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The Orchard

The Orchard

A Novel

Jeffrey Stepakoff

Thomas Dunne Books


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.

The rain came down in steaming waves, pattering on the fat lush leaves like a tribal drumbeat, but by this point, the six trekkers and their guide were oblivious of it. Night would be here soon, and despite the exhaustion they all...

Praise for The Orchard

“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


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Jeffrey Stepakoff

JEFFREY STEPAKOFF has been writing professionally since receiving his MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon in 1988. His credits include the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters, Major Dad, Disney's Tarzan, and Dawson's Creek (as co-executive producer). The Orchard is his debut novel. He lives with his family north of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Deborah Singer Kolodkin

Thomas Dunne Books

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