Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publish Date: July 5, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Grace Lyndon is a rising ingénue 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.
Review: Mr. Stepakoff's newest book, The Orchard, is a simply stunning novel. I was totally wrapped up in the story and was left speechless afterward. The beauty and impassioned writing struck me hard and will always stick with me. I also learned quite a bit about the perfume/scent/flavor industry, about which I knew nearly nothing. A wonderful, touching novel about finding your passion in life and not letting it go once you have. If Mr. Stepakoff's other novels are like this one, I will definitely be reading them all!