This epic tale of love lost and found unfolds against the lush background of California vineyards. After building a winery on the one-hundred-year-old vineyard that Francesca DeAngelo inherited, her husband, Jake, walked out on her, leaving his 6-year-old son and even his own mother behind. After Francesca divorced him she struggled to run the vineyard and winery successfully by herself. Things are going fairly well until Mitchell Gillette shows up, a corporate operative sent to put Francesca out of business--a man her mother-in-law then proceeds to fall in love with! To make matters worse, Francesca's ex-husband reappears, wanting to come home. The bonds of love and loyalty are sorely tested as two generations are forced to look at the mistakes they've made, the dreams they still hold, and the possibility that love might deserve a second chance. As the American Library Association writes, "Baker's sweet romance will appeal to young and old alike."
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About the Author
Jeanette Baker is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, including Chesapeake Tide, Chesapeake Summer, This Irish House, The Delaney Woman and The Lavender Field. Jeanette graduated from the University of California at Irvine and holds a Masters Degree in Education. She is the Rita award-winning author of NELL.
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A Delicate Finish based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I'm an avid reader and a published author, and I must say, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Jeanette Baker tells a wonderful story, and I can only imagine how much research she had to do on the production and process of wines. Excellent novel.
Two years ago Francesca DeAngelo Harris returned home with carry out food for her husband, Jake, to find him carrying out his luggage. Jake left Francie without a word of explanation, leaving her with a 1200 acre, hundred year old vineyard and their six-year-old son, Nicholas. Fortunately, her mother-in-law (Julianne) ran a catering business out of the home. With Julianne's help, Francie managed very nicely on her own...until now. ...................................... Grape Growers Incorporated 'GGI' is determined to mass-produce wine in the valley, putting all the small, independent vintners out of business. Mitchell Gillette is transferred from San Francisco to make it happen. His twin children, fifteen-year-olds Sarah and Drew, must move from the city to the valley with him. Mitch had divorced their mother long ago and the kids had lived with her. However, their mother died very recently. He does not really know his children and they are all up-tight. Sarah and Drew are handling all the sudden life changes differently. Sarah is trying her best to fit in and adapt. Drew is falling in with a bad crowd. ........................................ Francesca comes home after a hard day of work to find her ex-husband, Jake, sitting at the table. Jake swears he is reformed and wants back into her life. That is a shock in itself. But shortly thereafter, Francie finds Mitch, the corporate enemy of the entire valley, at the table. Even worse, Julianne is falling in love with Mitch. Life is full of surprises. .................................................................... ...................... ***** Many good novels have been written dealing with one rocky relationship and also involving major businesses. However, THIS book deals with twice as much. This story revolves around two main 'romance' relationships, as well as, around the problems that single parents with rebellious teens must endure. Under it all is the community's winery troubles. It all sounds like a lot to cram into a single novel, however, the author has managed to pull it off. The story flows smoothly. You will never find yourself confused either. Author Jeanette Baker has created a marvelous and realistic modern day tale that readers will long remember! *****
Two years ago Jake Harris walked out on his wife Francesca, their young son Nick, and his family¿s Santa Ynez vineyards. Francesca reverted back to her maiden name of D¿Angelo, rolled up her sleeves, and with the help of her mother-in-law Juliana tried to keep the vineyard alive with increase pressure from conglomerate giant GGI to sell while also raising her son................... Now Jake returns and wants his wife back, but refuses to explain why he left or where he has been. At the same time, GGI agent Mitchell Gillette wants Francesca, but youthful Juliana desires him. While Nick and Juliana welcome Jake back as if nothing happened, Francesca wants nothing to do with him, but Mitch does not feel like the man for her either.................... This is an interesting contemporary fiction starring likable realistic protagonists. The story line centers on relationships at a struggling vineyard trying to stay independent when the large conglomerates are like Pac-Man gobbling up everything. Francesca makes the tale work because though she loves her returning spouse and feels an attraction to Mitch, she keeps both in perspective as the former deserted her son and the latter represents the evil empire. Fans will appreciate this fine wine country tale though the ending seems too easy................. Harriet Klausner