Friday, June 7, 2013

An Apple a Day

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs
Normally when I read a romance novel I know exactly what I'm getting into. A predictable story about about a couple who is apart by some circumstance, yet there's always a happy ending. I wouldn't say this is a bad aspect, just the opposite. It's nice knowing you're in for a happy and fun ride.

Here the story is of Tessa, who is told that she has a long lost sister named Isabel, and grandfather of whom she had never heard. The male in question is Dominic, who works at the bank foreclosing on her new-found family's apple orchard. So yes, this had all those cute and predictable elements, yet there was so much more as well.

First throughout the book there's the recipes. While this isn't expected in a romance novel, it isn't that uncommon either. And it's always fulfilling reading about characters eat delicious goodies like lavender scones or baked hot chocolate and knowing that you have the ability to create it in your own kitchen. But while I really enjoyed the recipes, this wasn't my favorite part.

Instead, I loved the historical subplot that took place in Denmark during the Holocaust. The only story I've read of the resistance in Denmark till now was Number the Stars growing up, so I loved reading more on it. If you aren't well versed in this history, the people of Denmark were able to smuggle around 8,000 Jews to safety in Sweden almost overnight. In fact, almost 99% of Jewish population of Denmark survived the war. Imagine if the people of every country conquered by the Nazis put up such a fight?

Another item I've come to expect from romance novels is that a series is full of connected characters. Since this is the first book of a series, I can't wait to see the other characters highlighted. I imagine the next book will be one Isabel, and while she wasn't my favorite character, I can't wait to see what awaits her!


Disclosure: I was provided this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. This is on my reading list, too. Thanks for an interesting review.

  2. Sounds educational and interesting. Great review.

  3. Goodness, this sounds like this has everything I love in a book: history, food, and romance!