Treasure Hunt: Home on Apple Blossom Road by Sheila Roberts
Move on. Don’t look to the past; look to the future. Good advice, common advice. But I’d like to argue that there’s something to be said for homecomings, reunions and looking back. In looking back we learn from our mistakes. In looking back we remember who helped us get where we are. Maybe that was part of what appealed to me about writing my March 22 Icicle Falls novel, HOME ON APPLE BLOSSOM ROAD. Well, that and the treasure hunt I wrote into the story. I love treasure hunts!
That’s why I decided to plan one just for you readers to promote HOME ON APPLE BLOSSOM ROAD. There are six pink envelope clues to be found, which all lead to the ultimate treasure. Everyone who finds and clicks on one pink envelope clue has a chance to a $100, $50 or $25 VISA gift card—and the grand mystery prize. You may enter to win through April 11, and there will be a random drawing for the winners on April 12. (Hint: I’ve told where all the clues are hidden on my Facebook page. Another hint: read the excerpt of HOME ON APPLE BLOSSOM ROAD on my website!)
Night Owl Reviews graciously agreed to “host” Treasure Hunt Pink Envelope Clue #4, which makes me very happy, because this is one of my favorite romance gathering places, as I know it is one of yours! Join me for the fun by clicking on the pink envelope here, which will take you to a secret page on my website. There you may enter to win—all you have to do is sign up, no purchase, review, like or other task necessary.
I also love get togethers with old friends and reminiscing about the good times we had together. A few years back I drove down my old street on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. There was the house where I grew up and made so many wonderful memories. Our family entertained like crazy in that house, and friends of all ages came and went through a practically revolving front door. Countless songs were sung around the old player piano, and countless family holidays were celebrated at the dining room table.
Looking at that old brick Tudor brought back so many memories: pillow fights with my crazy father, birthday and Halloween costume parties, my mom in the kitchen baking chocolate chip cookies, after church youth gatherings in the living room, late night horror movie binges, slumber parties, sitting at the kitchen table talking with my mother and grandmother.
The people who bought that house when we finally moved my mom out remodeled and fixed it up, and now it’s quite spectacular. But the remodel isn’t what makes the place special. It’s the memories living there. Those walls are saturated with love and laughter. Surely the new owners must have felt it the moment they walked inside and thought, here is a happy place, a place filled with memories.
The city of Seattle has changed greatly since I lived there. But in my mind I still see it as it was, still see myself at Queen Anne High (now condominiums), horsing around with my friends; performing in the school talent show while my singing buddy, Donna, overcome by stage fright, hid behind the curtain. I can still see the donut shop where we bought maple bars on the way home from school and my father’s real estate office there on Boston Street. I can remember neighborhood baseball games and playing basketball in the back street (or trying—I was such a klutz). And I can certainly remember the boys I crushed on and dreamed about. Alas, these were usually one-sided romances, but in my dreams we sure had it going on.
Sometimes going back is more about healing than happiness. Forgiving others, forgiving ourselves, looking at the hard things we’ve survived. Learning from the mistakes we’ve made. And that’s probably the theme of Home on Apple Blossom Road.
Whether for good or bad, I think it’s important to go home once in a while, see what you’ve come from and how far you’ve come, take a lesson from the past and vow to do better in the future.
Or, in my case, relive the good times and count your blessings. Yes, you can go home.
Colin Wright and Mia Blair go home to Icicle Falls in HOME ON APPLE BLOSSOM ROAD to pay their respects to a very special woman who was loved by both in the days of their young love. They don’t count on the trip down memory lane their passing loved one sends them on in her will. In order to claim a mysterious joint inheritance, they must follow the clues she has left for them, which take them to all the places in Icicle Falls where they lived and loved and, yes, made love, in their youth. They’re not even friends now, much less lovers, but has the love they once shared ever died?
I hope you enjoy their story of coming home—and the fun HOME ON APPLE BLOSSOM ROAD treasure hunt I’ve designed for your pleasure. Ready, set, click on that pink envelope!
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Home is where the love is…
Colin Wright and Mia Blair grew up in Icicle Falls, but they left years ago—and not on good terms. Now Colin's grandmother, Justine, has died, and they've come home to honor this woman they both loved. That's when they get some unexpected news. They're about to inherit something. Jointly. They just have no idea what. It turns out that Justine's designed a treasure hunt for them, like the ones they enjoyed when they were kids and best friends.
But they're not kids anymore, and they sure aren't best friends. As for that young love they once shared? Well…it's complicated.
On the trail of Justine's treasure, they follow a series of clues that take them down memory lane—ending up at the orchard on Apple Blossom Road. What will they find there? And what did Justine know that they didn't?
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Sheila Roberts is married and has three children. She lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed books and have been published in several languages. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. When she’s not writing songs, hanging out with her girlfriends or trying to beat her husband at tennis, she can be found writing about those things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.