Scarred by betrayal, Belle mellows from bitterly unforgiving, to a woman willing to swallow her pride to win back the man she never stopped loving. Cut from the same cloth as her grandfather, Pap, who owns the biggest apple orchard in North Carolina, she risks her life rescuing four hundred antique apple trees her neighbor has spent a lifetime collecting from old farms all over the South. From them, Belle, a botanist, is hellbent on creating a "billion dollar" apple she'll call the Carolina Belle.
Matt has worked for Pap since he was old enough to hold up his end of an apple box. Pap thinks of him as the son he never had, but Belle as the man whom she loved and who betrayed her.
Recently divorced, Matt pursues Belle, the love his father forced him to turn his back on. Will the missteps of their past keep them from trusting each other, or will their suppressed love bloom enough to overcome unfounded suspicions.
Rich in emotion and driven by suspense, this tale reveals the bold, resourceful character needed for a clan to survive for five generations in the precarious business of apple growing in the North Carolina Mountains. Woven throughout this story is the fascinating history of the American apple that started when countless settlers planted seeds all over the country and kicked off one of the biggest evolutionary experiments this nation has ever seen.
Read this novel and you'll never look at an apple the same way again.
|Publisher:||John F Blair, Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Rose Senehi lives in Chimney Rock, NC, and Carolina Belle is her eighth novel, and the fifth in her Blue Ridge series of “stand alone” books. Among them, Render Unto the Valley was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal for Fiction—Southeast. Dancing on Rocks was awarded the 2014 Indi-Reader Discovery Award for Popular Fiction. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock was nominated for the 2009 SIBA Book Award. The Wind in the Woods was nominated for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her other novels include Pelican Watch, Windfall, and Shadows in the Grass.