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The Silver Bough [Hardcover]

Lisa Tuttle
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25 April 2006
The award-winning author of The Mysteries returns with another captivating novel in which modern-day enigmas and age-old myths come together with spellbinding results. Here is an enchanting tale set in a land rich with folklore–and ripe for a rekindling of the old ways.

Nestled on the coast of Scotland, Appleton was once famous for its apples. Now, though the orchards are long gone, locals still dream of the town’s glory days, when an Apple Queen was crowned at the annual fair and good luck seemed a way of life. And outsiders are still drawn to the charming village, including three very different American women.

Enchanted by Appleton’s famously ornate, gold-domed library, divorcée Kathleen Mullaroy has left her cosmopolitan job to start anew as the town’s head librarian. Widowed Nell Westray hopes for a quiet life of gardening in the place where she and her husband spent their happiest moments. And young Ashley Kaldis has come to find her roots, and learns that the town’s fortunes turned when her grandmother was crowned Apple Queen–then mysteriously disappeared.

When a sudden landslide cuts Appleton off from the wider world–and the usual constraints of reality–the village reveals itself to be an extraordinary place, inhabited by legendary beings, secret rooms, and the blossoming of a rare fruit not seen in decades. Most unexpected is a handsome stranger who will draw all three women into an Otherworld in which luck and love will return to Appleton–if only one of them will believe.

Lush with the romance and allure of ancient traditions, The Silver Bough will propel you into a land where, as in Eden, the bite of a single apple can alter the whole course of reality.

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  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books; 1st Edition edition (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553382977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553382976
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,805,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Bough 10 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Difficult to get into as it follows several differnt women and their lives and until you get to know each one you find yourself looking back to see who this chapter is about, However once you get in you can not put it down it has the most amazing magical ending and well worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good fantasy read... 17 April 2006
By Samatha Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been getting into more fantasy like Gaimen's Neverwhere and thought I should try this book. I got it ahead of time in a reviewer copy format from my work. I thought the setting was great - a lonely peninsula in Scotland where time has nearly stopped. Tuttle writes pretty well and keeps you guessing so you want to know what is going to happen next.

I only have one criticism and that is Tuttle wrote about fantasy creatures and places but you never really visit it them in the novel. She touches around the edges of the fantasy realm and leaves you hanging a little bit.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling fantasy 10 Aug 2006
By N. Bonner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lisa Tuttle is a great storyteller. I almost missed my train stop, I was so involved in this book. The book centers on three women, all American, Ashley, Kathleen and Nell. They happen to be in the Scottish village of Appleton just in time for an earthquake to cause a landslide that cuts the peninsula off from the mainland. The earthquake turns things around in Appleton, once famous for its orchards and cider. But in 1950, Ashely's grandmother did not fullfil her role as the Apple Queen, and by the time Ashley arrives, there are no more apple trees at all.

Tuttle brings the magic in gradually through a stranger called Ronan, who turns out to be her grandmother's former fiance--presumed jilted when granny disappeared from the village. Ronan touches the lives of Ashley and Nell as magical creatures descend on the village that becomes totally cut off from the rest of the world. In the end, he ends what seems like a curse on Appleton and restores Nell's life.

The story itself was fresh and original. But I only gave it four stars because Tuttle's language was often crude and flat, which tended to bring me out of the story and make me realize I was just reading a book. It also bothered me that she neatly wrapped up the lives of Kathleen and Nell, but left Ashley, the first character we meet and the catalyst for much of what happens, in limbo. She never really describes Nell, and I envisioned her as an elderly widow until the very end of the book, when it becomes clear she is young and beautiful. A physical description somewhere along the line would have helped.

Still, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 17 Jun 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book starts off definetly with two feet firmly planted in the real world. Ashley is finding her roots and going back to Appleton, Scotland where her granny came from. However, a landslide isolates the dying town. Soon, people are seeing mermaids, kelpies, and ghosts. It might put the town back on the map again, but first someone must eat the golden apple...

A mixture of modern and myth, superbly blended together into a gripping plot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spell binding Scottish Brigadoon like fantasy 25 April 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
On the coast of Scotland in the Highlands is the town of Appleton, a place that is connected to the mainland by one small road. When an earthquake hits, the townsfolk are cut off from the rest of civilization. Supplies will be brought in by a ferry and mail and medical supplies will be flown in.

Three American women are in Appleton. The town librarian Kathleen, the widow Nell who has bought Orchid House and one of her trees is a special golden apple that has not been seen for over fifty years. Visiting the town is Ashley whose grandmother was born there and left without telling anyone she was going. She refused to tell her family about that part of her life which makes Ashley all the more eager to get in touch with her roots. Another stranger in the town is Rhoan, a man in his twenties who looks exactly like the person in a photo that is over half century old. Much of the magic that lay hidden comes out in the cut off Appleton. It seems as if the place is moving into the Otherworld where the Apple Fairest that appeared in one of Nell's trees changes the reality of our world and gives those deserving them their heart's desire.

SILVER BOUGH is all about subtle magic that is part of Appleton, a place that many believe originated in another dimension. Readers gradually became aware of the power that is in the very land itself and that of Rhoan, who is part of that magic and wants to return to his father's home. The characters are three dimensional and have a role in the upcoming events as Lisa Tuttle has written a spell binding Scottish Brigadoon like fantasy.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and charming 8 July 2006
By Dianne Kraft - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Silver Bough is a lovely contemporary fantasy, with compelling characters and an interesting use of celtic mythology. It starts out a bit slowly, as we are introduced to our cast of characters, but builds into a compelling read as we are pulled into the mystery of what is going on, and what the relationship of that is to the past. Tuttle is always worth reading, and this book is no exception. If you haven't checked out her other books, I highly recommend them all, especially her recent book "The Mysteries," now out in paperback. If you like Jonathan Carroll, Sean Stewart, and Gwnnyth Jones, give Tuttle a try.
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