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- File Size: 1550 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dordogne Press; 5 edition (19 Nov. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ANQWVC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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There is a wonderful cast of people - including Aimee, the gorgeous apprentice she hires; Archie, the autistic son of Andrew and Wendy, a visitor to the area who soon becomes a firm friend. Not forgetting Turk the Jack Russell who becomes her loyal follower! Not all of the people in the book can be trusted however and Jean will soon find herself rocked to the core by a series of betrayals.
An extremely well written book which is highly addictive; a story so well written it seems to cross genres completely, being part travelogue, part love story, part thriller. The story unfolds very gently and on the surface is very light, almost like "A Year in Provence" type of read, but underneath there is always something sinister just bubbling away ready to explode. There are some very sad, moving moments in the book and also some very uplifting ones as well, together with a good dash of danger in the climax.
A very enjoyable read.
It's about widow Jean, known as Jeanne who runs a winery inherited from her late husband and father-in-law. One day she finds Scotsman Andrew Maconie in his camper van on her land and her life changes. Soon the beautiful Aimée appears and things get complicated.
I'm not going to tell the story; it's a good one and I recommend that you read it. There's a lot of very high-class eating and drinking in it, too!
Then Aimée appears of the blue. Aimée, ostensibly a student, who is taken on as part of a work placement programme. Jean's life has taken a turn for the better at last. She has fallen in love with Andrew, and has some good help with the vines. We hear about the life-cycle of wine-making - pruning and training the vines, weeding, tasting, mixing - as an ongoing theme of continuity as the turbulent lives of the main characters start causing havoc.
Jean is a determined woman however, and will not be cowed by betrayal, or not for long anyway. She has friends - the super chef Stéphane and his kind wife, Wendy the indomitable retired academic, two lads from her husband's family and Andrew's dog, Turk.
Despite the somewhat dark atmosphere of parts of this book, it is in fact a celebration of life and love, of fine wine and food, good friends, and the healing nature of hard work.
It's beautifully written, highly evocative, well-informed and researched. The descriptions of the vineyard and ageing chateau suggest a place of timelessness in which Jean is a temporary guardian. She understands this and is determined to maintain her place as a privilege in memory of her husband's family.
There are so many facets to this story: love, intrigue, murder. As a backdrop to all of this, the author gives us a wonderful sense of place and a knowledgeable insight into viticulture and oenology. Sad at times and amusing at others, this is a satisfying tale with well-portrayed characters.
Most recent customer reviews
Very interesting characters really came together brilliantly. I was hooked straight away. Proper story line that flows nicely. The characters really came together nicely.Published 5 months ago by bookworm
A wonderful story that slowly unfolds....I couldn't put this book down!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this on a freebie a while ago. Not my usual cup of tea but a really enjoyable read. Made me want to jump in the car and head for the channel! Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
The story starts well but then runs out of steam. There then follows a lot of padding until the main theme is taken up again. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2013 by Jonny Monny
This book attracted me because of the lovely title. I downloaded it as a free book but would happily have paid for it. Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by PollyM
I got this book as a freebie a while back and have just got around to it -the strange title put me off a bit. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2013 by pollyanna
Great characterisation with realistic story lines. Book clubs could enjoy this as there is much to discus and think about.Published on 13 May 2013 by Katy Heath
This book is beautifully written, it draws you in and you live it. It has a strange, beautiful voice, relaying events with absolute clarity but also distance - the voice of... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2012 by Mrs. S. Whitmore
I never write reviews, although I download lots of books for my iPad. I read to relax and have read a lot of terrible kindle books. This book was a revelation, it was wonderful. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2012 by Jayne
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