Allie Ledbetter is outstanding in her field. Well, sort of. After all, she stands in a lot of fields as she releases her peregrine falcon to help fend off huge flocks of starlings from decimating grape yields at vineyards that hire her. And she and her falcon just landed a dream job: working at a vineyard in Tuscany keeping birds from having a feast with the grapes.
Francesco Romeo is sick to death of things that eat his crop. As the brother tasked with eradicating these pesky marauders at the top producer of premier wines in the Chianti region of Tuscany, Francesco is enraged when he learns the vineyard next door has hired a falconer to scare away swarming flocks of starlings, and now the birds are instead happily feasting on the Romeo family's predator-free grapes, and Francesco has to go toe-to-toe with the feisty falconer, who just happens to be a woman he's already gone mouth-to-mouth with.
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Jenny Gardiner is the author of the novel Sleeping with Ward Cleaver. Her writing has appeared in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR's Day to Day, and she has a column of humorous slice-of-life essays that runs in the Charlottesville, VA Daily Progress. Jenny lives in central Virginia with her husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, and, of course, a gregarious parrot.