Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace by Julie Stock @wood_beez48 @raresources

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Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace written and self-published by Julie Stock is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

It’s springtime at The Vineyard in Alsace, a new season and a new beginning

After being abandoned by her partner when she falls pregnant, Lottie Schell goes home to live on The Vineyard in Alsace, where she has started a new relationship with the estate’s winemaker, Thierry. Now about to give birth, Lottie’s determined to raise her child and to provide for them both on her own without having to depend on anyone else.

Thierry Bernard is still dealing with his grief and guilt following the death of his wife two years earlier, for which he blames himself. When he meets Lottie, the instant attraction he feels towards her gives him hope that he can move on from the tragedy of his past, as long as he can tell Lottie the truth of what happened.

When circumstances force Lottie and Thierry closer together, they both find it hard to compromise – she’s proudly independent and he’s fiercely protective – and they’re both wary about trusting someone new with their heart.

Can Lottie and Thierry take a chance on each other, move on from their pasts and start over?

Escape to The Vineyard in Alsace once again with this romantic read set in the heart of Alsace’s wine country.

Purchase Link – Amazon

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Julie Stock’s latest novel: Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace.  I have the pleasure of sharing an extract with you.

Thierry faces up to the fact that he is still grieving for his wife, Nicole, and that he needs help to move on.

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By the time he’d returned to the vineyard, Thierry was feeling calmer. Just the sight of the rows and rows of vines in front of him, and the order they depicted, allowed his breathing to return to normal and his frustration to abate. Lottie had never been afraid to speak her mind to him – that was one of the things he liked best about her – but he wished she wasn’t so perceptive sometimes. He was still grieving for Nicole – Lottie was right about that – and he had no idea how to start moving on.

He’d been angry ever since Nicole had died, but what husband wouldn’t be, after losing his wife in such a senseless way? There wasn’t a limit to how long it should take him to get over her loss, was there? But then an inner voice of doubt spoke up. Shouldn’t you be feeling less angry about it all by now? Is it time to start moving on?

He couldn’t answer any of these questions for himself, that was for sure. He found it hard to talk about his feelings at the best of times, so there was no way he was going to talk to his friends about it. He certainly couldn’t talk to Nicole’s parents, who were still struggling to come to terms with their own feelings after losing their only daughter.

He stopped in front of the pinot noir vines and stared out across the estate. He owed it to Lottie to tell her what had happened if they were going to be together, but right now, he wouldn’t even know where to start with explaining how he felt. He’d been wondering for a while now whether counselling might help him, but he was afraid to take that step. He rubbed his eyes, trying to clear his mind. What was the right thing to do?

He took one last look at the estate, before turning away from the vines to head back to the office in search of Didier. He walked through the bare vines to the path that led up to the courtyard where the estate office was and made his way steadily up the slope.

Didier was alone and Thierry sighed with relief. He didn’t want to talk in front of Henri, Didier’s assistant, even though they were all good friends and had worked together for years. It would be hard enough having to reveal his weakness to Didier, his best friend, let alone anyone else.

Salut, ça va?’ he asked as he came in, closing the door behind him.

‘Not bad, you? Do you want a coffee?’

Thierry nodded and sank gratefully into Henri’s padded desk chair.

‘I think I may need counselling.’ He winced, embarrassed at saying it out loud.

‘That’s a great conversation starter,’ Didier replied setting a cup of coffee in front of him. ‘How did all this come up?’

‘I asked Lottie to move in with me again, and she told me I still need to deal with my grief.’ Thierry stared absently at his coffee. ‘And the thing is, she only said what I’ve been telling myself for a while now.’

Didier blew out a long breath. ‘And you think counselling might be the answer?’

Thierry nodded, looking up. ‘But the trouble is, even the thought of needing therapy makes me feel weak and inadequate. Then after our conversation, as I thought about it, I wondered if she was right. If I want to be with her, I need to sort this out.’

Author Bio –

Starting Over - Author PicJulie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in 2015, after starting to write as an escape from the demands of her day job as a teacher. Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace is her ninth book, and the second in the Domaine des Montagnes series set on a vineyard.

Julie is now a full-time author, and loves every minute of her writing life. When not writing, she can be found reading, her favourite past-time, running, a new hobby, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

Social Media Links –

Website:  https://julie-stock.co.uk/

Twitter:  @wood_beez48

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JulieStockAuthor/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/julie.stockauthor/

 

 

From Here to Nashville by Julie Stock @wood_beez48 @rararesources #bookbirthdayblitz #fromheretonashville #bookreview #countrymusic #romance

 

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From Here to Nashville written by Julie Stock, publisher Clued Up Publishing, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

To buy link: mybook.to/FromHeretoNashville

Book Blurb

Two worlds, 4,000 miles apart. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset. When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.

But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands. Should she abandon her dream and take the easy way out or should she leave the life she has always known behind and take a gamble on a man who has personal demons of his own?

Follow Rachel and Jackson as they learn to trust in love again to see whether their music really can unite them.

From Here To Nashville

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I am so pleased to be on the book birthday blitz celebrating five years since the launch of Julie Stock’s first instalment in the From Here to You book series: From Here to Nashville.

Ever since the hit TV drama Nashville graced our screens back in 2012 I instantly became a fan of the show.  The melodrama surrounding the characters entertained you but the music was what kept me tuning in.  It’s been nearly two years since the end of the TV show so when I was introduced to this contemporary romance series written by Julie Stock I knew I would love it and I have!  It’s filled a hole in my heart and satisfied my country blues!

From Here to Nashville is book one in the From Here to You 3 book series.  It is also my first introduction to the work of Julie Stock.  After reading book one I am now keen to read the other books in the series.

Rachel Hardy lives and works in Dorset as a singing tutor in the day and she performs with her band in the evening.  Rachel loves to sing especially her own lyrics and dreams of one day performing in Nashville the heart of country music.

Jackson Phillips lives and works in Nashville he is visiting Dorset for a family wedding and by chance he gets to see and hear Rachel’s band.  Instantly he recognises talent and he approaches Rachel and encourages her to sign up for an ‘Open Mic’ competition.  Not only is it Rachel’s voice Jackson has fallen for he also starts to feel a chemistry building between the pair.

As Rachel and Jackson spend more and more time together their attraction for each other grows but can love bloom so fast when history from both of their pasts keeps causing upset?

A gorgeous fast flowing romance that takes you on a journey of love overcoming hurdles with the sweet sounds of country music as the perfect theme tune!

I would wholeheartedly recommend reading the books in the series in order to fully appreciate and enjoy the reading experience.  The books in the series are:

  • From Here to Nashville (Rachel’s story)
  • Over You (Sam’s story)
  • Finding You (Jenna’s story)

 

About the Author

From Here - JSAuthorPhotoJulie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

Julie is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

Social Media Links –
Website – http://www.julie-stock.co.uk
Twitter – www,twitter.com/wood_beez48
Facebook Author Page – http://www.facebook.com/JulieStockAuthor
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/julie.stockauthor/

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