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Persephone's Orchard (The Chrysomelia Stories Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Being above ground is overrated, right? Anyone who is fond of mythology will absolutely love Persephone's Orchard." - Nevaeh's New Adult Book Blog

"Molly Ringle has crafted an excellent piece of fiction. ... one which encourages me to cuddle under the covers, knees up, and enjoy the spicy details." - Long and Short Reviews

"If you love Greek mythology, particularly the story of Hades and Persephone, then you should definitely add Persephone's Orchard to your TBR list. I was very impressed with Molly Ringle's reworking of the myth, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for the rest of the series." - Rally the Readers

"I felt a deep connection with this beautiful retelling of this Greek myth (which is my favorite), and how she has wound it all together into this delectable story. I believe Ms. Ringle's readers will be enthralled by this journey too!" - A Bookish Escape

From the Author

It doesn't take much research to find that there is no one "proper" way to tell any of the Greek myths. People developed their own favorite versions in different areas, with contradictory details cropping up between one story and another. Therefore, in taking a Greek myth and turning it on its ear, I figure I'm only adding to the longstanding tradition of creating a version of events I personally am fond of.

The ancient myths all tend to agree that Hades kidnapped Persephone, completely against her will, traumatizing her and breaking her mother Demeter's heart. But for reasons I can't fathom (maybe I simply wanted a prettier story?), ever since I was a teenager I wanted to see a version where Persephone loved Hades, and he loved her too. (It's possible he did in the original myth, and just had an unhealthy way of showing it. We don't get a lot of glances into Hades' mind in those old stories.) But in rewriting the myth that way, it became clear that if Hades wasn't the villain in the triangle, someone else would have to be.

Product Details

  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing; 1 edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Molly Ringle grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Seattle with her husband and children. Her studies include a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of arts in linguistics. She was a Tri-Delta in college, in an old sorority house that was supposedly haunted, which inspired some of the central ideas for 'The Ghost Downstairs.' She also loves folklore and mythology, and is working on new novels about the Greek myths. 'Persephone's Orchard' is the first in the series. When not writing, she can often be found experimenting with fragrances, chocolate, and gardening.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kirSib on July 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ugh, I hate being the first negative review of a book. People tend to say your review was unhelpful just because they disagree, but I'm going to put myself out there anyways.

I went into this book with high hopes because of all the glowing five-star-across-the-board reviews, so I was probably even more disappointed when I found myself skimming most of the second half. I'm giving it 2.5 stars because it wasn't terrible, it had some interesting things going for it, but it wasn't for me and I was mostly bored through the whole thing.

I actually did like the author's take on mythology for this book, and thought it was clever to give them a more human backstory. However, I really didn't care for the reincarnation line. I thought it would have been a much better story without any modern day characters or rehashing of past lives. That could have been interesting, but it wasn't because she didn't go into any of them in depth, they were just used to string us along until the "big reveal." If only she had just told us the story of Hades and Persephone using her unique spin. Instead, we have these modern day characters who are supposedly the umpteenth reincarnation of some ancient gods, and "Persephone" spends most of the book trying to remember her previous lives so she can decide if she likes "Hades" or not. In order to do this, she has to sleep... a lot. She just kept sleeping so she could dream to find out what happened, and then they'd hug and visit his airstream trailer for some chaste studying or to throw a stick for his dog, then he'd take her home. There were some bad guys, who were not very scary, thrown in just to keep us on our toes too.

Overall, I just felt that the relationship between Aiden and.. I can't even remember her name..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received an e-copy from Central Avenue Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

With Persephone's Orchard Molly Ringle has breathed new life into Greek mythology and completely turned the story of Persephone and Hades as we know it on its head. And I loved every minute of it!

The main characters, Sophie and Adrian, live in present time, with their story as Persephone and Hades told masterfully in a series of dreams and memories. Both the mortal and spirit worlds are so richly detailed it's like you've fallen directly into them and can reach out and touch both the past and present. Their romance develops over the course of the novel and it is so lovely to see souls reconnect with each throughout time.

I was drawn to both Sophie and Adrian. Ade shows true perseverance with the tragedies that occurred in his mortal life and his determination to help the souls of the Underworld (both as Hades and his current incarnation). He's also very protective of Sophie. While he wants her by his side, the mysterious cult of Thanatos threatens them both at every turn causing him to doubt his decisions about her involvement. Sophie, initially unsure of the story Adrian tells her, let's her natural curiosity and then her memories lead her further into the dual realities and closer to Adrian. She's also not afraid to take a stand against Thanatos when she and Adrian are both threatened.

As I watched the page numbers creep closer and closer to the end, I realized that there weren't enough left to finish the entire story. Sophie and Ade are left in a good place, so it's not a horrible cliff hanger, but I'm already dying for book 2 to learn what happens next with them. Not to mention to learn the rest of the story of Persephone and Hades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brittany @ Spare Time Book Blog on June 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to be approached by the author to do a review for this book. Of course I was instantly interested given my love of all things mythology related. This was the most creative take on Hades and Persephone's story have ever read. I absolutely loved it. The reincarnation into new bodies was brilliant. We got to see an Underworld like we never have. Through Persephone's and Hades memories we got to see and learn about the Underworld through them. There was so much to take in and the writing was done in such a way that I could picture it. The back and forth between now and past memories was done great. I didn't feel like the story stalled or flowed badly. I loved this story of Persephone and Hades and I never thought I would say that!

Sophie is your average teenager who is going off to college and trying to adjust to being away from family and her boyfriend. She barley gets to college and things take a turn for the crazy. She is pulled into an alternate universe where she meets Adrian. Who tries pretty hard to convince her he isn't a stalker. Things for Sophie will never be the same after that. She is now plunged into a world of magic, love, and danger. Not everyone likes the idea of immortals being able to make more and alternate universes. Things get dangers for Sophie's life quickly changes from normal to not normal. She has to make important decisions that could potentially change her life forever. Will she be able to give up her family and her life for love? Will she ever be safe again?

Hades is described as the hottest version of him I have ever heard. I am completely, 100% ok with this. He isn't evil like in other depictions of him. The world is set up so well that I felt like I really go to know him.
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