I detect a theme in Sarah Kate Lynch's novels; food and drink is the background to the actual storyline.
This is the story of three sisters who are thrown together when their father, a renowned champagne maker and grower of grapes dies. Clementine has been with her father all her life and only experienced once what she thought was love and passion. She holds the champagne house together, and knows exactly what to do and how to talk to the grapes to encourage them to grow.
Mathilde her younger sister appears when the reading of the will is held and makes her mark immediately, leaving behind a husband and daughter but still bringing with her all her problems and poisonous attitude to life.
Unexpectedly, a third sister appears, Sophie who has not led anything like the life of her other sisters, suddenly finds herself in the midst of a sibling argument and rivalry but at the same her arrival joins them all together in love and makes them actually appreciate all that they have.
The story of three sisters comes to a head with the harvest of the latest season of grapes and the rivalries between the two older sisters and their past spills out and affects them all and the future.
Their story and how they react with each other is the foreground to the house of champagne. As a reader and complete novice about champagne, this book taught me so much about the process from seed to grape to blending to the final fizz. Do not be put off the French vocabulary as there is a glossary at the back, something I did not realise until the end of the book!
A rather interesting read and one (if I drank) you could read on a summer afternoon with a glass of fizz in your hand. Very light with quite a bit of sparkle and a kick to surprise you and wanting more.