Valerie Ihsan

author, editor, dog lover


"A lyrical, deep and emotional story; the dynamic between Kathryn and her daughter Heather, and between Heather and Kyle, will pull you in--and make you think about your own relationships. Set aside a day and grab a box of tissues!" -Kristen James, All in My Head

Family. Courage. Love.

Kathryn Gordon’s cozy rural life falls apart when her adult daughter, Heather, is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. While Kathryn researches alternative cures, including communicating with a dead Scottish ancestor, Heather Gordon makes a heroic journey to Scotland with an ex-boyfriend she still loves.

The Scent of Apple Tea is a story of wanting what you can’t have, and finding the courage to live and love the life you’re given. If you like reading about strong female protagonists and scenic foreign lands, you’ll love Valerie Ihsan’s debut contemporary women’s fiction novel.

Buy today and transport yourself to the quaint farmlands of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the lush lochs and villages of the Scottish Highlands.

Early Reviews:

"The story grabbed me right away."

"... a beautiful, very touching and realistic characterization of the mother/daughter bond."

"...realistically...present[ed]...the issue of Heather's depression, and how that impacted her mother's life, and [the] continuous thinking about how to be there for her daughter; while also maintaining her own life."

"A great look into somebody dealing with the struggles...of roles, separate from, while still entwined with, their adult children."

"I loved the ending. I thought it was beautiful, poignant and very meaningful."

"I had a really hard time putting it down. I loved...all the detail...put into describing places. It made for really fun reading and great local flavor."

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Available locally at Tsunami Books in Eugene, OR.

The Scent of Apple Tea