(In my defense . . . the synopsis was limited to 500 words! And the story spans two centuries . . .)
I have to admit that I had a little trouble following your synopsis for your novel, Applewood. However, when I read your three opening chapters, I got quite caught up with the character of Dugan and the story, especially after the first chapter (which might do better not being the first chapter--Dugan, and the mysteriously abandoned "Applewood" are your grabbers).
I'd very much like to read the whole manuscript. Could you send it as an attachment in .rtf or Word format? Thanks.
It's a small, specialty, local press, and of course there's no guarantee of anything. But after fifty or so rejections on this one, it's nice that someone wants to read more, anyway.