Bluestone & Vine

Bluestone & Vine

by Donna Kauffman

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Bluestone & Vine by Donna Kauffman

“Kauffman's characters are adorably human and so very magnetic.”
—USAToday.com
 
Pippa MacMillan is a legend on the Irish folk music scene. But when her voice requires a time-out, she’s left wondering how—and where—to find happiness in the silence . . .
 
Seeking answers, Pippa leaves Ireland in favor of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Turns out lovely Blue Hollow Falls is the perfect place to heal—and solitary Seth Brogan is the surprisingly perfect host. After all, Seth is beginning again too: turning his renovated stone barn and beautiful hillside into a vineyard is the start of a whole new life for the former Special Forces soldier. Only Mother Nature keeps thwarting both their plans, leaving Pippa snowbound with unsettling thoughts about how life can take unexpected turns . . .
 
To Pippa’s surprise, she might actually fall for small-town living. She might even fall for Seth, whose quiet strength is a balm for her world-weary soul. But when the music starts once more, will she follow her fortune back to Ireland, or surrender to the call of her heart?
 
Praise for Donna Kauffman
 
“Charming characters, emotion galore, a small town—you’re going to love Donna Kauffman!” —Lori Foster
 
 “We all know where there's Donna Kauffman, there's a rollicking, sexy read chock‑full of charm and sparkle.” —USAToday.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420145472
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Blue Hollow Falls Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 76,389
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donna Kauffman is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 70 novels, translated and sold in more than 26 countries around the world. She is the recipient of multiple RT Book Awards, a RITA® finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award-winner, and a PRISM Award-winner. Born into the maelstrom of Washington, D.C.’s politics, she now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia surrounded by a completely different kind of wildlife. A contributing blogger for USAToday.com, she is also a DIYer, a baker, a gardener, and a volunteer transporter for the Wildlife Center of Virginia and Rockfish Sanctuary. Please visit her online at www.DonnaKauffman.com.

