Vintner's Daughter: A Novel

Vintner's Daughter: A Novel

by Kristen Harnisch

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Vintner's Daughter: A Novel by Kristen Harnisch

Loire Valley, 1895. When seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault's father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their vineyard to a rival family whose eldest son marries Sara's sister, Lydia. But a violent tragedy compels Sara and her sister to flee to New York, forcing Sara to put aside her dream to follow in her father's footsteps as a master winemaker.

Meanwhile, Philippe Lemieux has arrived in California with the ambition of owning the largest vineyard in Napa by 1900. When he receives word of his brother's death in France, he resolves to bring the killer to justice. Sara has travelled to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Philippe in a Napa vineyard, they are instantly drawn to one another, but Sara knows he is the one man who could return her family's vineyard to her, or send her straight to the guillotine.

This riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, and redemption, Kristen Harnisch’s debut novel immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of late nineteenth-century America and a spirited heroine’s fight to determine her destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529290
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Sales rank: 471,588
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, her debut novel. The Vintner's Daughter is the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Ms. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University, and currently resides in Connecticut. Visit her online at www.kristenharnisch.com or follow her on Twitter @KristenHarnisch.

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“A lovely novel with sparkling dialogue, intricate plot and great characters. This tale of a young girl determined to hold onto to her beloved father’s vineyard in the Loire Valley will invoke inevitable comparisons to Gone with the Wind. Sara is a girl with grit and determination, and seizes what she wants from life with both hands, evolving over the course of the novel from an impetuous, headstrong girl to a mature woman. A pleasure.”
—Roberta Rich, author of The Harem Midwife and The Midwife of Venice

“The Vintner’s Daughter is as compelling and complex as its 19th century heroine, Sara Thibault, taking us on an unforgettable journey from France to California’s Napa Valley where providence rules and passions collide. Kristen Harnisch skillfully weaves the history of the wine industry into a visceral and haunting love story—to be read with a favorite glass of wine.”

-Holly Lynn Payne, author of The Virgin’s Knot and Damascena

“An accomplished debut novel about passion and betrayal, loss and redemption, The Vintner’s Daughter takes you on a journey through vineyard-filled valleys on two continents, in language so evocative that after I turned the last page, I expected to look up and see the Loire.”
—Janie Chang, author of Three Souls

