The Apple Orchard (Bella Vista Series #1)

The Apple Orchard (Bella Vista Series #1)

by Susan Wiggs
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS The Apple Orchard is a wonderful story. I really liked the characters. It draws you into Tess's life as she discovers another world she doesn't really understand, family. Tess is a stressed out single women living in San francisco. She is a treasurer hunter. She finds people missing treasures and sells them with her firm's auction house. We meet her returning a treasure to a old lady Annelise that the Germans stole during the occupation of Denmark. Annelise did not want to sell her treasure because she last saw her mother wearing it as the German's took her away. But as Tess was getting the sugar she found some other treasures that Annelise had bought at garage sales over the years. A banker Dominic Rossi came to her office and told her he was her grandfather's executor. Her grandfather Magnus Johansen is in the hospital in a coma. He planned to leave her half of his estate an apple orchard when he died. The other half is left to her sister. Tess did not know she had a half sister or a grandfather. The news made her have an attack. Tess found she had a panic disorder and she needed to change her lifestyle. Dominic flies her to meet her sister at the apple orchard. Tess discovers about her family's past. Their are surprises that her sister Isabel did not know either. They discover the past their grandfather had during Denmark's occupation. The story unfolds little by little told in flashback to that time. I wanted to find out all the answers as much as Tess did. Also for Tess and Isabel to work things out for them both. I hope later Isabel gets her own story. Their is lot of talk of food in the book and the recipes for the dishes they talk about. The recipes are all over the book. I think I like it better when the recipes all are in one location. It kind of broke the story up for me personally. Plus it makes me hungry. Tess is always in a hurry and slows down a little in the orchard. Tess and Dominic like each other right away. Dominic has two adorable kids and a ex-wife that wants to get back together with him. There are a few other things that keep them apart to work through. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 04/30/2013 PUB Harlequin Imprint Harlequin Mira 400 pages SBN9780778314936
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just loved this book. Both historical and modern, with touches of mystery and of course love. Every aspect of this book kept me wanting to read more and more, but was so sorry to see it end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read and at the same time complex and captivating. A charming story, it's the first in a new series. I'm already looking forward to the next installment. Memories and traces of memories are all Tess has of her own childhood--a father she never met and a mother whose travel left her with her grandmother, a memorable Irish woman who owned a second-hand shop in Dublin. When she discovers she's been left half of a one hundred-acre apple orchard in the town of Archangel, she is puzzled. Even more puzzling is that the other half of Bella Vista has been left to Isabel Johansen, a half sister she never knew she had. She meets her grandfather's banker, Dominic Rossi, a neighbor and part-time vintner. Dominic urges her to go see the dying man in hospital. Little by little she uncovers truths and discovers mysteries of which she had no knowledge, and she develops an impossible attraction to Dominic.  On the morning of a very important meeting with her boss to discuss her promotion, her life changes forever in ways she could not have imagined. Dominic Rossi, an attorney for the grandfather she didn't know she had, showed up in her office and informed her that her grandfather Magnus Johansen was in a coma and she had been named in his will and needed to come back with him to Archangel, a small town in the Sonoma country. There were so many unanswered questions and Tess didn't want any interruptions to her life. She certainly wasn't interested in traipsing off with a strange man to her grandfather's orchard when she had such a rewarding job in San Francisco. Tess is confronted with many unsettling issues after she arrives in Archangel, but she doesn't want to stay to sort through them. However, as each day goes by, she is more drawn to the life she discovered there. The characters were extremely well developed, and the plot had many twists and turns. Fantastic read.       
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the rare and magical books that somehow bring 3:19 am around way too quick! Really could not stop reading more and had to find out more! I love trying to figure out how the characters are woven together. I enjoy figuring some of it out and enjoy more, the surprises. Thank you for a great feel good book! Tears, smiles and laughs. Do wish though, that it was part of a series. I loved the characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A completely enchanting interwoven novel which takes you immediately into the lives of two women who had no idea that they were sisters until the welfare of their grandfather brings them together for the first time when his entire life hangs precariously on more than just whether or not he'll emerge from the coma he's now in; because, of a misstep on a ladder! Another must read by Susan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! What a wonderful story and great characters. Love Susan Wiggs books!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read in awhile that I didn't want to put down. It's well written and easily pulls you into the story. I loved the mix of history and present day. I think it would also be a good plot for a movie. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. This was my first time to read anything by Susan Wiggs, but it certainly won't be my last. Loved the description of the house, land, and surrounding area. Very heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Susan Wigg is one of the few authors I've read who can really get you involved in the people she writes about. I have read all of her books so far and I wait patiently(somewhat) 4 her next .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to get into story in the beginning but proved to be an interesting story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this book down. I love Susan Wiggs and she has never disappointed me in any of her books.
