Tell Me About Orchard Hollow is the second in the Smoky Mountain Novel series. In this book, marital betrayal sends New Yorker, Jenna Howell, retreating to her friend's Tennessee mountain cabin in Townsend, TN. She hopes for peace and quiet, and time to think about the course her future should take, but soon finds herself challenged with unexpected events and new friends.Tell Me About Orchard Hollow is the second in the Smoky Mountain Novel series. In this book, marital betrayal sends New Yorker, Jenna Howell, retreating to her friend's Tennessee mountain cabin in Townsend, TN. She hopes for peace and quiet, and time to think about the course her future should take, but soon finds herself challenged with unexpected events and new friends. One of those is neighbor, Boyce Hart, who Jenna knows she has no right to be attracted to....
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Tell Me about Orchard Hollow Reviews
I'm enjoying this series. They make one want to visit the Smoky Mountains. Love the characters and wholesomeness of her novels.
Lin Steep is a local author I met at the Foothills Craft Guild show in November. I wanted to support her and chose this book because it is set in Townsend, Tennessee. Generally, not my sort of novel; however, I enjoyed it. Also, it was a fast read.
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/24/11: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2011/...Tell Me About Orchard Hollow is the second installment in Lin Stepp's Smoky Mountain series set in eastern Tennessee. Stepp, a native of Tennessee, seeks to transport readers to the Great Smokies in this series. As someone who spent most of their childhood and their college years nestled among the Blue Ridge in western North Carolina, I can say with authority that she does a beautiful job of describing the region in an authentic manner. I love the strong sense of place that comes with a Lin Stepp novel. Setting is one of those things that can make or break a book for me. Reading the Smoky Mountain series makes me long for my grandmother and chicken and dumplings. I miss those comforts as I am so far from home at the moment, but these books have a way of transporting me to my family and the place I love - even if its only in my mind.This book follows Jenna Howell, a young artist, who flees New York City in the wake of adultery. She finds solace in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains while staying at a friend's cabin on Orchard Hollow Road. While there she learns about having a true support system in her community and as a result she can finally decide what's best for her life. During her time in Tennessee, Jenna meets the handsome Boyce Hart, a local artist and gallery owner. Boyce teachers Jenna that she has many gifts and she truly can stand on her own two feet. When a turn of events forces Jenna to return to New York City she will learn valuable life lessons and find who truly cares for her.The first book in the Smoky Mountain series lured me in not only with the setting, but also with the plot and characters. However, this one took me a little longer to get into. It felt very similar to the first book in plot - a young attractive woman with a hidden past comes to Tennessee to sort through her problems and finds a handsome man whose only too willing to help her find solutions. Also, I didn't like the two main characters, Jenna and Boyce, as much as I liked Vivian and Scott in the first book. I understood why Jenna was so timid and unsure of herself, but I still found it somewhat annoying. I wasn't able to relate to her so that made it harder to truly like her. Boyce was a strong leading male, but its really hard to follow Scott.Stepp is a strong writer and she brings a lot to the Appalachian writing community. I would love to teach a Southern Lit or Appalachian Lit someday and use her work. She does a nice job of showcasing the eastern Tennessee culture and geography. Each of her books introduces readers to a new little mountain community. This book was a lot of fun for me since it mentioned various locales such as Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. These two towns played prominent roles in vacations during my youth and I enjoyed flashing on images from my past as Boyce and Jenna experienced them in the story. Furthermore, I was so excited to see Cades Cove mentioned in this one. I have been fascinated with the history behind Cades Cove since I was young. However, I do remember lots of long, boring car rides through the area when my Dad insisted we go to see if we could spot wildlife. I was rewarded with some deer and black bear sightings from time to time, but I really loved seeing the old homesteads.I have one more book in the Smoky Mountain series to review for the time being - so y'all come back now, ya hear?One Last Gripe: Some of the dialogue didn't feel realistic to me. In particular, Boyce's speaking moments didn't always sound like the way people actually talk.My Favorite Thing About This Book: The regional aspectsFirst Sentence: Out of the corner of her eye, Jenna saw daffodils in a shop window.Favorite Character: SamLeast Favorite Character: Elliott
This is my second book in the Smoky Mountain series - set in Townsend, Tennessee, on the quiet side of the mountains. If you haven't discovered my contemporay Smokies-set books ... perhaps you'd like to check them out or read more about them at my author's website at: www.linstepp.comBest-selling author Joan Medlicott, of the Ladies of Covington series, wrote of this book: "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."And from the publisher:Each novel in this linked series of upbeat, sentimental contemporary romance novels is set in a different area of the Smoky Mountains so that the reader gets to experience a visit to a new area of the Smokies along with the rich pleasure of a good Southern story about memorable characters. Familiar characters and places tie the stories together in an enjoyable way for readers who like a series they can settle into.The cover features the painting, Mountain Memories by nationally known artist Jim Gray.
Jenna Howell grew up under the dominion of a controlling mother only to marry a man of the same mindset. Both her mother and husband are verbally abusive and make light of Jenna’s artistic talent, whittling away at Jenna’s self-confidence and enjoyment of life. Reality hits hard when Jenna catches her husband in the arms of another woman. Jenna decides to take a break from her marriage at the mountain cabin of a friend in the picturesque town of Townsend, TN. There, Jenna meets local artist Boyce Hart. Although the two are attracted to one another, Jenna is still married and feels she is too vulnerable to begin a relationship. Boyce becomes a good friend to Jenna and through his kindness, respect and deep faith shows her there can be a better life for her, if she is strong enough to leave her past behind.Book two in Lin Stepp’s Smoky Mountain series is a sweet love story filled with engaging characters set against the beautiful background of the Smoky Mountains. Although the plot is not a new one, this inspiring story focuses on family values, deep faith and a woman’s journey of self-discovery as she begins to believe in her own worth while seeking to become a stronger person.
This is the second book in the Smoky Mountain series written by Lin Stepp. These are wonderful books and I highly recommend them.In this book, Jenna Howell has left New York and traveled to a cabin close to the Smoky Mountains to think about the mess her life is in and decide what to do about it. While young, Jenna married a controlling man who ridicules her artistic work and is constantly telling her how to act and what to think. When she finds him in a compromising position with his secretary, her mother tells her to put up with her husband’s infidelities as that is part of the social scene. Her neighbor Sam Oliver has a cabin in Orchard Hollow and tells Jenna to go there and decide how to resolve her problmes. The nearest neighbor in Orchard Hollow is Boyce Hart, a well-known artist who has a small gallery. He befriends Jenna and their friendship blossoms into love but she is still married and he recognizes this. She returns to New York to start divorce proceedings and start her new life. Boyce wonders if he will ever see her again.
In Lin Stepp's second novel, she brings us back to the Smoky Mountains, this time to the Townsend area. New Yorker, Jenna Howell escapes a traumatic experience which leads her to her friend, Sam Oliver's beloved home-place on Orchard Hollow Road. Here she finds friends, a confusing romance, and a new appreciation for unselfish love and simple pleasures. She is tested to find the strength to resolve the problems in her life that forced her to run away to the mountains.Lin's novels make me want to snuggle under a blanket with a nice cup of chocolate, and her book in hand, reading until the satisfying end comes, leaving a smile on my face, and a song in my heart.
A wonderful and inspiring story if a woman who finds herself after finally getting out of her controlling and depressing marriage. A great story about love and showing what true friends and love (and self confidance) means