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The Apple Tree Paperback – May 15, 2012

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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: http://manicscribbler.blogspot.com or through Facebook (Facebook.com/LynSofras) or Twitter (Twitter.com/ManicScribbler).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Inspired Romance Novels (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615639720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615639727
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,702,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A former teacher, Lynette gave up her career in education a few years ago in order to focus on her writing and thus fulfil her childhood dream. She writes contemporary women's fiction, often involving romance with suspense or a supernatural twist. She claims 'Killing Jenna Crane', a romantic thriller and 'Unworkers' a modern ghost story/women's fiction are her personal favourites to date. Her latest release 'The Nightclub' is a romance packed with suspense. You can find more details of her novels on her website: http://www.lynettesofras.com

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By Tifferz on December 29, 2011
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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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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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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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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