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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Orchard At The Edge Of Town: An Apple Valley Novel by Shirlee McCoy - Book Review

The Orchard at the Edge of Town (Apple Valley, #3)

About The Book:

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-fiance 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.

My Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed Shirlee McCoy's "Apple Valley" series, but "The Orchard At The Edge of Town" is my absolute favorite so far!

How can you not love a main character named Apricot Sunshine Devereux-Miller?  This feisty little spitfire flees L.A. after a disastrous wedding fiasco (complete with pink fluffy dress and an old broke-down truck) and finds herself seeking refuge at her Aunt Rose's house in Apple Valley, Washington. And when the neighbor thinks she's an intruder, Apricot's knight in shining armor (or shiny badge) arrives in the form of Simon Baylor.  And if the handsome deputy sheriff wasn't good enough reason to stay in Apple Valley, his two adorable twin daughters are! But can Apricot overcome her wedding fears and can Simon overcome his grief for his late wife to find a new love for themselves?

Shirlee McCoy does a great job gifting readers with a delightful romance that is full of humor, small town life, and a lot of love.  There is a bit of mystery threaded through the story, and there is a crazy ex-sister-in-law and loopy hippie parents to deal with, but the two main characters preserve in their quest for "True Love."

I loved this book and I think you will too.  Can't wait for the next Apple Valley book!

About The Author:

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. Readers can visit her website at www.shirleemccoy.com.

My thanks to Kensington Publishing for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Mary (Bookfan) said...

This sounds like a lot of fun!

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

It was adorable! I want to have a daughter named Apricot. Her sisters are Plum and Peaches!