Autumn’s Orchard of Imagination: Books to Read During Fall Featuring Apples
As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold, and the crisp scent of autumn fills the air, there’s no better time to cozy up with a good book than during the fall season. Fall is a season of change and reflection, and what better way to embrace it than by indulging in stories that evoke the essence of autumn, featuring the beloved fruit of the season—apples. Whether you’re nestled in a comfy chair by the fireplace or sitting under a tree in your favorite orchard, here are some delightful books to add to your fall reading list that will transport you to an orchard of imagination.
This autumn, as you sip on warm apple cider and savor the aroma of freshly baked apple pies, don’t forget to explore these apple-themed books that capture the magic of the season. Whether you’re in the mood for a touching tale of love and sacrifice or a suspenseful mystery under the apple tree’s shade, there’s a book for everyone in this bountiful orchard of imagination. So, pick up a book, curl up by the fireplace, and let the pages transport you to an enchanting world where apples are more than just fruit—they’re symbols of stories waiting to be discovered. Happy reading! 🍎📚🍂
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Tess Delaney makes a living returning stolen treasures to their rightful owners. She loves illuminating history, filling the spaces in people’s hearts with stories of their family legacies.
But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, and a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter.
Then Dominic Rossi arrives on the doorstep of the San Francisco shop Tess hopes to buy, and he tells her that the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. Tess has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.
The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she hadn’t heard of.
Isabel is everything Tess isn’t: all softness to Tess’s hard angles, warm and nurturing where Tess is tightly wound. But against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, with Isabel and Dominic by her side, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.
Raised in a children’s home run by religious zealots, Rachel never forgot the wildwood orchard she turned to for refuge as a young girl. When she discovers her reverend husband is more violent than she ever imagined, she flees to protect her unborn child. In a society aiming for the moon, yet still held back by men and women constrained by their fear of change, she discovers a forward-thinking community of wise folk with ancient roots hidden within the greater community of Morgan’s Gap.
But when Rachel’s husband appears as a self-proclaimed prophet with a repurposed circus tent and a fanatical coterie to wage war against the secluded town that’s sheltered her, she will have to tap into her true power to protect everyone.
Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.
Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.
Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.
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 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 library, divorcée Kathleen Mullaroy has left her cosmopolitan job to start anew as the town’s head librarian. . . .
Widowed Nell Westray hopes for a quiet life in the place she and her husband spent their happiest moments. . . .
And young Ashley Kaldis has come to find her roots.
But 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 and secret rooms. Most unexpected is a handsome stranger who will draw all three women into an Otherworld where, as in Eden, the bite of a single apple can alter the course of reality . . . if only one of them will believe.
It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.
Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections — rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds — are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts.
Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby — a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.
Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to.. if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke?
When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost.
There’s a killer in the orchard, and he’s rotten to the core.
Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother’s old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land, and her former flame from Boston. When he’s found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they’ll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer, and save the orchard.
During a visit to Apple Harvest Orchard, sexagenarian Georgie Kaye and her twin sister Aleta have more on their hands than bushels of apples.
A body has turned up hidden in plain sight as part of the Halloween decorations scattered around the orchard.
Georgie is eager to find out what happened, but things quickly turn sour when her ex-husband Stan shows up, accompanied by a crime scene photographer who is determined to move Georgie out of the picture.
Georgie and Aleta search for answers, trying to puzzle out who would commit a murder in such a bizarre fashion, while Georgie struggles to control not only her fear of spiders but her anger with Stan and his new love interest.
If you love a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing at whodunit, this is the character-driven read for you. You’ll laugh out loud over their antics as they enjoy their stay at a medieval bed and breakfast and discover the secret behind why there was a Murder in the Apple Orchard.
Drew Caldwell’s life plan begins to spiral when her best friend, River Mahlon, tells her he won’t be attending college in the fall. The last time her world was shaken up like this was back in fourth grade, when River moved from Hawaii to her sleepy town of Rockwood, Washington.
On the evening of Drew’s eighteenth birthday, River reveals that his spontaneous plan will take him away from her, and for the first time in nearly a decade, she will be left on her own. Before they part, they devise a plan: No matter what, they will meet again in twelve years in the meadow they discovered together, where they will reclaim special objects they have hidden in a rustic barn and wild apple tree.
In college, Drew learns that her dreams about adulthood were not exactly prophetic—boys, school, and friends are nothing like she had imagined. As the years go by, River becomes more and more of a distant, mysterious phantom—until the unexpected happens.
Drew Caldwell thought she knew exactly how her life would play out, but the more that time went on, the more she found that life had a way of taking her by surprise. A story revolving around growth and meaning, The Apple Tree is an emotional, fulfilling journey with the uplifting message to keep moving forward and upward, no matter what unexpected twists and turns alter your course.
Brimming with New England magic, charming mystery and adventure infused with ‘90s nostalgia.
When three young cousins experience an explosion of nature-infused magic at their Grandma Lydia’s orchard, their parents whisk them off to opposite corners of New England. But distance cannot contain their witchy destiny forever and in 1995 – one fateful October night – tenacious dreamer, Raven, now 18 years old, has a near death experience that ignites mystical forces from within.
Soon after, her hilarious bestie of a cousin, the vivacious and ever-so snappy Killian, has his own shocking encounter. But will the third and final member of their cousinly trifecta, the bubbly, bi-racial Adelaide be down to ride this supernatural rollercoaster? Sweet, eccentric Grandma Lydia is waiting at Cider Mill with bated breath and a mountain-high pile of fresh-baked confections.
She’s been a coven of one for far too long and is eager to immerse the teenage trio in the “Green Witch Way.” But her unconventional methods aren’t always as sweet as cider. Magic and mischief collide as the cousins soon begin to unspool a thread of family secrets so disenchanting it might send ’em running (or flying) for the hills.
Cider Mill Coven is full of twists at every turn. It’s a story of family and forgiveness, friendship… and forbidden love. From a magical treetop retreat to a spellbinding elixir that serves to protect a secret society of nature-loving covens from discovery, this ’90s coven tale is sure to conjure up a hypnotizing blend of spookiness and delight.
Her Harvard-student son just eloped with the First Daughter. CNN is parked on the road to her apple orchards. Secret Service agents have commandeered her country kitchen. The irate First Parents are threatening to have her taxes audited.
The President’s handsome, tough, ex-military nephew is setting up camp in her guest room. Hush McGillan’s quiet Appalachian world of heirloom apples, country festivals, and carefully guarded family secrets has just been flipped like one of her famous Sweet Hush Apple Turnovers.
What do you do when your brand-new-in-laws are the First Family, and they don’t like you any more than you like them? And what happens next when you find yourself falling in love with the man they sent to unearth all your secrets? From the White House to the apple house, from humor to tears and sorrow to laughter, get ready to fall in love with Sweet Hush.