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The the Orchardby Jeffrey Stepakoff
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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 Dylans trees, it changes both their lives forever.
Determined to track down the apples 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 Stepakoffs 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.
"Stepakoff follows Fireworks over Toccoa with another warmhearted love story. Grace Lyndon overcame her humble rural Georgia roots to become a workaholic, globe-trotting success story, dealing in artificial flavors and scents and sparing no time for trivialities like dating. Meanwhile, on a farm in rural Georgia, Dylan Jackson grieves for his dead wife while raising his 10-year old daughter and running an organic apple orchard. When Grace stumbles upon the most delicious apple she's ever tasted, she tracks its source to Dylan's farm with a surefire business plan in mind. But the chemistry they discover doesn't have anything to do with cooking up fake flavors, and they soon come to a classic business-meets-pleasure crossroads. The heavy focus on the leads' competing drives and ambitions lifts this above your standard romance, though readers with an itch for a solid love story won't be disappointed. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
JEFFREY STEPAKOFF has been writing professionally since receiving his MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon in 1988. His credits include the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, Disney's Tarzan, and Dawson's Creek (as co-executive producer). He lives with his family north of Atlanta, Georgia.
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