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Bluestone & Vine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
She's done it again! Oh man, Donna Kauffman is on a roll, people! Take note. First, this book grabbed my attention because it's about the rough yet flirty Seth. He's the one we had dreams about when he popped up in the previous Blue Hollow Falls book. Seth has this effortless charm and when Pippa comes along it draws her in just like it did me! She is looking for a quiet place to heal her voice and work on overcoming the fear of performing. Seth might not have known it upon first meeting, but he was looking for someone to do more than flirt with-- and he gets it. Pippa satisfies him, if you know what I mean. Even more, she brings peace to the community. At first I kind of thought she was being too pushy, but I realized that through building this relationship with such a small community she was pushing herself through the fear. I really liked the vulnerability of both Pippa and Seth in that respect. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, then stop reading my review and go read the book!!! I'm not spoiling a thing! It's too good not to read for yourself.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What an awesome book! An absolutely must read. Love and family, just read it!
sbart84 8 months ago
Loved this book. I so enjoyed going back to the small town of, Blue Hollow Falls. Seth has bought a run down vineyard that he is hoping to get up and running. He leads a solitary life, but when his sister volunteers his home for a swap with a friend. Pippa, a Irish folk singer shows up on his doorstep, things will soon change and their lives will not be the same. They soon realize that they both need each other to heal from the past. With the descriptive writing you will feel like you are in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I so want to visit. Love this little town, such a sense of community. Loved the small build of romance between Pippa and Seth. I highly recommend this for your summer reading.
Bukgoddess 9 months ago
4.5 stars!!!!! Blue Hollow Falls a small village nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia has become a safe haven for many of its inhabitants both old and new. Seth Brogan is himself one who can boast that he has found Blue Hollow Falls his home peace and tranquility he finds soothing. Coming from a large family, raised in Seattle a whole coast away, after serving his time for his country; the huge hulk of a man has decide he wants to try his hand a growing grapes and bottling his own wine. His family has decided to take it in stride including his youngest sister who with a strategy of the lawyer she is; has an ulterior motive for some rest and relaxation of her own! Only Seth is unaware how the time his sister plans to be away in their homeland of Ireland will affect him as well. An arrangement to swap homes brings a famous stranger to his door; or snowbank as the case may be. As it turns out, tiny Pippa MacMillan a folks-singer known the world over, is in need of some recuperation of her own to come to terms with the life altering event she has spent the last year dealing with. Pippa is hopeful the quiet little village will be just the prescription she needs to to make the hard decisions her public is waiting for. The inconspicuous winery up in the hills and the very handsome giant of a vintner who lives there may just prove to be more than Pippa can handle!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Interesting characters and story.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A lovely story. Full of emotion and joy.
brookeblogs 10 months ago
Oh, I was so looking forward to Seth's book...and Bluestone & Vine was picture-perfect right from the start. With off-the-charts chemistry, a couple you can't help but root for, and a super sweet, sexy romance, Bluestone & Vine has everything I want in a love story. I absolutely loved every bit of this story and did not want to put it down. There were so many wonderful emotions. The author wrote an amazing story with the right amount of conflict and angst to have you devouring it in a day. And the setting of Blue Hollow Falls just warms my heart.
EileenAW 10 months ago
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Bluestone & Vine by Donna Kaufman, the second book in her Blue Hollow Falls series and I really struggled to put it down. This is a story of two loss souls who are starting over again, hoping they are on the right path toward their futures. A former Special Forces soldier, Seth works on his renovated stone barn and beautiful hillside into a vineyard. Pippa MacMillan, a super star on the Irish folk music scene, voice requires a time-out, leaving her wondering how and where she can find happiness in the silence. As she looks for answers, Pippa leaves Ireland in a house swap with Seth’s sister, ending up in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The lovely Blue Hollow Falls is the perfect place to heal and the solitary Seth is the perfect host. Small-town living in Virginia is not much different than that of Ireland and Pippa does feel at home among the residents of Blue Hollow Falls. As Seth and Pippa spend time together, they are surprised by their feelings as they begin to fall for each other. The only problem is when Pippa starts hearing the music once again, will she return to Ireland, or surrender to the call of her heart? Seth is my new book boyfriend and I wish I was as talented as Pippa in creating the music she hears in her head. These two quiet souls were the perfect match despite their size difference; Seth was 6’6”, think Viking Thor, while Pippa was barely 5’2”, an Irish fairy. These two are good people, caring for those around them and supportive of the town and its residents. I enjoyed revisiting the characters from earlier stories and especially loved the name of Seth’s wine, Bluestone and Vine Llamarama Label, with a picture of his llama as part of the label. