The Apple Orchard

The Apple Orchard

eBook - 2013
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers to the lush abundance of Sonoma county in a novel of sisters, friendship and how memories are woven like a spell around us.

Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother's beloved necklace--despite Tess's advice. To Annelise, the jewel's value is in its memories.

But Tess's own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.

The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she's never heard of. Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.

And in a season filled with new experiences, Tess begins to see the truth in something Annelise once told her: if you don't believe memories are worth more than money, then perhaps you've not made the right kind of memories.

From one of America's most beloved writers, The Apple Orchard is a story of family ties--both old and new--and of the moments that connect our hearts.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : MIRA, 2013.
ISBN: 9781460311899
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Nov 05, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book with a fruit or veggie in the title. i was pleasently suprised with how much i enjoyed this book. it had just the right amout of faith and romance. i would definately try another by this author

bibliosara Jan 02, 2018

I'm a long-time Wiggs reader. My mom and I have gradually checked off many of her books, and eagerly anticipated anything new of hers. Lately, I've been getting a little disappointed in the repititous plots, but The Apple Orchard (and it's sequel, although that is another review for another day) revived my faith in Wiggs' storytelling abilities.
The Apple Orchard introduces us to the Delaney family. Much of the story centers around Tess, who uncovers family secrets after suddenly inheriting an apple farm from a grandfather she never know-and may never have the chance to meet.
Throughout the novel, Wiggs also tells the story of Tess' grandfather as a young man.
With a passionate romance, family drama, and the journey of Tess to discover who she is and who she wants to be, Wiggs proves that she is one of the great contemporary novelists (when she sets her mind to it).
I also found both Apple Orchard and The Beekeeper's Ball to be lovely audiobooks! I almost enjoyed listening more than reading, and I'm not an audiobook type of gal.

Oct 24, 2016

Sweet and fairly predictable, this is a fast and easy read with better than average character development and plot. Kind of like a bowl of chicken noodle soup - you'll enjoy it, it'll fill you up, and you'll feel satisfied afterwards.

rapheallaquarshie Oct 30, 2015

good i love such books is interesting,iwill love to read more .

samdog123 Aug 18, 2015

Tess Delaney is a modern day artifact and treasure hunter, restoring precious objects to previous owners. When she's named as partial heir to Bella Vista, an apple orchard, she meets family members for the first time. Slowly love and trust develop, making for changes that will last forever.

May 10, 2015

Good historical fiction and independent career woman who opens herself to new found family. Heartwarming.

Aug 20, 2014

I never received this book. My Kindle does not have Wi-Fi.

LaughingOne Aug 17, 2014

Fairly implausible story yet I got caught up in it quickly. It was obvious to me that Tess needed to make changes in her life but I didn't expect the things that did happen. That characters from different places and times all somehow fit together during this story -- that stretched believability too. But I liked the characters, and the story, and was rooting for positive endings for everyone. So the story did work for me, in the end.

BCD2013 May 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Tess Delaney authenticates antiques for an auction house until the pull of a family she didn’t know she had takes her to an estate in a small town in California.
- Selection Team

Mar 03, 2014


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