martedì 4 agosto 2015

Review & Giveaway: The Orchard at the Edge of Town by Shirlee McCoy

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Apple Valley #3
Shirlee McCoy
Releasing July 28th, 2015
Kensington: Zebra

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-fiancé 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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My Review

This novel has been a really pleasant reading, is so romantic, sweet, funny, with many interesting and bizarre characters and a set very special. I would love to live in Apple Valley, move into Aunt Rose's old house to enjoy the sight of her magnificent orchard! The author has created a small community very friendly, cheerful, rich in traditions and legends, a little gossipy but you know that every country is so. Simon could not have chosen a better place to raise her twins. His wife died when the girls did not even have one years old. She was born and raised in Apple Valley and he thought it would be nice for his little girls grow up in the country where their mother was known and loved. Here lives also his sister-in-law Daisy who could help him in reconciling his job as deputy sheriff with the care of his daughters.
Apricot comes to Apple Valley yet wearing her wedding dress: boyfriend was not able to be faithful  not even their wedding day. She's runned away with her wrecked van and has taken refuge at her aunt Rose's home, when she's a child had been there so many times. She wants to be alone for to decide what to do with her future. The last thing she wants is another relationship but meets Simon, the man with the greenest eyes she'd ever seen .....
Apricot and Simon are great characters: the chemistry between them is perfect, even if neither of them wants a new relationship, the attraction they feel for each other is strong. Right from birth she had to fight with the extravagance of her parents: her name (Apricot Sunshine), she grew up in a commune, has never had a stable, a family security. Stability, security, serenity are the things she wants with all of herself and that her almost husband could not give her. Luckily she found out before exchanging vows. Simon's heart is very hurt, he feels guilty for not being able to save his wife. Perhaps Apricot is the right person to heal his wounds
It's the third book in the series "Apple Valley" but can easily be read as a stand alone: ​​I have not had any trouble. This was my first time reading a book by this author and I can say with certainty that it will not be my last! 

I recommend it to those who love contemporary romantic novels. This is the perfect read for the summer.

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Shirlee McCoy spent her childhood making up stories and acting them out with her sister. It wasn’t long before she discovered Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, her mother’s gothic romances . . . and became an ardent fan of romantic suspense. She still enjoys losing herself in a good book. And she still loves making up stories. Shirlee and her husband live in Washington and have five children.

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