Author: Susan Wiggs
Goodreads: “Sometimes you stumble across a treasure when you’re looking for something else entirely.”#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers 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 hundred-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.
Ope’s Opinion: This review is hard to write. I was in the middle of moving both my daughters into their new houses when I was reading this. I was interrupted and didn’t have a chunk of time to enjoy reading.
My interest in the book came and went. Parts of it grabbed my attention and I wanted to keep reading and other parts were boring to me. The overall story line itself was very good.
The genre says romance and there was some, but I thought it was more of a mystery. It was about figuring out secrets from the past. I liked the twists and turns and where it took me as a reader.
If you enjoy history and figuring out how it effects the people in the present – you will enjoy this book.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.
I was not required to write a positive review
in exchange for receipt of the book;
rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.