I’m a big fan of Isabel Allende’s work. Her new book came out recently. I was disappointed in it. THIS book by Maria Duenas? The opposite. In fact, I would go as far to say that this book is more like an Isabel Allende book than that one. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves Allende’s work, or fans of Kristin Hannah. Really, anyone who likes historical fiction based around a time and those living in it (rather than historical events that took place), would enjoy it.
Imagine having financial security based on years of hard work, and then life comes along and deals you a losing hand, which results in that security being threatened. This is what happens to Maura Larrea. But this guy is a fighter, and he manages to take a huge chance with what he has left, and he inherits a neglected house and a vineyard in Spain. He leaves behind his life and heads for Spain, with the intention of selling the property and going back to Mexico. The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, however, and this is certainly the case when Mauro meets Soledad, the widow of a local wine merchant. She’s a feisty one, but so is Mauro, and before you know it, the two of them happen upon a chance that could bring them an opportunity beyond their wildest dreams, or will it end in heartbreak and further debt? The only way you’ll know? You have to read it!
The Vineyard is in stores now. (Simon & Schuster, $26.00, ISBN 1501124536).