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The Apple Orchard | [Susan Wiggs]

The Apple Orchard

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 100-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.
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Publisher's Summary

"Sometimes you stumble across a treasure when you’re looking for something else entirely."

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs brings listeners 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 100-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.

©2013 Susan Wiggs (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Compute Alabama 11-22-13
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    Sweet story line. Although it was predictable, I still enjoyed the book. Susan Wiggs always tells a good story, and this book was no exception. The story takes place in Sonoma County and the countryside is just beautiful. The friendships that are born in the story leave the reader with a smile and warm heart. The recipes were a unique twist in the book and make the reader want to try them out. I have to say, at the end of the book I was left smiling.

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    js33 New Jersey 05-23-13
    js33 New Jersey 05-23-13 Member Since 2011

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    but the recipes are kind of wasted. There was a good story line, character development was excellent. I enjoy Susan Wiggs books.

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    Kayla CAMPBELL HILL, IL, United States 05-22-13
    Kayla CAMPBELL HILL, IL, United States 05-22-13
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    This book was a good read. Love, secrets, history, and mystery that made for an interesting book. I would recommend this to any of my friends!

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-14-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    Three generations of secrets, dating back to WWII, when a young boy is robbed of his family and is forced to make a decision . . . what will he live FOR? This is a beautifully woven story of the cruelty suffered by not just the Jewish families, but the brave families that CHOSE to do the RIGHT thing during the war. A story of the youngest children, how they were forced to grow up, long before their time, how they watched their parents and grandparents be torn away from them . . . and still chose to live and fight. It's the story of what happened next . . . and the mistakes that were made along the way . . . the love and secrets that spanned three generations . . . the alienation that resulted and the path back to healing. I had to finish this book in one day . . . could not stop listening . . . and I dare say that LISTENING to this book is the way to go . . . you will almost smell the delicious bread baking in the kitchen . . . the descriptions are so vivid . . . beautifully written and narrated.

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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 05-09-13
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    "Lovely, Interesting Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Family secrets, history, mystery, and Love....all the characters were well written. The setting was beautiful. Things happen that bring all of them together. Loved Tess, loved her job, never thought about that type of sleuthing before, very interesting. The author did a great job of setting the scene and tying in all the characters in an interesting manner. She knows how to keep you involved. This is a book you could listen to more than once easily. Thoroughly engrossing. I appreciated the narration. She had a difficult job with the variety of accents but she did a good job.

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    miah Greensboro, NC, United States 02-11-14
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    Elaine Wellsville, New York, United States 01-14-14
    Elaine Wellsville, New York, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2009

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    Perhaps this was written for a young adult audience. For junior high school readers? I just returned another book so didn't feel I could return this one but it was not worth the money and certainly not the time. I'm not saying I could write a book but honestly, this is not literature.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 12-16-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 12-16-13 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Loved the recipes as much as the book"
    Where does The Apple Orchard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Apple Orchard was somewhere in the middle, given the fact that I've read hundreds of books. But it was an enjoyable read.


    What about Christina Traister’s performance did you like?

    Overall, I enjoyed Christina's performance though a few of her male voices were a bit annoying. Her Tess voice gave insight into Tess's personality and I felt she did a good job of this character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I rather enjoyed coming back to it over and over. I would say that it was a bit predictable… you could pretty much predict the outcome (which I shall not give away). But a good, enjoyable read.


    Any additional comments?

    Tess was a not altogether likeable character. However, her weaknesses were developed well by the author. Would recommend at any rate.

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-25-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-25-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Wonderful Story of Past- Present- Future"
    Where does The Apple Orchard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Apple Orchard ranks high among the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thing that I liked best about this story was how the author was able to bring a story full circle from WWII to the present. The author weaved the decades back and forth through out the story. She was able to bring the story to a conclusion only by understanding how each character related to the other.


    What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christina Traister was an excellent narrator. She gave each character a personality. She was able to express the many emotions that the character's felt very well. The story flowed smoothly with her ability to transition in and out of the various voices without so much as an intake of air being heard. I felt that there could not have been a narrator more perfect for this book. She made the book a joy to listen to.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Apple Orchard and why?

    The most memorable character of The Apple Orchard was Annelise. She was a very pivotable character from the beginning of the book until its end. Annelise had just called and talked with Magnus Johansen before he sustained his injury. She had first met Magnus early in his life when he intercepted Annelise as she was running away from the Gestapo. Her mother was being taken into custody when she and Annelise returned from a walk. Her mother kept yelling at her to run. She slipped through one of the soldier's fingers as he attempted to grab her coat. Magnus saw this occurring and as she ran past, he stepped in her path and was able to guide her down the street after calming her down. He was the one who rowed her to her grandmother's home, thus saving her life. Magnus was fourteen at the time and Annelise was ten. Annelise and Magnus would go full circle from that first meeting until the conclusion of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was well written. The character development was excellent. I would encourage my friend's to read this book. There was not any part of the book that I felt should have been left out. Susan Wiggs definitely knows how to write an enjoyable book. Yes, it was a love story that enveloped so many people from WWII to the present. It was a book about so many different kinds of love. Mother and daughter, sisters, grandfather, neighbors, children and even a couple's love. I am very glad that I purchased, The Apple Orchard.

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