The Silver Bough Paperback
by Lisa Tuttle
Appleton is a small town nestled on the coast of Scotland.
Though it was once famous for the apples it produced, these days it's a shadow of its former self.
But in a hidden orchard a golden apple dangles from a silver bough, an apple believed lost forever.
The apple is part of a legend, promising either eternal happiness to the young couple who eat from it secure in their love - or a curse, for those who take its gift for granted.
Now, as the town teeters on the edge of decline, the old rituals have been forgotten and the mists are rolling in. And in the mist, something is stirring...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 31/01/2013
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781780874418
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Review by boppisces
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.