The Apple Diary

by Gerri Hill

Following the death of her grandmother, reluctant heiress Madilyn Marak agrees to stay with her grandfather at the estate for the summer. While there, she finds a diary—The Apple Diary—written by her great-grandmother Isabel, telling the story of a long ago love affair with a woman named Lorah.

After reading about the affair, in the summer of 1933, Madilyn feels a bond with the two women and is determined to bring Isabel’s beloved orchard—which had fallen into ruins—back to life again.

The normally quiet and reserved Madilyn finds a new joy in life as she becomes friends with the outgoing and energetic Dylan Hayes who has come to live on the property and replant the orchard. As she is transformed from a stoic and passive heiress to a happy and spirited woman, she realizes the similarities of her journey and that of Isabel’s.

Like Isabel, will she marry a man she doesn’t love? Or will she find the strength that eluded Isabel and follow her heart?


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Genre Romance
Length 304 pages
Publication Date December 14, 2023
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642474985e
Editor Medora MacDougall
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso


GCLS Goldie Awards
The Apple Diary — Finalist, Contemporary Romance: Long Novels and Ann Bannon Popular Choice.


"The photo that’s depicted in The Apple Diary is very real. Back in January of 2018, a friend sent me the picture with a caption: Ran across this in my grandmother’s things. The woman on top is her. Isn’t that crazy?

It was such a captivating and compelling photograph, and I couldn’t help but wonder what the story was behind it. I kept the photo and over the years, I’d come across it, stare at the two women and again wonder what their relationship was and who had taken the photograph. The women were looking at each other, not the photographer. It was as if they’d been captured in a private, intimate moment, not meant for others to see.

When I saw the photo last year, I knew I had to finally write their story. It took several months to come up with the setting, the characters, and the backstory before I ever wrote a single word. I hope you’ll fall in love with Lorah and Isabel…and Dylan and Maddie. I know I did."

—Gerri Hill


Della B. - …Hill’s magic is that she makes us care deeply for her characters. We all see bits and pieces of ourselves in Maddie and Dylan and so we are invested in their story. The Apple Diary is beautifully written with attention to nuance and descriptive detail. The storytelling is at the finest level.

Annika H. - … absolutely love the story, the characters just everything.

Sarah F. - What can I say Gerri Hill can honestly do no wrong. You know when you are picking up their books it is going to be a winner and this one was no different. Loved the two love stories and timelines and it is all very sweet and makes you feel warm inside.

Silvia M. - Hill is a solid writer and this has to be one of the best books I read this year, cannot recommend it enough.

Women Using Words
Hill has always been known for captivating storylines and well-developed characters, so it should surprise no one that The Apple Diary is an enchanting, heartwarming story that will leave one wanting more. Readers will appreciate her intriguing storyline and immersive story world.

Betty H. - This novel has everything I expect from one of Gerri Hill’s love stories; a gorgeous setting, enchanting and realistic characters, and of course a heart stirring romance. I highly recommend The Apple Diary.

Bonnie K. - A heartwarming, well written historical and contemporary romance in a beautiful setting. It touches on sadness, joy, love and grief.

Karen C. - The Apple Diary is a sweet, slow-burn romance that is a joy to read.

Abigail C. - In The Apple Diary, Gerri Hill deftly weaves a captivating tapestry of romance, subtly blending the allure of the paranormal with two sweet and heartwarming love stories.

Sarah L. - This was such a great read. I thoroughly enjoy Gerri Hill as an author, and this book was no different.

Patricia B. - A heartwarming, well written historical and contemporary romance in a beautiful setting.

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1 review for Apple Diary, The – eBook

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    Gerri Hill has written a masterpiece, blending a 1930’s historical romance with a modern-day romance….I encourage others to read this book. It certainly is the best book of 2023, in my opinion, and near the top of my list of best Gerri Hill books of all time.

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