The Apple Orchard
"Sometimes you stumble across a treasure when you're looking for something else entirely."
#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. A place where falling in love is not only possible, but inevitable.
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CMDH5 - LibraryThing
Susan Wiggs simply does family, those we are born into, and those we create for ourselves, masterfully. She is at the top of her game in the Bella Vista Chronicles. Interwoven between the beautiful ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - debs4jc - LibraryThing
At the heart of this story is the journey that the main character, Tess, takes as a sudden revelation about her family jerks her out of her workaholic world as an authenticator of art and antique ... Read full review