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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1st Paperback Printing edition (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034095079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340950791
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty-two year old Olivia Darling was born and raised in Cornwall. At the age of eighteen she fell in lust with an Italian art student in St Ives and ran away to Tuscany in hot pursuit of him. The love affair didn't last but Olivia's sojourn in Montepulciano inspired a much more enduring passion for Vino Nobile. She divides her time between Tuscany and London, where she writes her novels of sex, love and luxury.

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Hugely enjoyable; definitely a novel to grace your beach bag this summer. (Daily Mail)

'Prepare for lust, betrayal and strictly no moral' (Heat)

As bubbly as a glass of champers (Closer)

Dazzling... Prepare for lust, betrayal and strictly no moral fibre (Heat)

A bonkbuster with bubbles (Daily Mirror)

'Great fun. Great sex (Teletext)

'Sly wit . . . pitch-perfect description' (Publishers' Weekly)

"hugely enjoyable; definitely a novel to grace your beach bag this summer." (Daily Mail)

'Cut-throat competition and carnal pleasures collide in this saucy read!' (Daily Advertiser, Australia)

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The wine is sparkling and so is the sex in VINTAGE.

Cut-throat competition and carnal pleasures collide in the season's sauciest read.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
That giggly, ever so slightly naughty feeling that I remember when first reading a Jackie Collins novel as a teenager was alive and well and most definately reborn in OD's debut novel.
Not in any way grey-matter stretching, 'Vintage' does exactly what it promises to do - it introduces you to a glamorous World of Champagne making against the backdrop of Southern England, France and the USA. Throw into the mix a Supermodel, a gorgeous French heiress and an ex prozzie and you just know you're in for a treat! Not to mention a few ruthless blokes and the sex is simply sizzling!
This novel is good fun. The writing is wonderfully cheesy and I raced through all 547 pages in just a couple of days. It's no Booker prize winner but I think it's a definate for the beach this year...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mimzi on 11 April 2009
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I enjoyed this book greatly and couldn't put it down, left other things whilst I sat and read hoping to find that a certain character eventually got their come-uppance, but it just didn't happen. Found the end extremely disappointing. Unless of course there is a sequel somewhere in the pipeline when justice is done. Wish I had read the end first and wouldn't have bothered with the rest of it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kate loves books on 10 Mar. 2008
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As a secret Jilly Cooper addict, I've often bemoaned the lack of well-written, racy reads. Vintage is just that - it's sleek and sexy and doesn't take itself too seriously. The book focuses on three very different women (a moody, chavvy ex-chambermaid, a stylish French executive returning to her wine-making roots and an American model) who are all competing to make the best sparkling wines. There's a heady mix of romance, bitchiness and the sort of sex scenes you don't want to read on the tube. I'd definitely look out for more of her stuff...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Taylor on 13 Mar. 2010
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This is a great bit of frothy holiday/ escapism reading. Three very different women, all with vineyards and aiming to make a success of their business, each with their own champion. You don't need to use too many brain cells and the story is written so you want to keep going on to the next chapters. Chapters are short too so easy to fit in a chapter or two in short snatches in a day. I liked the characters, but ... as another reviewer mentions, the ending is weak and disappointing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine on 7 Mar. 2008
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If you want your summer holiday to come a bit earlier this year, then get a copy of Vintage, turn up the central heating and let yourself sink into this glossy, bitchy, sexy world of international winemaking, where grapes aren't the only things getting squashed underfoot. Vintage has all the shameless glitz and passion of the best 80s blockbuster tradition, but its three heroines are strong, determined, and most importantly, sympathetic women who struggle with their own destinies as hard as they struggle with the various men in their lives.

Kelly is a chambermaid from the wrong side of the tracks who inherits an English vineyard from a father she never knew; Christina is a gorgeous American supermodel, who finds herself clinging onto her Napa Valley estate when her apparently perfect marriage crumbles; Madeleine is the last of an illustrious line of French Champagne makers, now facing ruin. The three are linked by a bet made by a trio of wine critics, that one of them can mentor their chosen producer into creating the best sparkling wine in a blind tasting. But no matter how hard the women work to get their fledgling vineyards up to the standard required, battling their own demons, as well as the endless demands of the industry, they're really no match for the evil machinations of Mathieu Randon, ruthless and sexy owner of the global megabrand, Domaine Randon, who is determined to destroy any one who stands in his way...

Once I started reading this, I literally couldn't stop - the stories intertwine cleverly and keep the pace relentless, and the wine-making background is drawn so skilfully that what could have been dry factual information becomes as fascinating as the slow-burning romances, and frankly steamy sex.
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By Lora on 17 July 2009
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Overall I thought this book was good, it is fun, glamorous, sometimes shocking, and has an interesting storyline that never seems to drag. The main characters, who become rivals as champagne vineyard owners, are Madeleine, a beautiful brunette who is from France, Christina, a beautiful blonde actress, and Kelly, a rather 'chavvy' girl. I liked all three main characters and were interested in their storylines (even though Kelly is quite annoying).

The only thing I feel I should complain about is that some of the sex scenes in this book are really quite crudely written. Obviously it is to be expected that there will be sexual content in a book like this but I dont feel that it needs to be quite so crude. However I dont suggest you let this deter you from reading the book unless you are quite easily-offended.
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By Olivia on 4 Oct. 2010
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Love this book, bought it on the way to a business trip and couldn't put it down. It is lovely story about three girls with different life style, but somehow their path will cross and all together make a great story which was not only very entertaining but also really emotional. I give it 5 out of 5 because it helped me to get over a bad time and cheered me up :)
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