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The Apple Tree [Kindle Edition]

Lynette Sofras
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2011 Inspired Romance Novels' Writing Contest GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!

Escaping from your past is never easy, as young hospital doctor Juliet discovers when she tries to start afresh, leaving both her marriage and her career behind. Love blossoms rapidly when she meets the mysterious and forthright ‘gardener’, Nicholas, who seems to herald the new beginning she craves.

The past quickly dissolves into insignificance as their all-consuming romance propels them forward but Juliet has to learn the price of happiness in the cruelest way possible. Will she be able face the painful roots of her past in order for her future to grow strong and healthy?

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel

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About the Author

A former English teacher and head of department in a busy London school, Lynette gave up teaching two years ago to focus on her writing. Starting out as a freelance writer and editor to support her creative writing endeavors, she wrote her first contemporary romance ‘The Apple Tree’ which was awarded first prize in Inspired Romance’s romantic story writing competition in December 2011. Her second contemporary romance ‘Wishful Thinking’, released in April 2012 became a No. 1 seller in the UK Amazon's Kindle lists Romance category within its first week. Her romantic suspense, ‘In Loving Hate’, is due for publication in October 2012. You can find out more about Lynette on her blog: or through Facebook ( or Twitter (

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615639720
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inspired Romance Novels (December 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid December 29, 2011
By Tifferz
Format:Kindle Edition
I consumed The Apple Tree by Ms. Sofras in one evening. Once I started on this delicious story. I simply couldn't help myself I had to finish it. The flow of the story was fantastic and Jules character was well developed. I would have liked a little more information on Nicholas. This story felt as if it was real to me. Like Jules was my friend. I found the conflict impressive and the resolution splendid as people have to humble themselves and take some risks. I really did not want this story to end and would have liked more. This is a clean read no sex (just reference to) and no swearing! I will be on the lookout for more from Ms. Sofras.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance Not To Be Missed! February 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the first few pages, I was captivated with the romance between Nicholas and Julie. Nicholas was a wonderful leading man, a cross between Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. I could imagine their first meeting as if I were watching a movie, and could not stop reading until I reached the last page.

This is an exceedingly well-written romance. But the reason I give The Apple Tree such a high ranking was the humor which punctuated most pages, giving the action and dialogue a reality that made me not only enjoy reading about these characters, but really see them as people with thoughts and feelings of their own.
I could love this book just for this paragraph:

She sometimes felt as if she were trying to nurse back to life something half dead, something precious and almost forgotten. When she caught herself at it she laughed and shook her head at Sonya and her silly ideas. But when she looked in the mirror, she could see herself as if for the first time, and soon she began to appreciate what she saw.

