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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Spotlight: The Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch

The Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch
Paperback, e-book, audiobook, 355 pages
She Writes Press/Harper Collins Canada
Published: August 5, 2014
ISBN: 1631529293
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Blurb:
A captivating historical-fiction debut: ambition, betrayal and love take a spirited young woman from the verdant Loire Valley to turn-of-the-century Manhattan to the wide open spaces of California wine country.
Loire Valley, 1895. When seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault's father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their vineyard to a rival family, whose eldest son marries Sara's sister, Lydia. But a violent tragedy compels Sara and her sister to flee to New York, forcing Sara to put aside her dream to follow in her father's footsteps as a master winemaker.
Meanwhile, Philippe Lemieux has arrived in California with the ambition of owning the largest vineyard in Napa by 1900. When he receives word of his brother's death in France, he resolves to bring the killer to justice. Sara has traveled to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Philippe in a Napa vineyard, they are instantly drawn to one another, but Sara knows he is the one man who could return her family's vineyard to her, or send her straight to the guillotine.
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Praise for The Vintner's Daughter:
“A fast-moving romantic saga about two independent, ambitious people hoping to succeed in winemaking….This relaxing summer read offers an enjoyable armchair voyage to wine country.” Historical Novels Review

“[A] rich history of the wine-making process through the eyes of a woman who is passionate and meticulous about each step.... At its core, The Vintner’s Daughter is a story of perseverance and transcending one’s past.” Booklist

“A young French woman, determined to pursue her dreams, shows resourcefulness and endurance as she journeys from her home to America in a novel set in the late 1800s….The plot is engaging and well-paced. Wine aficionados and fans of romance and historical fiction will drink this in.” Kirkus Reviews

“Will invoke inevitable comparisons to Gone with the Wind…. A pleasure.” —Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice and The Harem Midwife

“Lush and evocative, this novel brings the Loire Valley and its glorious vineyards to life in a story that will delight readers everywhere. Enjoy with your favorite glass of Merlot!” —Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Daughter
The Vintner's Daughter has also won: Bronze Medal for Historical Fiction in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Contest, was selected as the Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection for February 2015, and was named the “Best Fun Fictional Wine Book” and “A Great Escape Book for Wine Lovers” by Wine Country Getaways

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About Kristen Harnisch:

Photo Credit: Alix Martinez
Kristen is chef, chauffeur, laundress, nurse, shrink, shopper, and maid servant to three children and one terrific husband by day, and a novelist by night (or anytime in between when she can scribble down a flitting thought). She loves vanilla skim lattes, dark chocolate, and inspirational stories.

In addition to writing her own blog, Kristen is a monthly guest blogger for the Writer’s Digest Blog, The Writer’s Dig.  Prior to her life as a mother and writer, Kristen worked as a Relationship Manager at JPMorgan Chase in New York and San Francisco and as the Director of Retail Sales for RBS Citizens in Boston.

Kristen lives in Connecticut.

You can read this Q&A with the author to learn more about her and The Vintner's Daughter.

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I cannot wait to read this book!!!


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  1. I like the sound of this one.

    1. I've heard good things! I have it to review later this summer.


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