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A Can of Peas (Lake Emily, Book 1) Paperback – July 16, 2002
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After the death of his grandfather, Peter Morgan and his new bride, Mae, face a life-changing decision: should they embrace the career-chasing ambitions of their family and friends in St. Paul or accept the absurd challenge of saving the family farm in the Minnesota countryside?
Enticed by the romance of a simple, quiet life, the Morgans set out to follow in the footsteps of Peter's grandparents. Soon, Peter is farming around the clock, barely one step ahead of failure as Mae struggles to find her place in Peter's life and in the community. Will the strain of saving the farm tear their marriage apart? Was it a mistake to dream?
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Peter and May face a huge decision when Peter's grandfather dies, and, tantalized by the romance of the notion, they choose to abandon city life/careers and try to save the family farm in rural Minnesota. Predictably, the stress and strain of such a choice puts a cramp in their marriage - and their dream is in danger of withering on the vine.
Wonderful story, wonderful storytelling, wonderful author. Try it. You'll never look at the shining produce in the stalls of a farmers' market thru the same eyes.
Kind of like if Jan Karon set her books in America's heartland, A Can of Peas has that same gentle yet tough-minded sensibility. Filled with memorable characters, heartwarming stories, and unforgetable snapshots of rural Minnesota, A Can of Peas is almost perfect. I can't wait for this author's next one!
The author has an uncanny way of making Lake Emily and its diverse cast of characters come fully alive. I grew up on a farm in the Midwest, and I can attest to the truth of Traci's portrayal of farm life. Think of Jane Smiley without the darkness, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what's going on here.
I predict a very bright future for Traci DePree when word gets out about her.
Want something truly uplifting? Try A Can of Peas
Let me tell you, I picked it up and couldn't put it down. That's the fastest I've ever read any book. The next time we got together, everyone but Suze Dennison had read it. Boy, was that a lively meeting! We couldn't quit gabbing. Everyone had their favorite scene that they wanted to read out loud. Our group hasn't gone this crazy about a book since the first Mitford.
Want something fresh and lively without even the slightest whif of prurience? Then get a hold of this dandy. You won't be disappointed.
And she wasn't wrong. A Can of Peas was unlike anything I'd ever read before. There's this deep down--I don't know what--sincerity? versimilitude? honesty? glee? Maybe all of that at once. All I know is I'm buying a car load and giving 'em away for Christmas.
Living as I do near San Francisco, perhaps the most cosmopolitan city on this continent (if not the planet), A Can of Peas brought back some long-forgotten memories. But you know what? You don't have to have grown up on the farm to appreciate Traci DePree. Lots of my native Left Coast friends have read her book, and they get a kick out it too. Probably some kind of nostalgia wish-fulfillment trip or something.
In any case, thank you, Ms. DePree, for the wonderful memories. Can't wait to go back for another visit.
The characters reminded me of real people in my community. Real people and real issues. The story reminds me of something I would see from Hallmark Presents.
The story was very moving with "down to earth feel good" situations surrounded by issues real people encounter on the farm and in everyday life.
If you don't have a farm background or not even interested in farming. This is a story about following your heart and living your dream.
Way to go Mrs. Depee I for one will be awaiting more from this author.
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Turns the heart towards God through the twists and turns of life, the joys and sorrows, the angst and peace.Published 14 months ago by William B Patrick
A story of love and loss. Deeply moving story of hope, and fear and the change that comes with believing that God is always near.Published 14 months ago by Mingle Mingle
I received this book as a gift and absolutely loved it. I loved the way the author wrote this story about a small town of farmers. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Mayra Cuevas
This novel is nicely edited and the premise of the story had great potential.
The main character, Mae, is recently wed to Peter Morgan. Read more
Although a few reviewers stated that this book was boring, I would tend to disagree. No it wasn't a heart-beating drama nor a particularly "deep" Christian story, the focus of the... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Library Lady
The book was received on time as promised and in good condition. Thank you.Published on November 5, 2009 by Geraldine W. Gracie
Traci DePree's Lake Emily series is one of the best I've read - ever!
Wonderful characters. Clever interweaving of personal history - you will know each one personally as... Read more