English widow, Jean Valeix, is the owner of a fabulous vineyard in the French wine village of Saint-Emilion. But her cherished château is struggling to sell its produce. A handful of people - among them a charming middle-aged Scotsman, a jaw-droppingly beautiful girl and a talented autistic boy - will change her life completely. But not all her visitors are who they claim to be. All she needs to do is find out who's telling the truth, save her business from bankruptcy and solve a murder. Only then might she discover that sometimes even good things come in threes. Viticulture and poetry, mental health and mortality all tumble, along with the cabernets and merlots, into the fermenting vat of this dark but uplifting tale. "This is a book I wanted to finish and yet was enjoying the journey so much that I forced myself to ration the chapters to make it last longer. I just hope this is the first of many such books from this very talented writer with a mastery of bitter-sweet tales." - Peter F May, Bella Online
Patrick Hilyer, author of the award-winning wine travel guide French Vineyards, lives and works in France. He and his wife own a restaurant in Normandy.
In praise of French Vineyards...
"a wonderful book, full of information and enchantment" Heimburger's European Traveller
"a vicarious travel adventure" Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine
"enticing and indispensable" Jonathan Ray, wines editor, Daily Telegraph
"recommendations from all the French wine regions" Jim Budd, independent wine journalist and chairman of The Circle of Wine Writers
In praise of Broke the Grape's Joy...
"a real page turner of a story full of teasing clues and cliff-hanging suspense...a triumph of a little book, immensely readable and with the added interest of its back-story for the wine buff. Highly recommended." Tom Cannavan, wine journalist
"What a delighful, heartwarming novel it is. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Peter May, Wines Editor, BellaOnline
"full-bodied, spicy with fascinating and fruity overtones." John Walker, Author of The Jagermeister's Apprentice