The Silver Bough
The Silver Bough
By Lisa Tuttle
Bantam Books, Paperback, 9780553587357, 335pp.
Publication Date: December 26, 2006
Nestled on the coast of Scotland, Appleton was once famous for its apples. Now, though the orchards are long gone, locals still dream of the town's glory days, when an Apple Queen was crowned at the annual fair and good luck seemed a way of life. And outsiders are still drawn to the charming village, including three very different American women.
Enchanted by Appleton's famously ornate, gold-domed library, divorcee Kathleen Mullaroy has left her cosmopolitan job to start anew as the town's head librarian. Widowed Nell Westray hopes for a quiet life of gardening in the place where she and her husband spent their happiest moments. And young Ashley Kaldis has come to find her roots, and learns that the town's fortunes turned when her grandmother was crowned Apple Queen-then mysteriously disappeared.
When a sudden landslide cuts Appleton off from the wider world-and the usual constraints of reality-the village reveals itself to be an extraordinary place, inhabited by legendary beings, secret rooms, and the blossoming of a rare fruit not seen in decades. Most unexpected is a handsome stranger who will draw all three women into an Otherworld in which luck and love will return to Appleton-if only one of them will believe.
Lush with the romance and allure of ancient traditions, The Silver Bough will propel you into a land where, as in Eden, the bite of a single apple can alter the whole course of reality.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Tuttle seamlessly blends times past and present and adds Celtic magic to the mix in an utterly believable way. Beautifully done!"—Booklist, starred review
"Superior fantasy.... Full of delightful characters, engagingly fey imagery and well-researched Celtic lore.... [with] a juicy denouement fit for a queen."—Publishers Weekly, starred review