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Sweet hush : a novel
Smith, Deborah, 1955-
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Boston : Little, Brown, [2003]

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324 pages ; 25 cm
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The sorrows and secrets of Hush McGillen's life are as deeply rooted as the famed Sweet Hush apple orchards her family has tended for more than a century. Delivering the warmth, humor, and unforgettable characters that her readers have come to expect, Smith cooks up a passionate, page-turning story about a surprising, unexpected love.

Author Notes

Contemporary romance novelist Deborah Smith is a former newspaper editor. She writes under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Jackie Leigh and Jacqueline Lennox. She has written around forty novels indcluding A Place to Call Home and When Venus Fell, which both received awards from Romantic Times magazine. She also won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine.

She is a founding partner of BelleBooks, which is a small southern press known for feel good southern fiction including the Mossy Creek Hometown series and the Sweet Tea story collections.

(Bowker Author Biography) She is a sixth-generation Georgia native, is a former newspaper reporter & editor. She is married & lives in the mountains of North Georgia.

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Booklist Review

Hush McGillen Thackery is named after her family's resilient and captivating Sweet Hush apples and in many ways takes after them. Driven since the day she was born, Hush overcomes one obstacle after another to make the family orchards prosper. Through lean times and back-breaking seasons, she marries young, gives birth to her son, and becomes a widow, and Sweet Hush Farms, Georgia, flourishes, but Hush has her regrets and painful secrets. When her son appears with his surprising new wife--Eddie Jacobs, the daughter of the president of the U.S.--so does the media, and Hush is forced to face her past and protect her own. Then Nick, Eddie's mysterious and handsome uncle, arrives. Nick is immediately attracted to Hush's boldness and beauty, while Hush is drawn to his commanding presence and underlying sweetness, but they tread carefully before edging into romance. Will their love be enough to overcome the secrets that threaten to destroy them? Full of enchanting folklore and southern charm, Smith's latest is a beautifully written and touching tale. Megan Kalan

Publisher's Weekly Review

An apple orchard provides the atmospheric background for Smith's (A Place to Call Home) ninth novel, but a farfetched romance reduces it to hijinks. Hush McGillen introduces her family's apple farming history in the mountains of Georgia, where they raise a renowned hybrid apple, the Sweet Hush. Hush has been involved with the orchard since her father died when she was 12. She assumed responsibilities for the business as well as for her little brother, Logan, after her mother died when Hush was 16, the same year she fell pregnant and married race car driver and womanizer Davy Thackery. Davy isn't responsible, but he is a loving father to his son Davis, and proud of Hush as she builds her orchard into a multimillion dollar industry. After Davy's death in a car accident, the story jumps 23 years forward to when Davis brings home Edwina "Eddie" Jacobs, a fellow Harvard student and the daughter of the president of the United States. History has repeated itself; Eddie is pregnant, and the couple has fled to the orchard to elude Eddie's surveillance team of Secret Service agents. Hush battles with the irate First Lady over how to handle the situation. She also meets the president's nephew, Nick Jabokek, a weapons specialist, who alternates narration with Hush and falls for the apple magnate. In contrast to Hush's salty, humorous language ("I would rather eat dirt and shit roots first"), Nick's voice is that of a clichd tough guy: "I slept with the kind of women who moved fast and left damage behind." Together, they try to prevent the unwelcome barrage of negative publicity from revealing buried family secrets. Although the plot is implausible, Hush McGillen's voice is rich enough to keep the reader hooked. (Feb. 18) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

"Sweet Hush" is an heirloom apple variety grown in the Georgia mountains for five generations. Hush McGillen Thackery, named for the ancestor who also gave her name to the fruit, got pregnant and married at 16. Widowed when her womanizing husband died in a race car wreck, she has overseen the development of the McGillen Orchards from a family farm into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Now 41, Hush has high hopes for her son, Davis, who is a junior at Harvard, but she's shocked and disappointed when he comes home midterm with his pregnant girlfriend, Edwina "Eddie" Jacobs. Because Eddie's father happens to be the President of the United States, she brings with her the Secret Service, a great deal of media attention, and a protector-her cousin Nick, a former Army special op. Romance between Hush and Nick is inevitable, though the telling of it is (thankfully) less steamy than it might be. The dual, gender-specific narration by William Dufris and Laurel Lefkow requires Southern, Midwestern, and Polish accents. It takes a cassette length to get accustomed to the constant switching of voices, but by that time the listener is already caught up in the story. Though the plot and the ending are predictable, this program is a pleasant romance that's hard to put down (or switch off).-Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.