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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Small Seed Press (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615477836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615477831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautiful and haunting tale about generations connected by livelihood and place, Ford evokes the great books by Kingsolver and Steinbeck. Lush prose, conflicted characters so vividly drawn you would recognize them passing them on the street." ~Melissa Westemeier, Ecowomen.net

More About the Author

Rachel Devenish Ford is the wife of one Superstar Husband and the mother of five incredible children. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she spent six years working with street youth in California before moving to India to help start a meditation center in the Christian tradition. She can be found eating street food or smelling flowers in many cities in Asia. She currently lives in Northern Thailand, inhaling books, morning air, and seasonal fruit.

She is deep in the revisions of her second novel and the compilation of the second Journey Mama book.

Customer Reviews

It is also a tender love story.
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In her debut novel, Rachel Devenish Ford has crafted a narrative with characters so real you feel like you're eavesdropping on their lives.
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She didn't even seem to like anyone else either.
PattyM

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. on June 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
What a beautiful book! While some of the other reviews say you'll want to read "The Eve Tree" in one sitting, I suggest that you take the opposite approach: Read a couple of chapters, then set the book aside and think about it, then read a little more, and then think more. Enjoy the book slowly. Savor it. Don't race through to see what happens next. You'll get to the end eventually and in the meantime, will be able to slowly enjoy Rachel Devenish Ford's beautiful creation.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ElleBee on June 13, 2011
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In her debut novel, Rachel Devenish Ford has crafted a narrative with characters so real you feel like you're eavesdropping on their lives. One can't help but get caught up, not only in the story of a California wildfire and the logistics surrounding it, but in the lives of Molly and Jack Boscelli. Ford gives the reader a real and poignant and not always pretty look into the mother-daughter relationship between Catherine and Molly. Molly's battle with mental illness and the way her family views it is at once sorrowful and loving. It reminds anyone who has been touched by mental illness that one's own mind is often a dangerous neighborhood. When I put the book down I felt like I should tell the characters "Don't worry, I'll be back soon!"
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor on May 31, 2011
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In this story of a family, a ranch and a fire, Rachel Devenish Ford has created a mesmerising work of art. Hers is a unique style which combines detailed realism with lyrical fantasy, creating a world so powerful that it left me feeling elated. Devenish Ford understands the complexities of human relationships, and when she reveals these truths she also reveals the beauty of life.

If you've ever struggled with your role as a mother, a daughter or a wife then this novel is your comfortable place to fall. Most importantly, if you have struggled with (in Devenish Ford's own words) "the dark, slippery places of the mind" then I urge you to rush to read this novel. It will bring you through the fire safely, and prove to you that the wildflowers can still bloom.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By KindleJunkie on March 11, 2012
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This book pulls in too many themes without unifying them, making for a frustrating read. For instance, Molly's mental illness is not fully explored. In short-changing this theme, the book fails to treat it with the respect it deserves, making it a trite reason for her anger and volatility when really she has reason enough to be pissed off. The fire is approaching her family ranch, a symbol of another life failure and her family itself - the family who cannot look upon her without thinking about the mental breakdown she had 16 years ago. She feels alone, helpless, and out of time. The consistent love of her husband is not enough, in part because he lacks the courage to see things through her eyes. His love is genuine but it's easier for him to think her emotions are fueled by "illness" rather than the very real fear of losing everything. So, his love highlights her pain.

This book could be better, if only it were simplified to make room for the profound. Molly is not so different from most women who see themselves as failing when really, they are surviving. She is like the land itself. You may strip the land of all that rests upon it but it's still there, right under your feet!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PattyM on April 4, 2012
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I just finished this book, and it took me a while to get through it.
Though I think the story idea was a good one, I just could not get past the constant whiny main character, Molly.
All she did was whine and complain. She was just a huge "poor me" victim who blamed everyone else for anything going bad in her life.
With so many people there to help save her ranch, she didn't seem at all thankful, or even likable. I don't know why anyone would volunteer to help her. She didn't even seem to like anyone else either. What a miserable person.
Her mother wasn't much better. Not sure why she chose to come and help with the ranch, but when she did, she hid away in a cabin and painted the entire time. Must be where Molly gets her social skills.
She just got on my nerves the entire book.
It was hard to look past her and finish the story..but I did.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Afole on January 24, 2012
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If you want to read a book about a woman who is constantly dealing with some mental issue,and therefore puts her family at risk and treats everyone around her with thinly veiled or outright anger and selfishness, read this book. Her husband is forever trying to show his wife love and affection, is madly in love with her, and is constantly rebuffed by her. I think the intent was probably to portray a family struggling with some serious generational issues, and weave in a ribbon of love for family and land, but what came across to me was repetitive lashing out,repetitive danger themes, and repetitive loss without any of the beauty of the struggle and only the ugly parts. The story was stilted, and sudden revelations were barely connected to past exploits, and seemed to made for convenience in explaining things rather than as true driving forces.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eileen M. Plunkett on December 19, 2011
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I find it difficult to find the words to express how much I enjoyed The Eve Tree. What a great gift the author gave me with such varied and interesting characters. I am 75 years old and happen to live in Northern CA so this had special meaning for me. I know what fire can do here and have seen its destruction. Rachel was able to get into the hearts and heads of all the characters and make them my neighbors and friends.

I could feel what they felt, think what they thought and be afraid as they were. I could feel the tension between mother and daughter and husband and wife. This book was one of the best I have ever read. It touched my every nerve and emotion. I wanted it to go on and on and cannot wait for Rachel's next book. I got it early when it was free to all and I can say that it is worth every penny of the current cost. Buy this book, I guarantee that if you love excitement and love, you will truly enjoy The Eve Tree.
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