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers. It was difficult for me to put this book down. Ms. Kaufman is a wonderful story teller drawing me into her books, making me forget the world around me. I could visualize beauty of this place through her descriptive words. I highly recommend this book to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Terri_C 10 months ago
Ms. Kauffman was able to transport me to the beautiful mountain area of Blue Hollow Falls with the gorgeous painting of it with her words. Her love of the mountains shines through her work and makes the reader hungry to experience them for themselves. Kauffman is able to paint her romances with words in much the same way. She makes the reader yearn for just such a romance! The romance of Pippa, an Irish folk singer who's trying to heal her voice, and the hunk on the mountain who is trying to establish his own vineyard isn't an instantaneous happening. Pippa and Seth have a lot in their way and Kauffman makes them work for it. But boy is it worth the work! I loved their romance! I loved Pippa's petite size matched with the brawn of Seth. It was so adorable that he tried to resist falling in love with someone who was obviously so irresistible. Oh, how the mighty do fall! The secondary characters are as compelling as the main characters and I'm hoping one emotionally hurting guy (Will) shows up in his own book somewhere down the road. The animals in the book were a delightful extra! The cast of characters in the Blue Hollow Falls series are people I would definitely like to know and can't wait to read about again! Loved it!
ShellyE 10 months ago
Love that Seth Brogan!! **I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** Another great story in the Blue Hollow Falls series by Donna Kauffman. She creates characters that everyone can relate to, that you can feel for, or would love to know personally. The sexual tension between the H/h is always H-O-T. The secondary characters are just that – characters. You wind up hoping that they will make appearances in upcoming books – or maybe even get their own story. If you liked any of the other series written by Ms Kauffman, you’ll love this installment of her Blue Hollow Falls series, and you’ll get to catch up with some of the characters from the earlier books.
gromine49 10 months ago
Such a beautiful and heartwarming story for the second book in the series of Blue Hollow Falls. I started it at the beginning of a weekend and I could not put it down. The characters just come to life and the reader is left wanting more. Fabulous story.
gdsnv 10 months ago
I took a day to try to put my feelings for BlueStone & Vine into words for this review to try to convey how strongly I feel about it. First, know that this story is AMAZING – I needed to tell you that up front. After that, words truly fail me. We met Seth, our hero, in book one as he was a sort of wingman to Sawyer. I fell in love with Blue Hollow Falls with that first book, loved the novella that came after, but B&V made me want to call a realtor to find this truly magical place. Seth is such an integral part of this new mountain ‘family’ and is someone you want to be in your corner because he will be there, no matter what. Annnnnnnnd picturing him as a hunk doesn’t hurt! And then we meet Pippa. Read the story to enjoy their ‘meet-cute’ as it is much fun. Simplistically, Pippa is a well -known Irish folk singer recovering from surgery. She is a ‘wee’ thing, strong, beautiful. There is so much more to her character and story but I can’t even begin to describe. You must read it. The story is…bigger… at least for me, and I kept reading until I finished. It made me laugh, it made me crazy, it made me smile, and it made me cry. I thought that Blue Hollow Falls was my favorite book, until I read this one. Seth is sometimes SUCH a boy and Pippa slips into herself often but their road to a relationship is special – it felt real, if that makes sense. All the other characters on the mountain are special as well. Sawyer’s and Seth’s friendship is great, especially when Sawyer gets to laugh and say I told you so as he watches Seth fall for Pippa. Mabry is just adorable and probably a conscience for the group of friends and neighbors. Of course, he is also a cranky old guy with much love to share. And Bailey. As it is for all the characters, it’s tough to remember she is only ten. And Jake/Jacob…a young man on the cusp of adulthood, and a great friend to Bailey. And let’s not forget Dex… Loved this book, can’t really find the words to describe how I felt like a part of the community. Seth’s and Pippa’s story is special – loving from start to finish. I highly recommend BlueStone & Vine.
Bette313 10 months ago
