A Vintage Summer By Cathy Bramley

A Vintage Summer By Cathy Bramley

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London has not been kind to Lottie Allbright. Realising it’s time to cut and run, she packs up and moves back home – but finds her family in disarray. In need of a new place to stay, Lottie takes up the offer of a live-in job managing a local vineyard. There’s a lot to learn – she didn’t even know grapes could grow so far north!

Butterworth Wines in the rolling Derbyshire hills has always been run on love and passion but a tragic death has left everyone at a loss. Widowed Betsy is trying to keep the place afloat but is harbouring a debilitating secret. Meanwhile her handsome but interfering grandson, Jensen, is trying to convince her to sell up and move into a home.

Lottie’s determined to save Butterworth Wines, but with all this and an unpredictable English summer to deal with, it’ll be a challenge.

And that’s before she discovers something that will turn her summer – and her world – upside down . . .

My Thoughts:

I love a Cathy Bramley read, they just bring so much warmth through into your life. The cover of this book is very summery and makes you want to dive in straight away. I loved the story and characters, I felt as though I was there in the thick of it. The information about the vineyard was really interesting and even though I have visited my local vineyard I will definitely have to go again.

I received a ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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The Forgotten Summer By Carol Drinkwater

The Forgotten Summer By Carol Drinkwater

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This title will be released on February 11, 2016.

Secrets ripen and fester over a long sweltering summer in France . . .

The annual grape harvest at the Cambon family’s magnificent vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When an accident destroys the crop, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame – her daughter-in-law Jane.

It’s just the latest incident in a decades-long feud whose origin both women have concealed from Luc, who struggles to keep his wife and mother on speaking terms. But is Luc the saint he appears to be? When tragedy strikes, Jane is thrown into doubt. What secrets has her husband been keeping?

Forced to take charge of the ailing vineyard, Jane uncovers further proof that Luc may not be the man she fell in love with twenty years ago. And, worse still, she knows that her old enemy Clarisse is the only one who knows the truth . .

My Thoughts:

I want to say thank you to lovereading for sending me an advanced copy of this book. I loved it, even though it is cold at the moment reading this book made me look forward to the summer. What I found interesting was reading about the process of making wine and olives too, it made me want to be right there in the thick of it and I could almost imagine I was. Carol has clearly researched into vineyards very well. I think this is a book to enjoy at any time of the year. But I think it is best read in the evening with a nice big glass of wine.

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