Bella Vista Chronicles
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  • 1
    The Apple Orchard | Susan Wiggs

    The Apple Orchard

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (508)

    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.

    Cliche Storyline With One-Dimensional Characters

    The narrator was the only good part of this book. I'll sum up the story (spoiler alert):

    First Third of Story: "Woe is me. I'm a type A pe..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 09 2014 by Alexis (SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States)
  • 2
    The Beekeeper's Ball: Bella Vista Chronicles, Book 2 | Susan Wiggs

    The Beekeeper's Ball: Bella Vista Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (159)

    Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school - a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project… and the perfect place for her to forget the past.

    Narration Can Ruin a Book
    Reviewed on October 22 2014 by Sherwood (Seattle, WA USA)