The passionate new novel by the author of FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA.
Grace Lyndon is a rising ingenue in the world of perfumes and flavors; a stiletto-wearing, work-a-holic in Atlanta, she develops aromas and tastes to enthrall the senses. Dylan Jackson is a widowed single father whose heart and hands have been calloused in the fields of his North Georgia apple farm. When Grace happens to taste an apple picked from Dylan's trees, it changes both their lives forever.
Determined to track down the apple's origin, Grace sets off in the middle of the night where she finds not only a beautiful mountain orchard in the clouds, but the mysterious man who owns it. In Stepakoff's heartbreaking eloquence, their sudden yet undeniable attraction is threatened--leaving readers with a momentous finale that proves Jeffrey Stepakoff is a master craftsman of the heart.
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Thomas Dunne Books
July 01, 2011
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Excerpt from The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff
e no connections to Georgia. Paris is my home." It tumbled out more defensively then she intended, and that was not lost on him.
"Grace, whether we like it or not, we all come from someplace." His tone was gentler, caring, like that of a mentor. "And at some point in our lives, we have to make our peace with that place."
Perhaps it was his manner, perhaps his words, but something about that resonated with her. He seemed to know so much about her, seemed to have prepared for this conversation. And she thought about all of this as she watched Madame Brugiere patting her baby bump, posing for more photographers, and waving to someone who looked very much like one of the Spice Girls.
"She may get the credit for the new fragrance design, but did she have the real vision for it? " Bill leaned into Grace as he spoke. "Because if someone works for me, I always make sure that she is both rewarded and recognized when she does good. That's just smart business, something I know a thing or two about, old Southern boy that I am."
Grace considered him, and then asked, "What kind of opportunity are we talking about? "
Bill's smile broadened.