The California Wife

A Novel

by Kristen Harnisch

On Sale: 05/08/2018

The California Wife

A Novel

by Kristen Harnisch

On Sale: 05/08/2018


About the Book

A rich, romantic tale of wine, love, new beginnings and a family’s determination to fight for what matters.

It is 1897 and a newly married couple, Sara and Philippe Lemieux, are determined to make their Napa vineyard into a world-renowned operation. But with the new century arrives the threat of a dangerous blight on their grape vines and talk of looming prohibition. Closer to home, fiercely independent Sara is having a difficult adjustment to the role of wife and mother.

An invitation to the World’s Fair seems to rejuvenate both the business and Sara and Philippe’s marriage, but a secret from Philippe’s past and Sara’s passion for the cause of women’s rights may derail all that they have worked for.

Fate has other plans in store for the Lemieuxes in the spring of 1906, when a massive earthquake rocks northern California and brings a challenge unlike any other they have faced. Will the unstoppable events overwhelm Sara and Philippe’s future, despite their love for each other?

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Critical Praise

“It was easy to get lost in the pages of The California Wife, Harnisch’s compelling new novel. . . . This sweeping tale is a true delight.” - Linda Holeman, bestselling author of The Linnet Bird

“Rich with setting and story. . . . Harnisch weaves history and family passion together so seamlessly that I had to remind myself I was reading fiction. This is a simply stunning follow-up to The Vintner’s Daughter. Both enlightening and delightful. Bravo!” - Carla Stewart, author of Stardust

“You’ll want to cheer for Sarah Lemieux as she tries to balance, love, family, and independence in a time when women were expected to obey. Rich in history, passion, and community, The California Wife is a novel that continues to surprise until the very end.” - Marci Nault, author of The Lake House

“Fans of historical fiction, heart-pounding romance and remarkable women, look no further. . . . An exquisite read from start to finish.” - Alexandria Brown, Napa County Historical Society Research Librarian

“Like a Napa Valley vintner, Harnisch’s skillful blend of 19th century societal norms and details about wine-making practices never overwhelms the characters but enriches them so that they will captivate your heart. You’ll long remember this beautiful story about redemption, forgiveness, love, and family bonds.” - Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise

“I recommend this book to wine lovers and historical fiction fans alike!” - Tina Vierra, Associate Publisher, Wines & Vines

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443454858
  • ISBN 10: 1443454850
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 05/08/2018
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price:18.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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