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Thanks to the author and Get Red PR for the free copy (and paired wine) in exchange for my feature and honest review
DECANTED – Linda Sheehan (Released May 13th, 2021)
From author Linda Sheehan, who’s part of a Napa wine dynasty, comes a story of grapes, wine, first crushes, and juicy redemption. Dreading the desk job that awaits her after high school, eighteen-year-old Vivian Goodyear takes off for pre-World War ll Paris, where she supports herself as an artist’s model.
Flash forward to modern day Manhattan where, inspired by Vivian’s courage, her grand-niece Samantha leaves her pressure cooker career to work the grape harvest in France. There, between picking grapes in the vineyard and crushing them in the cellar, she gets lessons in the art of making wine and in the art of making love. But when her world is turned upside down, a link from Aunt Vivian’s past could right it in a tale of being on top, sinking to the bottom, and coming up for glorious air.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
After a few so-so books this was just what I needed. Not my typical genre but I think that helped a lot and I wasn’t expecting to learn so much about wine! DECANTED brings us a dual timeline story weaving together the experiences of Samantha and her great-aunt Vivian and their lives surrounding the wine making process in France. Sam is wanting to leave her high-stress job and follow what her great-aunt did – go out to France to work the grape harvest.
I learned so much in this book without it feeling like a textbook or step-by-step process on making wine. Sheehan did a great job weaving this all into the book and what the characters were experiencing where it felt so natural. With her expertise in the area all of that knowledge shined through. I liked the dual timelines and seeing Vivian’s and Sam’s lives take shape as they discovered who they were while in France. I highly recommend and you’ll definitely find yourself craving a glass of wine while reading.