Loved this book! It was so wonderful to go back to the magical town of Blue Hollow Falls. A place where people care for each other and neighbors look out for each one another. Seth Brogan needed this place and this vineyard when he left the special forces. Now the town needs him just as much since he's become such an important part of the community. He's surprised to find out that his sister has agreed to a house swap with a woman from Ireland. Even more surprised to find out the house she swapped was his! So now he has a house guest he never expected and isn't sure how to handle or what to think of. Pippa MacMillan is an Irish folksinger that has lost her voice. Physically she has healed but her mind won't let her relax and enjoy singing again. Could Seth possibly be her calm? This is one for the must read list. I highly recommend it.
PrincessThuy1 10 months ago
Wow! What a sweet and emotional story. Loved the development of Seth's and Pippa's relationship. The chemistry was there from the beginning but they tried to deny it and decided to focus on their camaraderie. It was really sweet how comfortable they were with one another from the start. They were just so cute together. This story really had me feeling all the feels. Loved it so much.
Jilleey 10 months ago
Is it possible to come home to a place that was never actually your home? A place where belonging and family transcends all traditional meaning. If so, that place is Blue Hollow Falls and Bluestone & Vine for Pippa MacMillan. In a plot similar to one of my favorite holiday movies, The Holiday, Pippa swaps houses with Seth Brogan’s sister and finds herself in the mountains for some peace and downtime. Seth’s winery and his menagerie of animals are a perfect fit for what Pippa is looking for, even if she doesn’t know it right away. I’ve said it time and time again, Donna Kauffman creates places where you can get lost and dream right along with her characters. Bluestone & Vine made me want to runaway to the mountains to start my own winery or find my own mountain man, like Seth. This story will make you laugh, smile, tear up, and possibly cause you to hum a little tune to yourself.
TarynLee 10 months ago
Unbeknownst to Seth his sister has agreed to do a house swap with her best friends sister. She wants to go abroad for some much needed alone time so she can study for the bar and her friends sister, a famous singer, needs to get away and think about her career. You see Pippa had to have throat surgery and even though things have heeled she is a bit scared of singing, she can't get the fear of her vocal cords rupturing again out of her head. Seth isn't happy with his sister when he learns of the swap and decides that he will just have to come up with an alternative plan for his new house guest. When they meet there is instant attraction and neither knows just now to deal with it. Seth likes being alone, he has been working hard on getting the vineyard he owns running, and he's not ready to change the status quo. Follow along as these two skirt around each other and fall in love even though the do their best not to let that happen. This was such a touching and heartfelt read, I laughed at Pippa's antics, cried when things happened that I didn't expect and fell in love with the romance that happened along the way. Who wouldn't fall in love with a story like theirs?
tsmb02 10 months ago
Pippa MacMillan is famous Irish folk singer but because of a recent vocal surgery, she has not performed for over a year. Wanting to get away from everything and hide out in a place where no one knows her, Pippa agrees to her sister Katie's plan where she goes to the US, while Katie's old college roommate, Moira "Mouse" Brogan comes and stays at Pippa's place in Ireland. Now, Moira just needs to let her big brother, Seth know that he is going to have a guest at his vineyard in Blue Hollow Falls, Virginia for a few months. Seth Brogan left the military and is trying start a new life for himself, away from his crazy Irish family, in Virginia. He bought an old vineyard with the hopes of turning it into a profitable income. Seth is excited to hear from his little sister Mouse, except when she suddenly informs him that he will be having a guest for few months, oh, and guess what....she just showed up....literally crashing into his life! Seth reluctantly agrees to this arrangement. Pippa is so full of life, while Seth is much more quiet and reserved. As these two try to manage being together, along with the fun way of life in Blue Hollow Falls, things start to heat up. It takes a huge leap of faith for Seth and Pippa who are from two different countries to let down their guard and just be happy. I just adored the road they had to travel to get to their happy ending. Donna Kauffman writes such wonderfully, strong characters and takes them on a journey that will make you laugh, swoon and cry. I did not want the book to end as I was reading it because it was that good! Awesome job! Highly recommend!
CathyGeha 10 months ago
