Review of THE WINEMAKERS by Jan Moran

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So I somehow missed that this book was coming out. It takes place, in part, in my hometown of Napa so I knew I HAD to read it! Ms. Moran and her publicist kindly sent me a copy via Net Galley.

Here’s the overview from NG:

1956: When Caterina Rosetta inherits a cottage in the countryside of Italy from a grandmother she’s never known, she discovers a long-buried family secret — a secret so devastating, it threatens the future of everything her mother has worked for. Many years before, her mother’s hard-won dreams of staking her family’s claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition; but as an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragic secret that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother’s buried past.

From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.

Me again! I really enjoyed this novel, which was a quick read for me. From Italy to Napa, with hidden secrets, strong women, murder, and romance, it captured my attention and kept me reading. My favorite parts were descriptions of the Valley and of winemaking. I liked the main character, Caterina, but liked her mother even more. I really enjoy a non-perfect but strong main female character! The only character who didn’t really work for me was Luca, as I found him one dimensional. Why was he so very evil? Someone read it and tell me!

Rest assured there was a happy ending (I had my doubts for a bit!) which is always a plus for me!

If you enjoy wine, romance, and the Napa Valley, then pick up a copy of THE WINEMAKERS.

A big thank you to the very gracious Ms. Moran and her publicist for my e-copy!

 

 

Saturday Snapshot: Napa!

 

I  grew up in Napa Valley, California, and we LOVE to visit!
Here are a few shots I took on our recent April trip.

The ride upvalley – forgive the telephone lines…

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The driveway into Sterling Vineyards:

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Views from the tram up to Sterling:

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Um…speaks for itself.. and yes, it was quite tasty!!

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This picture hardly does it justice, but this is the view of the evening sun setting from my friends’ back deck (I had to include this because really — if this was out your back window, would you EVER go inside??)

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You, too, can take part in Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Alyce at www.athomewithbooks.net. Just post a picture you or a friend took and link it to Alyce’s site! (Appropriate pics only please!)