Late Harvest

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Kurt von Daniken wants only one thing from Glenna Ryan: The key to making Eiswein - Ice Wine. Five years ago, while working at his family's California winery, she'd begun developing the method to simulate wine made from grapes gathered after a freeze. Now, when the winery desperately needs it, the only person who might be able to duplicate Glenna's process, Kurt's tyrannical Uncle Otto, lies paralyzed by a stroke and near death.

Glenna wants only one thing from the von Danikens:...

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Kurt von Daniken wants only one thing from Glenna Ryan: The key to making Eiswein - Ice Wine. Five years ago, while working at his family's California winery, she'd begun developing the method to simulate wine made from grapes gathered after a freeze. Now, when the winery desperately needs it, the only person who might be able to duplicate Glenna's process, Kurt's tyrannical Uncle Otto, lies paralyzed by a stroke and near death.

Glenna wants only one thing from the von Danikens: To be left in peace to raise her son, Robbie, who suffers from a birth defect and needs an expensive surgery to repair it. When Kurt suddenly appears at her home, demanding she return to Cresthaven and complete the process, Glenna knows the money she'll earn by doing so will provide Robbie the treatment he needs. She also knows she'll risk having her heart broken, again, by Kurt, the only man she's ever loved. But, what if he discovers the real reason she left Cresthaven?

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Editorial Reviews

Naomi Horton
A story of rare vintage, weaving rekindled passion and personal courage into the tapestry of California's wine country.
The Word Museum
Again Ms. Barrett has fascinated me with her knowledge, her research, her character-building, her plots, and how wonderfully she packages them into a beautifully arranged whole. Put this one at the top of your To-Be-Read-ASAP pile--it is a prize vintage.
Under the Covers
A contemporary romance with an Alpha hero just waiting to be tamed, Late Harvest is an interesting foray into the intricacies of wine making, especially making ice wine--eiswein--from the grapes of a late harvest. Ms. Barrett's heroines are very definitely women of this century--women who make their own decisions and live with them. Late Harvest is a bountiful feast for an avid reader, a feast to be savored.
Mondello
In Late Harvest, Suzanne Barrett writes with an emotional intensity that will hold you captive. The magnificent portrait she paints of the wine country landscape is enchanting, making you feel as much a part of Cresthaven as the von Danikens. Late Harvest is filled with rich characterization and is sure to please fans of the movie A Walk in the Clouds. Ms. Barrett has a fan in me with Late Harvest and I highly recommend this book. -- Lover's Knot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935817178
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Married, with grown children, Suzanne Barrett and her husband live in the Santa Cruz Mountains where they share their acreage with an elderly cat, several chickens and an assortment of wildlife that includes a trio of wild turkeys. Suzanne is an avid gardener with a penchant for digging in the dirt. She loves to cook and read, and she's a certified water fitness instructor and teaches at area swimming pools and gyms. When she's not devouring British mysteries, most evenings find Suzanne at her computer or jewelry bench, a cup of Earl Grey within easy reach, a sleeping cat at her feet, doing what she loves best-creating stories of warmth and passion and designing pendants, earrings and bracelets. Her motto is "Don't wait for something; make it happen."

Visit Suzanne's websites at: www.suzannebarrett.com and www.bellerustique.com

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    The story flowed effortlessly!

    Review by JoAnne: This book was reminiscent to me of the series with the Marcelli Sisters by Susan Mallery which is one of my favorite series by her. Late Harvest was also about a family winery and the family dynamics surrounding the interactions and workload which included the workers at the winery since they are like family. Ultimately this was a story about family and how Kurt fit in as a von Daniken and what that meant for Glenna who thought his Uncle Otto was her grandfather. Late Harvest drew me in from the beginning and held my attention throughout. Glenna and Kurt had a past together but Kurt didn't realize how closely their lives were entwined when he first found her again and brought her back to his family's vineyard to make Ice Wine. There was romance, tears, arguments, tension - both sexual and as a result of conflict, and a happy ending to boot. Watching how Glenna and Kurt would circle around each other was nerve wracking at times and showed the importance of communication. Also, watching how close Glenna's son Robbie was getting to Kurt added another dimension to the story. The story flowed effortlessly and even family history thrown in occasionally did not bog it down. I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading other books by Suzanne Barrett.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Delightful

    Full of emotional stress, insecurities, and misconstrued assumptions, Late Harvest throbs with unrequited love. It bears out the veracity of the adage--better late than never.

    Glenna Ryan, a hardworking, single mother, knows if she goes back to work at Cresthaven for one season, Robbie can have the surgery he needs. Nothing, not her humiliation, anger, or broken heart, will keep her from doing what is best for her five-year-old son.

    Glenna's emotional wounds received from Otto and Kurt von Daniken never healed. However, she feels indebted to Otto who is dying. He had provided materially for her after her mother's death and, sad but true, she still loves Kurt, her Teutonic prince, so tall, blond, and handsome, even though he seems cold and remote.

    Kurt, reared by a stern father in his early years then by his even sterner Uncle Otto, puts duty and responsibility above all else. Love is not supposed to figure into the equation of life according to his upbringing.

    At Cresthaven, Robbie takes to life and to Kurt who teaches him lots of things little boys love. However, Kurt had no understanding of a child's needing love, affection, or pets to cuddle. He almost destroys his bond with Robbie before he comes to the realization that life without Robbie and Glenna will leave an emptiness inside him that cannot be filled. He understands his need for them but he still does not understand LOVE.

    The conflicts seem insurmountable, However, Kurt and Glenna succumbs to old desires that never died. Their need for each other in every way draws them together, but Glenna wants love not just marriage and business.

    The mystery of Glenna's ancestry fuels the misgivings. Only with clues given by Otto and some attic searching are answers found that give Glenna understanding and closure for past grief and fears.

    The secondary characters create the background of life moving along regardless of hurts, fears, and unrequited love. Mags, the housekeeper, is a steady giver of unconditional love, while the cook Carmen and her son add strange elements that pique one's interest. The workers in the vineyard-from winemaker to field hands make Late Harvest come alive with the doings of ordinary living.

    Suzanne Barrett crams a wealth of emotion, hard work, and social interaction into this short novel. The descriptions, introspections, and humor (ex. the claws of the kitten making a prick that lets out "pompous hot air") grabs the attention and keeps one reading. Best of all is getting to vicariously experience long-suffering love being rewarded with a magnificent acknowledgement and a promised happy-ever-after.

    Orignally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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