In Napa Valley, he who has the best grapes wins.
And in the pursuit of perfection, dreams and hearts can be crushed.
Sophia Stone is a widow on the brink of an empty nest, stuck in an unsatisfying job managing the vineyard for a mediocre Napa vintner. Faced with an uncertain future she wonders how do you choose between making a living and making a life? Between protecting your heart and sharing it? Five years ago, after her husband was killed in an accident, Sophia put her heart and dreams on ice to care for those around her. Now her home, her dreams, and her family’s legacy grapes are threatened by the greed of the new money moving into the Valley. Sophia has a choice—give up and let them take what is hers, or risk everything fighting a battle everyone says she can’t win.
Nico Treviani has one goal in life: make brilliant wine. A woman would be an unwanted distraction. So, while recognized as one of Napa’s premier vintners, Nico finds himself alone… until his brother’s death drops not one, but two women into his life—his thirteen-year-old twin nieces. In an instant, Nico gains a family and loses his best friend and partner in the winemaking business. Struggling to care for his nieces, Nico accepts a job as head winemaker for Avery Specter, one of the new-money crowd. And he learns the hard way that new money doesn’t stick to the old rules.
When Sophia Stone gets caught in the middle of Nico’s struggle to remain true to himself or sacrifice his convictions to make stellar wine, both Sophia and Nico are faced with a choice they never imagined. A choice that might extinguish the hope of a future neither expected.
At first I found it hard to get into this story, being in 3rd person which isn’t one of my favourite styles of writing, but once I stuck it out. I started to enjoy how the story progressed, how each character had a back story and how the relationship between Sophia and Nico blossomed even with all the commotion happening around them, they found strength in the other. This book is mainly based on wine, knowing little about wine made this story a learning curve for me.
Sophia talking with her daughter Dani.
“Every time I see her or talk to her, I pray this will be one of the times that she’s herself again.”
“Even if it means she yells at you?”
“Well, okay, not every time.”
Nico talking with his sister Victoria.
“That’s what love is. You give the ones you love a part of you, and you get a bit of them in return. When they go, they take that part of you with them.”
Sophia talking with her mother.
“But do we ever spend as much effort worrying about how we are living?”
I rate this book 3.5 stars.