Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312581596, 336pp.
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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 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.
"This is a truly heartwarming and emotional story, with characters so interesting and unusual the reader can’t help but keep reading until the final page has been turned."--RT Book Reviews "...above your standard romance, though readers with an itch for a solid love story won't be disappointed."--Publishers Weekly "if you love a sweet romance ... you will delight in this read."--Lit & Leisure “A luminous love story that readers won’t soon forget. It is at once heartbreaking and triumphant—an affirmation of love in all its forms.” —Emily Giffin “...literally explodes with life. I absolutely loved every character and hated for their story to end. Kaboom!” —Dorothea Benton Frank