It is difficult to recover when hurt by those we love and trust — but in this second novel in the beloved Smoky Mountain Series, a young woman finds healing and new confidence while staying in a mountain cabin on the quiet side of the mountains.
New Yorker Jenna Howell has spent many pleasant hours listening to her older neighbor, Sam Oliver, spin stories about his beloved home place on Orchard Hollow Road in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Townsend is far removed from Jenna's life in downtown Manhattan, but when several shocking events and marital betrayal come her way, Jenna decides to take Sam up on his offer to visit his cabin in the mountains.
At Sam's place, Jenna meets many new friends, including her good-looking neighbor, artist Boyce Hart. A quick attraction sparks between Jenna and Boyce, proving to be both exciting and confusing. It's not the right time for a new relationship for either Jenna or Boyce. However, as spring blooms in the Smokies, Jenna blooms. She gains a new appreciation for unselfish love and simple pleasures, develops confidence in herself and her talents, and gains new understandings about faith. An unexpected tragedy forces her to return to New York City. Here she must test her new found strengths, resolve the problems in her life, and decide on the direction for her future. Choosing the right course proves to be more difficult than expected-as two very different lives vie with opposite allures for Jenna's heart.
PRAISE FOR LIN STEPP AND HER SMOKY MOUNTAIN NOVELS
“Lin Stepp creates a heart-warming tale of love and redemption, family and faith… Readers will fall in love with not only her charming characters but the picturesque setting…The Smoky Mountain series is sure to garner fans across genre offering a plot filled with romance and suspense, set amidst the backdrop of the breathtaking Smoky Mountains.”
-Christy Tillery French, MIDWEST REVIEW
“Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, Lin Stepp's newest book in the Smoky Mountain Series, is a sweet, heartwarming story that is difficult to put down once you start it. Even the secondary characters will steal your heart as you follow the heroine's touching journey from heartbreak to healing. A wonderful, new Southern voice.”
-JOAN MEDLICOTT, best-selling author of The Ladies of Covington series
“Stepp's story packs intriguing surprises … with lovingly crafted descriptions, strongly lined characters, and well-paced action.”
-Schuyler Kaufman, CAROLINA MOUNTAIN LIFE magazine