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May 06 2013

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Orchids for Billie (Finding Maria)


There is more to a rare orchid, and to a family, than meets the eye.It is the summer of 1955, and Jack Brandugan’s days are filled with baseball, fishing, and playing with his faithful dog Lady. Then the moving trucks arrive and eight-year-old Jack has to face the harsh realities of his family life: his mother is sick, his father is gone, and their house in the suburbs with its loft bedroom, winding banister and backyard ballfield would be for another family now. Their home will with his grandparents, hundreds of miles away. On moving day, a surprise discovery in his backyard and an invitation into his Grandmother’s sanctuary – her beloved greenhouse – inspires Jack to trade baseball for gardening. If he could grow his mother a priz

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