The Apple Orchard
Harlequin MIRA (May 2014)
Originally published May 2013 in hardcover.
- The author uses nonlinear story structure (present day interspersed with scenes from the past) for several of her books. Here, she takes us back to WWII Denmark where we see Magnus Johansen as a young boy. Can the past, particularly one’s ancestry, influence the present? What are some examples of this in the book?
- How would you feel if someone told you had a half sister you never knew about? Neither Tess nor Isabel ever had the chance to meet their father, Erik. Do you think this paternal tie is what pulls them together, or do you think the bonds of sisterhood go much deeper than a shared father?
- Tess and Isabel couldn’t be more different. One is a brash, deal-making, world-weary redhead who can’t slow down and pursues lots of seemingly superficial friendships, and the other is a calm brunette who’d rather stay at Bella Vista creating farm-to-table meals with her extended family than venture out. This picture would certainly support the theory of nurture vs. nature. Yet, if you look more closely, you’ll find that the two sisters have more in common than meets the eye. What characteristics do