When sour grapes spoiled her world
She dared to throw them away
She dared to harvest her dreams
And make something delicious
Share the fun, the magic, the heartbreak
Of a beverage with the power to make dreams come true
“Grand and glorious”
“page turning... sensually romantic”
-A woman's write
“magical and totally absorbing”
-midwest book review
From author Linda Sheehan, who’s part of a Napa wine dynasty, comes a story of grapes, wine, first crushes, and juicy redemption that only a wine country insider could tell.
Dreading the desk job that awaits her after high school, eighteen-year-old Vivian Goodyear takes off for pre-World War II Paris, where she supports herself as an artist’s model and has a fiery affair with a struggling painter. Flash forward to modern day Manhattan where, inspired by Vivian’s courage, her grand-niece Samantha leaves her pressure cooker career to work harvest at one of France’s most legendary wine domains. There, between picking grapes in the vineyard and crushing them in the cellar, she gets lessons in the art of making wine and the art of making love from gorgeous Julien LeMont. But when cultural differences turn her life upside down, a link from Aunt Vivian’s past could salvage her future in a tale of being on top, sinking to the bottom, and coming up for glorious air.
“A highly enjoyable tale of love, wine, and passion with juicy deft plotting. Readers will receive an enjoyable education on winemaking as Sam learns and works. Indeed, the emphasis on Sam’s dreams give the book an admirably feminist bent.”
– Kirkus Reviews