The Apple Orchard Published by MIRA on February 24, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
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A NEW ORIGINAL HALLMARK MOVIE: THE SECRETS OF BELLA VISTA!
From #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs
"...sweet, crisp and juicy."--Elin Hilderbrand
"A powerful story of love, loss, hope and redemption."--Kirkus, Starred Review
Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their owners. People like Annelise Winther, who has just been reunited with her mother's long gone necklace, worth a sum that could change her life. To Annelise, whose family was torn apart during WWII, the necklace represents her history, and the 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. Then the enigmatic Dominic Rossi arrives on her San Francisco doorstep with the news that the grandfather she never knew is in a coma and that she's destined to inherit half of his apple orchard estate called Bella Vista. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen, the half-sister she didn't know she had.
With Dominic and Isabel by her side, Tess discovers 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.
Wiggs deftly weaves a narrative that takes the reader from present day California to Denmark during WWII to tell a story of family ties both old and new--and the moments that connect our hearts.
Read The Bella Vista Chronicles by Susan Wiggs:
Book One: The Apple Orchard
Book Two: The Beekeeper's Ball
I am participating in the 2023 Unread Shelf Project, and the January prompt is to pick a book from your shelf that means comfort to you. For me, Fantasy is my comfort genre, but as a result, I read a ton of Fantasy. So I went for my other love and family stories, and the Bella vista chronicles have been on my list to pick up and enjoy for a long time. Finally, I got the comfort of an old fashion treasure hunt to save a wonderful working apple orchard, found a family, and a sweet budding romance. It is a perfect light read that tugs just a bit at your heartstrings, has a bit of mystery, and all the feels of discovering family when you thought you had none.