I don’t know where I first saw The Apple Orchard (2013), by Susan Wiggs, the popular bestselling romance writer. But it struck my fancy and piqued my interest. It doesn’t appear to be just another romance novel.
Tess Delaney is a successful young woman in the antiques business who knows nothing about family life. Not until she discovers she has an unknown grandfather in a coma who has named her in his will, and a half-sister she has never met. Tess is drawn into the circle of her unfamiliar relatives and finds out what it means for something to have value far beyond its monetary worth.
This review by Bobbi Dumas appeared in NPR Books last May.
“Earlier this month, Susan Wiggs’ The Apple Orchard hit The New York Times best-seller list, exploring a woman’s discovery of a family she never knew she had, and a long-lost heirloom that could save the land and business they’ve built since arriving in California just after World War II. As a treasure hunter on the cusp of reaching all her professional goals, Tess Delaney will see her life turned upside down. Everything she thought she valued is re-assessed when she learns some astounding truths about who she is, where she comes from and what really matters. Mixed in with the engaging contemporary storyline are flashbacks to Nazi-occupied Denmark, which highlight that country’s notable and successful attempts to defend its besieged Jewish population. Romance is front and center for Tess in the modern world, while the secrets of the past lie buried in a dusty tomb of lost loves and missed opportunity, just waiting for discovery and perhaps even a second chance.”
I look forward to curling up with this book.