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The Vintner's Daughter

The Vintner's Daughter

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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 travelled 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.

A riveting, romantic tale of betrayal, retribution, love and redemption, Kristen Harnisch's debut novel immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of turn-of-the-century America and a spirited heroine's fight to determine her destiny.

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Critical Praise

“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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443426435
  • ISBN 10: 1443426431
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/17/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General

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