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The Vintner's Daughter 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Jacquie7 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books, I have ever read.  I can't wait for the next book!  It is very rich in the history of wine in the Napa valley.  I had a hard time putting the book down the story just keeps moving.  I am going to buy a few of these book for Christmas presents.  This book needs to be read!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There really isn*the any more to say other than you have to read this book. Outstanding.....GET IT.... Now on too read book two.CALIFORNIA WIFE.
Sara_Goff More than 1 year ago
The Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch is a beautifully written story that comes full circle with a most satisfying and unpredictable ending. The story pulls you into the life and culture of the French wine country, New York City, and Napa Valley at the end of the 19th Century. Harnisch's characters are memorable and deep in emotion and personality, her settings are vibrant and full of life, and her knowledge of wine making woven throughout the story was my favorite part! Sara Thibault's coming of age, from a vintner's daughter to a true vintner herself, through trial after trial, kept me turning pages, fully engrossed in the story. I recommend this book for women who read romance and historical novels, anything on women's suffrage in the U.S., and certainly for men and women who enjoy wine tasting!
Mirella More than 1 year ago
The Vintner’s Daughter is a lush family saga set in France and America's Napa Valley grape growing regions. The era is the late 1800's where a young woman, Sara Thibault, is passionate about her family's vineyards, and spends her days learning her craft in the hopes of increasing her family's reputation as exceptional vintners. When her father tragically dies, the family faces a tenuous future. Sara is determined to do what it takes to keep her father's dream alive. Her mother, however, sells the vineyards to a rival and their eldest son, Bastien, marries Sara's older sister, Lydia. His murder sends both sister fleeing France for America where Sara is determined to build a new life in the Napa Valley. Fate brings her into the direct path of Bastien's younger brother, Philippe, and she fights hard to keep her past from being exposed to him. I found myself fascinated with the story and the characters, eager to return to my book each night to see what Sara would face next. The book moves along at a steady pace, interspersed with details about the grape growing and wine-making business along the way. For a debut novel, the author has done a wonderful job. I am currently reading the sequel, The California Wife, which is a continuation of this compelling family saga. The Vintner’s Daughter is a very good book and highly recommended! Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Danielle Urban for Readers' Favorite The Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch is by far the best historical romance novel that I have read in a while. It centers on a young woman growing up on a farm, whose family sells white wine until the fatal death of her father. Soon life on their farm becomes worse when Sara Thibault's mother chooses to sell the farm to the eldest son of a rival family who marries her eldest daughter. But then violence causes both Sara and her sister to flee their only home. Sara goes about making her life in the world of wine and it is there that everything once more changes. Will fate allow Sara that chance to have her home once more or will it be the death of her? The Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch will completely sweep readers off their feet and deep into a historical romance of winemaking. This brilliant piece has everything readers will want in a novel. Danger, suspense, and romance are all wrapped up in a perfect story. A story that leave readers in awe as two young people make their way in the world of winemaking, a fast-paced and exciting world where the main character breaks out of the norm of her time period. Women were to stay in the kitchen, not work in the fields on the farm with the men. The words pop off the pages, making you feel that you are really there. Excellent piece! I loved reading this novel. The author has done wonders in creating such a rich and engaging world that is memorable. I highly recommend this to readers everywhere and rate it a five out of five stars. I look forward to reading more novels by Kristen Harnisch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read! The perfect combination of historical detail, romance and well-developed characters that brings you into the turn f the century world, compelling you to read through to the end, and hoping for the sequel! I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Vintner's Daughter is a compelling page-turner by Kristin Harnisch.  The spirited heroine is a very likable young woman who overcomes  tragedy and betrayal and goes on to make a new successful life in the New World of California's Napa Valley.  I enjoyed reading about the  winemaking process in France and California at the turn of the century.  I very much look forward  to the next book in the series about the Vintner's Daughter.    
LeeshaF More than 1 year ago
An excellent novel whose characters are still in my head even days after I read it. The main character is likable and by the end becomes beloved for all she goes through-and her passion for family and her calling to be a Vintner keeps her alive in my head. If you are at all wavering, pick it to read-it will not disappoint you!
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 The Vintner's Daughter is Kristen Harnisch's debut novel. The beautiful cover and a blurb by one of my favourite historical authors, Roberta Rich, convinced me to pick up the book. Seventeen year old Sara Thibault's father is a vintner in the Loire Valley, France in 1895. With no sons, he has passed on his knowledge to Sara, who hopes to continue the family legacy. But when her father dies, and her sister marries badly, Sara's vision of the future quickly changes. The sisters run to America where Sara eventually wends her way to the Napa Valley wineries. Historical fiction fans are going to enjoy this one. Harnish has chosen a different and quite interesting platform for her novel. The descriptions of wine making techniques were all new to me. The vineyard settings and methods were richly drawn and well researched. Part of the novel takes place in New York City and this setting is also well portrayed. This is a time period and place I enjoy, so the US setting was my favourite. Harnisch touches on social issues of the time as well - the Suffragette movement and Prohibition. But at it's heart, The Vintner's Daughter is a character driven novel. Sara is a protagonist that the reader can't help but root for. She's facing insurmountable odds, but her loyalty, drive and feisty spirit carry her forward. Oh, and did I mention the romantic elements? Uh huh. In addition to the dastardly brother in law, there's another brother who is the opposite side of the coin. And he just happens to be a vintner.... Harnisch has taken a familiar story of family loyalty, loss, love and redemption and given it her own stamp with the wine element. Fans of historical romantic fiction will enjoy The Vintner's Daughter - best enjoyed with a glass of wine