I love a great surprise. When I read Apple Orchard, last year, by Susan Wiggs, the first in her Bella Vista Chronicles, I was hooked and looking forward to the next installment. The Beekeeper’s Ball shattered all of my expectations.
The story is set in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. It reminds me of the book and movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, but it’s even more than that. Isabel has lived at Bella Vista all of her life. It’s a working orchard and after some good luck, it’s also now going to become a cooking school.
Isabel, tragically lost both of her parents, at her birth so she was raised by her grandfather, Magnus, and his beautiful wife, whom they’ve lost to cancer many years ago. Tess, her half-sister, whom she recently met, is now getting married. Isabel is planning the wedding, as the first of many wonderful events that will take place at the new Bella Vista. She’s also trying to get past some ghosts in her own past.
Cormac O’Neil, better known as Mac, is coming to write her grandfather, Magnus’, memoir.
Mac has spent his whole life telling others stories and has never stayed in one place for long. He’s come to tell Magnus’ story of surviving the Nazis during World War II in Demark. He may have found the sweetest place on earth, but would he be able to stay.
This book will be a keeper for years to come!
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