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Book Review of The Apple Orchard (Bella Vista Chronicles, Bk 1)

The Apple Orchard (Bella Vista Chronicles, Bk 1)
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This was the first book by Susan Wiggs that I have read. I received this book through GoodReads First Reads program. Many thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to become familiar with Susan Wiggs writing. This wont be the last of her books that I will read.
Ms. Wiggs writing is absolutely delightful. Her descriptions took me right back to Sonoma (where I have spent quite a bit of time). I could almost smell and taste the delicious food she described Isabella cooking. For those who like book-related recipes, you will love these. They all sound yummy. The characters were well-developed Tess, Isabella, Magnus, Dominic, Trini, Antonio. They became like friends or family. (Although Dominic was a bit too perfect.) The descriptions of Tess career really had me intrigued. She recovers treasures and restores them to their lawful owners. This was fascinating to me. Sometimes I have difficulty with the books that switch from present to past then back to present. Not with this one. I always knew exactly where/when I was throughout the story. Her transitions were very smooth. I was pleasantly surprised by the intricacies of the story taking me back to Magnus involvement with the Resistance Fighters in Denmark in WWII. While this was a romance there was much more to the story.
If you have trouble saying good-bye to this loving family, this is the first book in a series.

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