clay_nook More than 1 year ago
** Received this book in a Goodreads giveaway for an honest review. I had looked at this book in the book store, liked the cover, but the synopsis didn't grab me. Not having read this book would have been a mistake. It wasn't what I expected, which was a very pleasant surprise. This was my first Susan Wiggs book. The main characters had plenty of realistic flaws, with depth and personality. With the grandfather in a coma, the two granddaughters and family/friends have to put together the puzzle of their lives and determine how their futures are going to play out. Ms. Wiggs seamlessly tied in the history behind the grandfather and how it shaped the present. The recipes intertwined in the story are some that I look forward to sharing with my family and friends. This was my first Susan Wiggs book. I will be giving more of her books a chance (ignoring the publisher synopsis) to see what other treasures I can find.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Tess Delaney is good at finding and documenting lost treasurers for people. She enjoys finding the history behind objects probably because she has very little history of her own. Narrator Christina Traister does an excellent job giving distinct voices to each of the characters. She vocalizes the emotions of the characters making the listener feel their pain and joys. Tess’ world is turned upside down when Dominic Rossi appears at her office. He informs her she has a grandfather she never knew about and he’s in a coma. If he dies, she’s set to inherit half of Bella Vista, his 100-acre estate in the Sonoma town of Archangel. The other half goes to a half sister, Isabel Johansen, she never knew exited either. Following an anxiety attack that lands her in the hospital, Tess agrees to visit her grandfather’s apple orchard with Dominic. Meeting Isabel and her grandfather begins to change her life. Then the sisters learned their grandfather is about to lose the orchard and everything that goes with. When they begin to search for a way to save the orchard, they learn things about their family and themselves that they never knew. In addition, feelings between Tess and Dominic begin to develop and Tess contemplates a life she never imagined having. Author Susan Wiggs has crafted a delightful tale of hope and family. She explores the emotions of finding family and a history one never knew existed. In addition, she does a wonderful job touching on the effects those living through the Nazi invasion of Denmark endured. The characters are well-developed, realistic and very likeable. THE APPLE ORCHARD moves at a steady pace. The listener/reader is drawn in and doesn’t want to leave Archangel when the story ends. Thankfully listeners/readers will be able to return as this is the first installment in a mesmerizing new series by Wiggs. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the absolute Best book I have read in a long long time. Expertly written, historically accurate, and it flows perfectly. You know from the start that the book is also a puzzle. All of the pieces expertly arranged to come together at precisley the right moment. Perfect book club selection!!!!! I strongly urge you too read this again again and again.
lindyLW More than 1 year ago
Susan has out done herself with this book. You don`t want to put it down, it is so good. Such an emotional and loving story. I hope she makes this in a series.
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Best I've read in a while.
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I really enjoyed the story and read the second book as well. I am hoping there will be another one in the series.
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I found this story a great read. It is about a young woman named Tess who grew up in Ireland with a loving grandmother because Tess' mother was always away working. Tess never knew her father or his family and her mother would never revel any information when she asked. She knew her home life was so different from the other children in her neighborhood but didn't understand why they had to be so cruel to her. Tess always longed to know what having a family would be like but understood she would never have one. After her grandmother died Tess left her beloved Ireland to come to America and hoped she would be able to find her way and became very successful in the business world. She excelled in finding and returning lost heirlooms to their rightful owners. Little did Tess suspect she would soon be embarking on a journey which would span back to WWII and finally find the key for answers she had since her childhood. I started the book late afternoon and then had to close it to prepare my family's dinner. A couple hours later I was able to resume the story and even though it was getting late I could not put the book down with only 70 pages left to read. I ended up finishing it at 3:00am. For those who love to try new foods the book also includes many recipes which sound so delicious.