Will the rare love that comes once in a lifetime win her over? Crush: A Tale of Two Vineyards is a compelling and enchanting novel set among vineyards in Southern France and Central California.
Spending summers at her grandparents’ vineyard, Clos de l’Harmonie, Olivia found her passion for winemaking. Olivia accepts an invitation from a Frenchman to complete her master’s degree project at his family’s fifth generation vineyard in France.
She and the French winemaker have an instant attraction. With her project complete, she struggles with the desire to stay in France and the knowledge she is neglecting her grandparents’ vineyard. Called back to California by an unforeseen turn of events, Olivia focuses on getting Clos de l’Harmonie certified as a biodynamic vineyard. Her dream is to make authentic natural wine that captures the landscape and its essence in a bottle.
As she wrestles with her long-distance love interest, the challenges of reviving a rundown vineyard, and trouble with the landowner next door, Olivia finds strength in the human spirit and the need to prove herself in a sea of doubters.
A feast for the senses, Crush captures the complex and enduring bonds of family and love amidst the dramas and joys of winemaking. The magic and mysteries of biodynamic farming come to life along with the colorful cast of characters in both France and California.
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About the Author
Joye Emmens lives and writes in Ventura, California after a successful career in environmental health and biotechnology.