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By Lisa Tuttle

The award-winning writer of The Mysteries returns with one other desirable 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 this is a fascinating story set in a land wealthy with folklore–and ripe for a rekindling of the outdated ways.

Nestled at the coast of Scotland, Appleton was recognized for its apples. Now, even though the orchards are long past, locals nonetheless dream of the town’s glory days, while an Apple Queen was once topped on the annual reasonable and strong success appeared a life-style. And outsiders are nonetheless attracted to the captivating village, together with 3 very assorted American women.

Enchanted by means of Appleton’s famously ornate, gold-domed library, divorcée Kathleen Mullaroy has left her cosmopolitan activity 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 while her grandmother was once topped Apple Queen–then mysteriously disappeared.

When a unexpected landslide cuts Appleton off from the broader world–and the standard constraints of reality–the village unearths itself to be a unprecedented position, inhabited by means of mythical beings, mystery rooms, and the blossoming of a unprecedented fruit now not obvious in a long time. so much 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 think.

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 chew of a unmarried apple can modify the total process reality.

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