Welcome to my review of he third in Shirlee McCoy’s Apple Valley series. Please read on for my excerpt, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be one of three (3) readers to win a print copy of The Orchard at the Edge of Town.
The Orchard at the Edge of Town
I was at that point where I needed a sweet and heartwarming romance, and this popped up in my reading queue. Sometimes the reading gods are spot on – they certainly were here.
Apricot has retreated to her aunt’s house in Apple Valley after a breakup. She’s a successful businesswoman despite her unconventional upbringing and squabbling family, and the peace and quiet of Apple Valley is perfect for her to regroup.
Simon is the town deputy, and moved with his young daughters to Apple Valley after his wife’s death as his sister in law is there and able to help out with the twins. He’s been dealing with the guilt surrounding his wife’s troubles and their life together, but the grief is more fondness: all of his emotional energy is poured into their children, the twins Evie and Rori.
Neither was seriously looking for another relationship, and you have to admit that twins add a level of chaos to anyone’s life, but both Simon and Apricot are well-suited and wholly attracted. Both are well-developed, sympathetic characters that are easy to imagine in your own neighborhood. In fact, the ability of the characters to communicate their own fears and misgivings, as well as some pretty clever insets from the townsfolk feels natural and possible. A wonderful story that left me with a smile, and leaves me interested in the earlier titles in the series.
Title: The Orchard at the Edge of Town
Author: Shirlee McCoy
Series: Apple Valley #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Zebra
Published on: 28 July 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Apple Valley, Washington, is where starting over means surprising new chances, facing trouble always brings a helping hand—and the most unlikely hopes can forever come true…
Apricot Sunshine Devereux-Miller needs to stay lost. Her eccentric aunt's home in Apple Valley is the perfect place to forget her cheating ex-fiance and get her no-longer-perfect life back under control. Plus, it couldn't hurt to fix up the house and turn its neglected orchard into a thriving business. And if Apricot can keep deputy sheriff Simon Baylor's two lively young daughters out of mischief, maybe she can ignore that he’s downright irresistible—and everything she never dreamed she'd find ...
Simon isn't looking to have his heart broken again. He already has his hands full raising his girls. And lately he's thinking way too much about Apricot's take-charge energy and unwitting knack for stirring up trouble. He can't see a single way they could ever be right for each other. Unless they can take a crazy chance on trusting their hearts—and risking the courage to finally find their way home.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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