Broke the Grape's Joy
English widow, Jean Valeix, is the owner of a fabulous vineyard in the French wine village of Saint-Emilion. But her cherished château is struggling to sell its produce. A handful of people – among them a charming middle-aged Scotsman, a jaw-droppingly beautiful girl and a talented autistic boy – will change her life completely. But not all her visitors are who they claim to be. All she needs to do is find out who’s telling the truth, save her business from bankruptcy and solve a murder. Only then might she discover that sometimes even good things come in threes.
Viticulture and poetry, mental health and mortality all tumble, along with the cabernets and merlots, into the fermenting vat of this dark but uplifting tale.
"This is a book I wanted to finish and yet was enjoying the journey so much that I forced myself to ration the chapters to make it last longer. I just hope this is the first of many such books from this very talented writer with a mastery of bitter-sweet tales." - Peter F May, Bella Online
Published: 10 April 2012