The Orchard At The Edge Of Town, Apple Valley, book 3

Author: Shirlee McCoy

Publisher: Zebra/Kensington

Release Date: July 28, 2015

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Apricot Sunshine Devereux-Miller is running away and heading to her aunt's house in Apple Valley, Washington. After being stood up at the altar, she just needs to be left alone. Having a multi-million dollar business hasn't saved her from feeling lost and alone, so she needs a quiet place to regroup. Her aunt's house sits empty most of the year so she heads there in her old truck pulling her Airstream behind. When her truck quits three miles from her destination, she climbs on her old Schwinn bike, in her pink wedding gown, and pedals to the house.

Deputy Sheriff Simon Baylor answers a neighbor's call about a homeless person trespassing at Rose's house and finds Apricot sitting on the back porch in her tattered wedding gown. Simon has to make sure Apricot is who she says she is since he is new to town as well. Simon is a widower with twin eight-year-old girls he is trying to raise by himself. His sister-in-law helps him but she is filling the girls' heads with gossip and not making him happy.

When Apricot and Simon become drawn to each other and his daughters become interested in her, all kinds of strange things start happening. Daisy, Simon's sister-in-law, starts going nuts to draw Simon's attentions. It becomes very bad as Simon starts spending more time with Apricot.

This story is one of laughter, old hurts and the budding relationship of two strangers who find themselves finally feeling like they are home. All the quirky characters of the small town and the hippie side of it combine together to make for a fun read. This book is one for people of all ages to enjoy. I give THE ORCHARD AT THE EDGE OF TOWN 5 Blue Ribbons on Romance Junkies' website because I could relate to the feeling of not knowing which way your life is headed and needing a place to feel like home. The realization that no matter how much money you have doesn't help the loneliness is so true-to-life.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Diana S

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