By Lisa Tuttle
The award-winning writer of The Mysteries returns with one other eye-catching novel during which modern day enigmas and age-old myths come including spellbinding effects. here's a fascinating story set in a land wealthy with folklore–and ripe for a rekindling of the previous ways.
Nestled at the coast of Scotland, Appleton used to be well-known for its apples. Now, although the orchards are gone, locals nonetheless dream of the town’s glory days, whilst an Apple Queen used to be topped on the annual reasonable and sturdy good fortune appeared a life-style. And outsiders are nonetheless attracted to the fascinating village, together with 3 very varied American women.
Enchanted by means of Appleton’s famously ornate, gold-domed library, divorcée Kathleen Mullaroy has left her cosmopolitan task to begin anew because the town’s head librarian. Widowed Nell Westray hopes for a quiet lifetime of gardening within the position the place she and her husband spent their happiest moments. And younger Ashley Kaldis has come to discover her roots, and learns that the town’s fortunes grew to become while her grandmother was once topped Apple Queen–then mysteriously disappeared.
When a unexpected landslide cuts Appleton off from the broader world–and the standard constraints of reality–the village finds itself to be a rare position, inhabited via mythical beings, mystery rooms, and the blossoming of an extraordinary fruit now not obvious in many years. so much unforeseen is a good-looking stranger who will draw all 3 ladies into an Otherworld during which success and love will go back to Appleton–if just one of them will think.
Lush with the romance and attract of old traditions, The Silver Bough will propel you right into a land the place, as in Eden, the chew of a unmarried apple can adjust the total process reality.
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