"It was only too bad that to gossip and support mean ideas was easier and more enjoyable, really, than to keep quiet and know in silence that the true story can never be told, articulated in a way that will tell the whole truth. Even if it is better to be quiet, quietness will never reign. People talked, even the best of them."
Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist (paperback by Orion Publishing) is set at the turn of the 20th century in the US and the story revolves around William Talmadge, who happens upon two filthy, starving and very pregnant teenage girls stealing his apples. Instead of driving them away, he gives them shelter and tries to slowly win their trust.
Should you want to find out more about this book, here's the video where I talk about it:
See you soon!