Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas book review

late summer in the vineyard

Late Summer in the Vineyard written by Jo Thomas, publisher Headline Review is available in ebook, paperback and audio download format from THURSDAY 11th August 2016.

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Emmy Bridges has always looked out for others. Now it’s time to put down roots of her own.

Working for a wine-maker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn’t know a thing about wine – beyond what’s on offer at the local supermarket.

There’s plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy’s new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there’s her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont, tucked away in her vineyard of secrets.

But Emmy will soon realise that in life – just as in wine-making – the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts. Particularly when there’s romance in the air…

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.

I just adore books set in France, I don’t know why, maybe it’s my subconscious directing me to these stories with it’s idyllic settings in a dreamlike scenario?  When I read the synopsis for this book I was drawn in immediately by it’s location.  I don’t drink but by the time I’d read the book I’d felt completely romanticised by the vineyards in France.  I loved how Jo Thomas set the story in a rustic, organic vineyard and we got to appreciate the full beauty of the process of wine making from start to finish … I was captivated.  Jo’s vivid description of the scents, sounds and sights left you salivating.  You could almost imagine yourself walking in the vineyard with the warm breeze against your skin bringing with it the aromas of the French soil, herbs, flowers and fruits.  Also the description of the food cooked and served were an instagrammers dream!

Since Emmy’s mother died many years ago Emmy has taken on the role of mother to her younger sister and has cared for her father who overnight stopped looking after himself.  Over the years Emmy and her father have struggled for money but when things get out of control and Emmy is offered a lifeline at work to earn a big bonus and more importantly keep her job, Emmy has no choice but to accept.  She packs her bags and accepts a 12 week project working in France learning about wine and how best to promote and sell to customers.  We follow Emmy and her colleagues coping with this new challenge in a different country with a new product and culture to learn.  When Emmy befriends an old lady who owns a vineyard Emmy’s journey takes on an enlightening course.

This story was so beautiful and warm hearted however, there were some quite poignant, tender moments that took over my emotions.  The author was so detailed with her descriptions of the setting, the vineyards, the food I was enthralled throughout.  With chemistry  sizzling between several characters the story was given even more charming moments.  When I finished this gorgeous novel I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.  A warm and welcoming read with enough depth and sparkle to leave you hungry and thirsty for more 5/5*

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