The Apple Orchard

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MIRA, Apr 30, 2013 - Fiction - 426 pages
18 Reviews
"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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User 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

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User 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

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
23
Section 3
34
Section 4
53
Section 5
57
Section 6
80
Section 7
111
Section 8
133
Section 20
279
Section 21
287
Section 22
294
Section 23
307
Section 24
317
Section 25
333
Section 26
340
Section 27
349

Section 9
154
Section 10
165
Section 11
177
Section 12
209
Section 13
213
Section 14
228
Section 15
236
Section 16
242
Section 17
247
Section 18
259
Section 19
263
Section 28
363
Section 29
374
Section 30
383
Section 31
394
Section 32
398
Section 33
405
Section 34
421
Section 35
427
Section 36
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Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at www.SusanWiggs.com.

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