The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets by Jan Moran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: As a member of NetGalley, I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.
Part 1: From The Book Cover
1956: When Caterina Rosetta inherits a cottage in the countryside of Italy from a grandmother she's never known, she discovers a long-buried family secret -- a secret so devastating, it threatens the future of everything her mother has worked for. Many years before, her mother's hard-won dreams of staking her family's claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition; but as an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragic secret that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother's buried past.
From author Jan Moran comes The Winemakers, a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.
Part 2: Recommendation
I am by no means a wine connoisseur but I did enjoy this book. Set in 1956, Jan Moran captures the traditional views of how society perceived unwed mothers and how the business community are slow to accept women in their circle. Even in these modern times, some parts of the world still have these traditional views on women.
I felt Caterina's need to discover and find out the truth about her family's past that her mother insists on keeping buried. But like all secrets, they eventually come to light. It was also great to see Ava's struggles, the hard work she did in order to reach her goals of becoming a very successful female winemaker and the things she felt she had to do to protect her daughter and those she love.
Though this book is generally about Caterina's story of discovering a tragic family secret, the love she has for Santo, the sickening and disturbing possibility caused by that family secret and her triumphs, I feel that this book should've been Ava's story mainly because I find Ava's life in France, Italy and California having more depth and more interesting than Caterina's.
Overall, a very pleasant read.
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