My 4 Stars Review
I enjoyed this story about a winemaking family from Napa Valley, Tuscany, and France set in the years 1920s and 1950s. It is centered on a mother, Ava, and her daughter, Caterina. Both share a love for their famous vineyard, Mille Etoiles and, of course, their wine. This story has a vintage feel, that I found quite refreshing !
Caterina refuses to marry the man chosen by her mother, she is in love with another man, the father of her hidden daughter. She decides to leave with her child and start a new life in Italy where she has inherited a house from her grandmother.
But in Italy, she also discovers that her family has long buried secrets, that have been a heavy burden to carry for her mother. And soon they will be in danger of losing their beloved vineyard of Mille Etoiles.
I loved both women in this story. They are strong characters, willing to fight for what they believe is right. This was my first book by Jan Moran, but I was impressed by her ability to create multi-layered and complex characters, some good and some evil. I also enjoyed the vivid and richly evocative descriptions of landscapes and of the charming aspects of life in Tuscany, including the great food ! It reminded me of holidays under the Italian sun and would be a great summer read ! Obviously this won’t be my last book by this author !
ARC kindly received from publisher St. Martin’s Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest feedback.