The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs
(Harlequin Mira, 2013, 426 pages)
I wanted a nice light read and The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs definitely fit the bill. Tess lives in San Francisco and finds and sells old treasures for a company similar to Sotheby’s or Christie’s. She’s used to being on her own and doesn’t really see anything changing for her, but she’s fine with that because she lives and breathes her job. Until a handsome man enters her life and reveals a hidden part of her life she never knew existed. Now she finds herself in Archangel, a small town near Sonoma, meeting family she never knew she had and getting caught up in trying keep a family orchard from falling into the hands of the bank.
There are a number of mysteries to be solved in this story and the novel shifts from present day back to WWII-era Denmark. This title is the first in a series and I could certainly see myself picking the second title up the next time I need a light read. It’s not heavy on the romance, the focus is on the family relationships, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to give this a try.