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Branching Out

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
[NOTE: This novel is the sequel to FAMILY TREES, by Kerstin March]

Nestled along the shores of the beautiful Great Lakes, Meyers Orchard is where Shelby Meyers found unexpected love and strength—and now must forge a new life on her own terms…Marriage marks both a happy ending and a new chapter for Shelby Meyers. She and Ryan Chambers have overcome tremendous odds to stand t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Kensington
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Christie Sitterly
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled when I realized that this was the sequel to Family Trees, a book I truly enjoyed. I love a good love story, and Branching Out is just that. This book details the lives of Ryan and Shelby, two individuals who come from very different walks of life. Branching Out chronicles further difficulties and a great tragedy the couple must come to terms with. One can't help but root for the characters and that they will prevail over their circumstances. I highly recommend this book!
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Branching Out picks up right where Family Trees ends. When we left off Shelby had moved to the city to be with Ryan. Somewhere along the way Ryan proposes, kicking off the second novel with the wedding. Embarking on a new journey to spend the rest of their lives together, but will the secrets they're hiding destroy everything......

I love the way Kerstin March continues to tell Shelby and Ryan's story. Branching Out gives us an honest look into the lives of two very different people who are tryin
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! A sequel to Family Trees, Branching Out is everything readers of the first novel needed and wanted to know. Set on gorgeous Lake Superior, this novel follows two fascinating people who have complex pasts to face before they can move forward with their life together. Check out my review on BookTrib.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Branching Out picks up where it’s predecessor, Family Trees left off. While Shelby and Ryan embark on a new journey, ready to form their union and spend forever together, they have secrets that threaten to damage their relationship and everything it stands for.

For Shelby, so much of the foundation of her life has been uprooted. It’s so hard for her to settle into a life with Ryan that’s so vastly different from what she’s known. And for Ry
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Branching out is a beautifully written, heartwrenching story of loss, grief, and forgiveness. It picks up shortly after the events of Family Trees and starts at a wedding. March has done a great job at weaving in details from the first book and things that happened between the two without it feeling like a history lesson. I love how poetic the writing feels and March definitely has a way with words. I do admit though that I had some trouble connecting to the story until about 80 pages
Heather Anastasiu
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you’re like me, then you often wonder, “what happens after the ‘happily ever after’?” The truth is, the first year of marriage is often the most difficult of any couple’s life, and things happen that make it even more so for Ryan and Shelby. Even if you haven’t read Family Trees, you quickly get caught up in this couple’s story. This book goes into intense places so that I was crying and couldn’t stop flipping pages. When I began this series, I thought I was just getting an easy heart-warming ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Readers of Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey need to discover Kerstin March. Finish her debut novel, Family Trees, and immediately after you will want to begin this sequel, Branching Out. Love and loss and redemption, a little glamour and the magical beauty of Lake Superior make this volume a nice place to spend your day.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and loved every page of Shelby and Ryan's story. After the fairytale romance comes the unavoidable reality of life in all its beautiful and heartbreaking ways. I adored the way family and home were centric in helping the characters navigate the rough waters we all face. A highly recommended read!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read and enjoyed March's first book - particularly because of the setting in Bayfield. There are parts of this book that I enjoyed, but I thought it was out of balance. I wished that some parts had more emphasis and some parts less. It is hard to go into that without spoilers, but I will say that I thought the discussions and time spent on the "coming together" in the beautiful place was way to brief. There could have been so much richness in exploring "their process", since that seemed to be ...more
Janka H.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
A romance about a young couple in love..and in troubles.

Shelby and Ryan starts the novel (the sequel to the Family Trees) by their dreamy wedding. But even the wedding is a bit blurred by another scandalous behaviour by bride’s mother.
And the groom has a painful secret on his heart, too.

As they start their life together, (almost) all is bright - well, the press is difficult, yes, but they love each other. But this love will be tested when the tragedy strikes.

Quite sweet, yet skin-deep and Harl
Aug 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the 2nd of a series, and I hope the series ends right here. I read the first one, kind of liked it even though it was obvious it needed serious editing. I even gave it 5 stars for trying, but this one! Horrible! She obviously did little research on where cities are in Wisconsin. You do not get off the interstate to rural roads in Fond du Lac! You get off on a 6 lane highway to get to the hospital. Then in the same chapter she has Shelby in a hospital in Eau Claire. What? Eau Claire and ...more
Trisha Honetschlager
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
First off, I had no idea there was a first book. So, I may come back and reread this after reading the first one, it may change my opinion on this book.

With that being said though, I had a lot of personal issues that I just couldn't get over that kind of held me back from really enjoying the book. Example, the Bernice character during the interviews. She has this weird ability which is just a bit too fake for me. I didn't enjoy that segment at all. The entire bar section was then ruined for me.
Margaret Galbraith
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I did not realise there was a book before this one titled "Family Trees" but you could read this without the first one. I might try to find it later just to clear up some things mentioned in this book. So far an easy read but not been reading much lately. Good holiday reading with a few twists and turns even if a little predictable. On completion there is no need to read the first one unless you really wanted to as it all comes together and you find out everything anyway. I quite enjoyed this ch ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read, but not as powerful as the first book. I adore Bayfield, and missed its presence in this sequel. I also had a hard time relating to Shelby, who seemed far to young and naive to be realistic. In the end, when the story returns to Bayfield, my interest was more intense....March does a wonderful job of turning the town and Lake Superior into its own character in the story.
Sarah Quickel
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the first page of Branching Out, you are immersed in the beauty of the Apostle Islands.
March’s writing style flows so easily that you can relax and be taken away in the story.
The characters are like your best friend. A heartfelt story of love, loss, and growth.
A lovely read and I am anxiously awaiting to see what else this author will produce.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nothing really happens and it's really boring.
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Kerstin March is the author of FAMILY TREES and BRANCHING OUT (Kensington Publishing), which were also released in German as Die Zeit der Apfelbluten and Apfelbluten Sommer (LYX Egmont). She a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). March earned her BA degree in English from St. Olaf College and studied English literature at Oxford University in Oxford, En ...more
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