BlueStone & Vine by Donna Kauffman Blue Hollow Falls #2 If I could move to live in this community I believe I would. The people are wonderful with true friendships, sense of community and love of family. In this book Pippa and Seth meet, fight their attraction and then succumb. Seth with his vineyard and wine to make has a huge giving heart that gives as much to Pippa as she gives to him. She is afraid…and worried and is thrilled to find “music” again while by the falls and then later in other places as she stays. Pippa and Seth are perfect together…just perfect :) Mabry – and older gentleman – has such pithy wisdom to share with both Seth and Pippa and I was thrilled that they listened and took his advice. Will and his son Jake make an appearance and their story is so sad and yet filled with hope. I think that Will may need a romance of his own later in this series. I am also wondering if his son Jake and Bailey – both still young – might end up together in the distant future. Moira – Seth’s sister – calls home from Ireland with heartbreak experienced. I see that the next book in the series is going to be hers and I can hardly wait! There is also Hudson the cook and he could need a book, too…so many characters including a paper artist that might eventually end up there, too? Did I like this book? Definitely Will I read more in the series? Of course ;) Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing – Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
howel2ce 10 months ago
***I received an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley. Pippa MacMillan, an Irish folk singer, has had a difficult past year having undergone surgery to repair her ruptured vocal cords. Rumors are flying that she may not be able to sing again. Pippa’s more than a little worried herself. When her sister’s best friend from college proposes swapping houses, Pippa jumps at the chance to get away from it all. Pippa comes crashing, quite literally, into Seth Brogan’s quiet little life. Seth’s sister, Moira, has offered up his place for the house swap, which she fails to mention to him until the very last second. Seth just wants to focus on getting his vineyard up and running; he doesn’t have time to deal with someone else’s problems or to get involved with someone whose life is an ocean and continent away. Fate, and the fine citizens of Blue Hollow Falls, aren’t about to let Seth make the biggest mistake of his life by not pursuing Pippa. I really enjoyed reading the love story of Pippa and Seth. I wish Seth would have listened to his heart (and everyone else) a little sooner. There were smiles, laughter, and more than a few tears reading Bluestone and Vine. This book does standalone, although reading the first book and novella will help you to appreciate how the silk mill was renovated, to see more of Seth and Sawyer’s friendship, and to learn more about Blue Hollow Falls. I’m looking forward to the next installment in this series.
bouncyberthaCR 10 months ago
4.5 - "Come to Blue Hollow Falls and fall in love... Like I have." Stars! Returning to Blue Hollow Falls for the second book in the series; Bluestone & Vine finally gives us Seth Brogan’s story. It’s not often I take much notice when an author starts posting pictures of her inspiration for a certain character. Mainly because they never look like how I want to envision them in my head. But when Donna starting posting pictures of the yumminess above that is Lasse Matberg, I was happy to picture the bearded, hairy Viking type as Seth. I can’t say I am a huge fan of long hair on men normally, mainly because so few can carry it off well, but paired with that well thatched beard, and all of it groomed to perfection, I was more than on board on this occasion. "Who knew being a vintner was such a good workout." Seth has been a major secondary player in the series so far, the consummate good guy with a degree in flirting, has up ‘til now, kept romance out of the picture, but when Superstar Folk Singer; Pippa MacMillan looking for peace, quiet and time to recuperate from a year of stress and medical trauma, lands on his doorstep fresh from Ireland with very little warning after his sister arranges a house swap à la The Holiday he feels an instant connection with her. "This thing… whatever it is between us, at least for me, it’s just a lot. Maybe too much…" It doesn’t take long for sweet and quirky Pippa to work her way into the hearts of the Blue Hollow Falls community, and even less time to do the same with Seth, even if he does give it a pretty good try in regards to ignoring his growing feelings for her. "You’ve got a special place here. With some special people." But how do a commitment-shy Vintner from Virginia and a Folk Singer from Ireland who is working through her own personal issues, merge their lives in a way that will allow their passions for wine and song to flourish? With enough time spent together to allow their fledgling relationship and growing feelings for each other a chance to build and flourish as well… He’d always be strong for her, want to care for her, and she would always do the same for him. This was another strong instalment to the series. Again the author pulls in a number of secondary characters to give depth to the story, I can’t not mention Mabry, Seth’s elderly and perceptive neighbour, because he gave the right advice, and the perfect push to each of them when needed. "You Yanks are a sucker for a lass with an Irish accent." And the inclusion of widower Will McCall and his son Jack was the perfect introduction to them in regards to the next full length book of the series offering up their story; Lavender Blue due early 2019. Donna had me in tears with the epilogue when it came to this grieving father and I am expecting to have tissues at the ready for when I read his book. But we get to return first for Christmas this year with Donna’s novella; A Blue Hollow Falls Christmas being released later this year as part of Fern Michael’s A Season to Celebrate anthology, and I cannot wait! "Never underestimate the power of Blue Hollow Falls!"