By Lisa Tuttle
The award-winning writer of The Mysteries returns with one other appealing novel during which modern day enigmas and age-old myths come including spellbinding effects. this is 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, notwithstanding the orchards are gone, locals nonetheless dream of the town's glory days, while an Apple Queen used to be topped on the annual reasonable and stable success appeared a lifestyle. And outsiders are nonetheless attracted to the captivating village, together with 3 very diversified American women.
Enchanted by way 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 became whilst her grandmother was once topped Apple Queen–then mysteriously disappeared.
When a surprising landslide cuts Appleton off from the broader world–and the standard constraints of reality–the village finds itself to be a unprecedented position, inhabited through mythical beings, mystery rooms, and the blossoming of an extraordinary fruit no longer noticeable in many years. such a lot 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 believe.
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 chunk of a unmarried apple can regulate the complete process reality.
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