I do admit I am a big fan of the consummation scene, and that I expect at least one in the romance books I read. For the Apple Tree I was happy to make an exception, as this book was so good, I didn't miss it. The only thing I didn't like was the chunk of the latter part of the book being devoted to a minor character, Giles, when I wanted to see more of Nicholas and Julie.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BEAUTIFUL STORY March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Divorced doctor Julie Somerville is one mixed up lady. Facing yet another huge exam, she is questioning her desire to be a doctor at all. Expectations from her now deceased father and workaholic sister (both dedicated doctors) forced her into a career she has little empathy for. What she is searching for, she has no real idea, but she knows it has to be more than she has right now. Meeting Nicholas, who she mistakes for a gardener, might be the answer. But Nicholas has very firm ideas about the sanctity of marriage and during a lively discussion between friends; Julie omits to mention her previous marriage. As the electricity between them sparks, Julie frets over the omission but doesn't find an opportune moment to confess. They spend idyllic time together over the next few weeks before Nicholas discovers she has a husband (not an ex-husband) from someone else. Infuriated, he refuses to listen to any explanation. Her previous angst is nothing to what she now suffers.
This is quite an intricate story of Julie's search for the happiness which has always evaded her. I would have liked some of the story to have come from Nicholas' POV so I could have got to know him better but that's just my personal taste.
Lynette Sofras showed how the written word should be used. Her ability to weave her story with such beautiful use of the English language is second to none. I was in awe of how the words leapt off the page in such splendour. What an amazing voice for a romance writer to have. I would recommend this story as a must read to everyone, not so much for the story itself but for the amazing use of language. We could all learn something from Lynette Sofras' writing skills.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When's the sequel out? June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The other reviews capture the essence of this book very well. I really enjoyed the storyline - it wasn't obvious what was going to happen by chapter two, as with some other novels. There wasn't endless repetition, to the extent I had forgotten that Julie has omitted to tell everyone she was married and so when it eventually came out, I was shocked by the hurt and anger it caused. I like it when books leave it to your imagination as to what goes on between the sheets or in the privacy of one's home - that's what relationships are - private - and should stay that way, so congratulations on keeping the book clean and sensitive. I would like to read a sequel to the novel - the marriage, honeymoon, subsequent children and to know whether it lasts. Does she really give up medicine? What becomes of Lizzie?
I think this is an inspired first novel and want to read more!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Sit Under the Apple Tree May 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A happy mingling of love discovered, love thwarted and love regained, The Apple Tree by Lynette Sofras also contains reflections about the nature of friendship, marriage, and self-discovery. Recently separated Juliet Somerville returns to England from Saudi Arabia, struggling not only with her romantic future but also the prospects for her career. Her previous existence has centered for years on the goal of becoming a doctor, and the path was smoothed by the very man she now has left, once her mentor, cheerleader and husband. Questions about the suitability of her chosen occupation exacerbate her readjustment into a relationship with her older sister, her sole relative and a renowned physician who dismisses any possible change in Juliet's professional aspirations. Then a chance meeting with an old friend introduces her to an attractive man she assumes is a gardener, Nicholas Masserman. Suddenly new possibilities appear, and Juliet begins to explore romance as she draws closer to a decision about her life. But when she fails to be up front about her status, when assumptions are made on both sides about the romance with Nicholas, when an unexpected tragedy strikes, and when misunderstandings cascade one over another, the resolution the reader is rooting for appears impossible. Life isn't simple, and Sofras has created a tale enhanced by complexities found in real situations as well as showing a woman's growth independent of her romantic relationship. Nicolas and Juliet deserve their happy ending; and like the best of partnerships, improve each other as their love affair grows. Sofras's debut romance is solid and smooth, and readers will look forward to more books from her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising romance...
What we think we want isn't always what we actually want. I've read mixed reviews for this story, and this is my own take on it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apple tree
I really enjoyed this book, I was very anxiously awaiting the ending. The book was well written and I was surprised in a couple of spots in this book.
Published 2 months ago by J. David
3.0 out of 5 stars The Apple Tree
The Apple Tree wasn't a bad or a great read but I was still able to relate to it in way from both perspectives that I've been in a relationship with someone that wanted to get away... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Krissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Searching
Juliet Somerville has returned home from a year in Saudi Arabia leaving her husband and her medical career behind. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Victoria Pitts Caine
4.0 out of 5 stars The Apple Tree
This was a different reading experience for me, but I became intrigued with the plot. Julie's a confused woman that has a lot on her plate. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
A nice read. I enjoyed this book and would read more books from this author. The story flowed very nicely.
Published 17 months ago by Peggy Sayre
5.0 out of 5 stars English novel
The Apple Tree
Lynette Sofras

I loved the characters in this book. I cheered for each of them. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself in the dream!
I bought this book by accident as I was actually looking for something else and didn't check it properly, but I am so pleased that I did get it. Serendipity, a happy accident. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eva87
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read!
Any time that an author can transport me, give me characters who are real and complex, and move me to laugh or cry aloud, I am struck once again with the utmost admiration and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tori L. Ridgewood
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Romance
This is a sweet romance that takes its time, winding through the English Countryside as the protagonist, Julie, tries to come with grips with her failed marriage and failed career. Read more
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