For Amy Fairfield, the family orchard is more than a business. With its blossom-scented air and rows of trees framed by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s her heritage and her future. But right now, it’s also a headache. Putting a painful breakup behind her, Amy has come home to help revitalize Fairfield Orchard. She doesn’t have time for the handsome—distracting—professor who wants to dig into her family’s history for his research.
Jonathan Gebhart knows he needs the Fairfields’ cooperation to make his new book a success. As for Amy—nothing in his years of academia could have prepared him for their sudden and intense attraction. He doesn’t want to complicate her life further, especially since she seems uneasy about his poking around in the past and he knows he’s not the sort of man built for forever. But some sparks can’t help but grow, and Jonathan and Amy may just learn that unexpected love can be the sweetest of all.
A charming story of moving on from past mistakes and finding the things that make you truly happy fills the pages of this book.
A whole family and part of the town make up the characters in this one. My favorite of the characters is Jonathon, the professor from the University. He's nerdy and lost in his research until he sees some muddy boots attached to an apple tree. The boots, or rather the owner of the boots draw his attention more than anyone ever has. He does an adorable job of trying to keep his distance not ready to have his heart broke again but that didn't work out so well.
The main character is Amy. She's got some issues in her past that has drawn her away from her family and the orchard where she grew up. Now she's back and trying to put the past behind her. And taking a risk on the Professor is so not in her cards or so she things. If she can stop overthinking things long enough to let herself feel, she may decide differently.
I enjoyed her twin, Tyler, a lot and see he is the focus of the next book. He's bound to be fun. Some of the other secondary characters drew my interest and even my dislike. I'm not fond of Carmen, despite her good cause for being disagreeable. I do love the dog, Uma. The Grandfather is a hoot and the Grandmother is too fun. It's a big family, some we haven't actually met yet. It's clear there are lots of stories buried in the apple orchard.
There a strong theme of history in this one too. The orchard used to belong to Thomas Jefferson and he comes up quite a bit. There is a lot to learn about him on that orchard.
This one mixes heavy chic lit with a side of romance. There are a couple of naked scenes so it's not completely sweet romance but it pretty sweet. A strong focus on healing is also a part of the story and not just for the main couple.
Charming and sweet, it brings healing to more than an orchard.