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The Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle
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The Silver Bough (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Lisa Tuttle

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Title:The Silver Bough
Authors:Lisa Tuttle
Info:Spectra (2006), Paperback, 368 pages
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A marvellous blend of myth, folklore and the modern world. Enchanting. ( )
  tracymjoyce | Nov 16, 2017 |
A testament that sometimes judging a book by its cover works just fine. Loved the mixing of myths and legends with life in an isolated community. Well written, great characters and an ending that left a smile on my face. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
A testament that sometimes judging a book by its cover works just fine. Loved the mixing of myths and legends with life in an isolated community. Well written, great characters and an ending that left a smile on my face. ( )
  boobellina | Jul 12, 2017 |
Genuinely masterful and romantic modern fantasy, as creepy strange things happen on the odd little Scottish outcrop that is Appleton, where everything is in decline and all the apple trees are gone. But a golden apple has appeared out of season in a walled off orchard and a new chance has come around to make everything right or to lose everything for good. But who will eat the golden apple, and will it be in time? Appleton is cut off from the outside world and the mists are rolling in. Ghosts are stirring and old things are coming back to prey on the living. Well, that might make it sound like more of a horror than it really is. The book is a slow burn, until two thirds of the way through when the weirdness really takes off. It's more creepy and strange and atmospheric as three women search for love or lust and trace the story of the island the people who lived on it, all leading to the peculiar situation our heroines find themselves in. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Appleton, a small seaside village on a peninsula in the west of Scotland, is said to have been an island until the mid-1600s. It boasts King Arthur's footprints and a cave said to be his last resting place. The town's famous apple orchards are long gone, and no more does an Apple Queen share a magical golden apple with her sweetheart to gain their heart’s desire. The luck and prosperity the village used to enjoy is gone.

Three very different American women are drawn to the village. Divorcée Kathleen Mullaroy is the town's new librarian. Widowed Nell Westray retreats into her new garden. Teenager Ashley Kaldis is visiting newly discovered relatives and trying to find out more about her grandmother who was supposed to be Apple Queen in 1950, but instead disappeared.

After a compelling stranger appears, a landslide cuts off the only road out of Appleton and the village slides into the folklore of its past. Tuttle weaves ancient mythology and the modern day into an intriguing and enjoyable storyline. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | May 10, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553587358, Paperback)

The award-winning author of The Mysteries returns with another captivating novel in which modern-day enigmas and age-old myths come together with spellbinding results. Here is an enchanting tale set in a land rich with folklore–and ripe for a rekindling of the old ways.

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, 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 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.


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"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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