New book, The Apple Orchard

Susan Wiggs upcoming book centers on a family farm and includes a fictionalized account of some true-life World War II heroism, a debate over a precious family necklace and a plot line involving a Faberge Egg.

   ImageAuthor Susan Wiggs will be “launching” this book on April 25th as the kickoff author aboard the Bainbridge/Seattle ferry as part of Kitsap Regional Library’s new“Books Afloat” program which will feature one author each month who will give a book talk.

Please let me know if you’d like to interview Susan, or if I can provide you with any additional information.


Diane Duthweiler


“Wiggs’ latest is a lovely, poignant story.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)



by Susan Wiggs

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author


   Riding high on her latest success, and anticipating a promotion at San Francisco’s Sheffield Auction House, Tess is sideswiped by a visit from a handsome banker, Dominic Rossi, who brings the startling news that a grandfather she never knew she had has gone into a coma. If he dies, Tess will inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in Sonoma County. The other half will go to Isabel Johansen, the half-sister who, until that moment, Tess did not know existed. Dominic convinces her that a few days off from work—and a visit to the orchard —are in order.


   What Tess discovers will forever change the trajectory of her life. As she meets her sister and the other denizens of this close-knit community, she comes to savor the seemingly simple pleasures this idyllic place can offer. But there is trouble in paradise, as Tess and Isabel learn the hard truth: Bella Vista is on the verge of foreclosure, and it seems it will take a miracle to save it.


As they sort through their grandfather’s papers, the two women begin to uncover many long-concealed facts about the family history—events stretching back to the German occupation of Denmark during World War II. But Tess proceeds with caution, knowing that sometimes when you dig into the past you discover things better left buried.


A masterful blend of history, romance and suspense, THE APPLE ORCHARD has earned a starred review from Kirkus and will be released April 30th. This richly-plotted, enchanting new novel from Bainbridge Island’s Susan Wiggs is the first in her new series and an emotionally honest narrative that explores the real meaning of family, friendship and belonging.




Susan Wiggs’ Lakeshore Chronicles series propelled her to #1 bestseller status for both Fireside and Marrying Daisy Bellamy. She is the author of over 40 contemporary and historical novels and the proud recipient of three prestigious RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress. Her novel The Charm Schoolwas honored with the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence and designated a Favorite Book of the Year by Romance Writers of America.

Susan begins a new series with THE APPLE ORCHARD, tapping the remarkable storytelling gifts that are the mark of her fiction—relatable characters, superb dialogue and irresistible relationships.

She holds a graduate degree from Harvard and is a former math teacher. Visit Susan at her blog, The View from Here, (




For more information about The Apple Orchard or to set up an interview with the author, please contact:

Book It Northwest

Diane Duthweiler                     or        Gail DiRe         

(206) 375-0012                                    (206) 227-1866