Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book Review: The Apple Orchard

About the Book:
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.

My Comments:
For most of this book I loved it.  I loved watching Tess as she traded the convenient relationships of work for the deeper relationships of family and love. I liked the flashbacks to WWII and the 1980's.  I smiled as  Tess met and fell in love with a wonderful guy, and when she was willing to sacrifice that love for the good of a family.  However, at the end the book became very unrealistic and too many unlikely things had to happen in a short period of time for everything to work  out well.  

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade:  B

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