A sparkling summer story that’s FULL of surprises!
London has not been kind to Lottie Allbright. Realising it’s time to cut and run, she packs up and moves back home – but finds her family in disarray. In need of a new place to stay, Lottie takes up the offer of a live-in job managing a local vineyard. There’s a lot to learn – she didn’t even know grapes could grow so far north!
Butterworth Wines in the rolling Derbyshire hills has always been run on love and passion but a tragic death has left everyone at a loss. Widowed Betsy is trying to keep the place afloat but is harbouring a debilitating secret. Meanwhile her handsome but interfering grandson, Jensen, is trying to convince her to sell up and move into a home.
Lottie’s determined to save Butterworth Wines, but with all this and an unpredictable English summer to deal with, it’ll be a challenge.
And that’s before she discovers something that will turn her summer – and her world – upside down . . .
I have to start by saying how much I loved Lottie. She is a believable character who I think lots of women can relate to. The fact that she can climb trees as well as cut them, just made me love her that little bit more. She isn’t some delicate wall flower but rather a wholesome and robust woman which was a total breath of fresh air to your stereo typical protagonist you usually see in this genre.
Apart from Harvey, the rest of the characters in the novel are just fabulous. It is a very character driven story of which all of them made me fall a bit more in love with this novel. Betsy was especially a character who grabbed my attention from the start and I just adored her.
The setting of a local vineyard is something you don’t see in many books, well not ones that are set in England that’s for sure. Even though I haven’t got a green finger on me, I loved the whole idea of throwing myself into the work and running the place just like Lottie. It made it at times a picturesque and idyllic setting.
A Vintage Summer is a novel to fall in love with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing the blossoming relationship between Lottie and Jensen develop. It is a wonderful story of friendship and family as well as romance. A story to warm any heart.
My thanks to Anne Cater and Transworld Publishers for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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CATHY BRAMLEY is the Sunday Times bestselling author of romantic comedies including Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall, The Lemon Tree Cafe and Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery.
Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted, romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, never without a book on the go and now thinks she may have found her dream job!
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