After the sudden death of her Italian winemaker husband, Meryl Michelli flees to her small hometown in Pennsylvania, looking to slam the door on heartache and trudge forward. But it's never that simple, especially when old family ties have been strained by years of geographic and emotional distance. A chance encounter with a childhood friend brings back a betrayal she could never put to rest, and readjusting to life in the States in upper mid-life wears her thin in ways she never could have imagined. But it's only when she completely falls apart that Meryl comes to understand that the key to the future lies in understanding the meaning of the past.
True Vines traverses the lush, manicured rows of northern Italy's majestic wine country and the winding path of Pennsylvania's Delaware River as Meryl seeks to reconcile her past and her present. Saying goodbye to one existence allows Meryl to swing the door open to another as she weaves a new, uniquely beautiful tapestry that transports her to exactly the place in this short, sacred life she is meant to be.
|Publisher:||Gemelli Press LLC|
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About the Author
In 2003, Diana and her husband sold everything and bought an abandoned Moscato farm in Acqui Terme, Piemonte, Italy, transforming the derelict property into an elegant, top rated bed and breakfast, attracting people from all over the globe to this relatively undiscovered corner of the bel paese. She used her day journals as the basis of her first blog, and now has two books: Your Truth - Changing the Path Back To Yourself, a self-published ebook about embracing risk and life change as a motor for personal growth.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Italy and all things Italian. So, when I learned about Diana Strinati Baur's debut novel, it was an automatic must-read. I was looking forward to another Italy-fix along the lines of the famous books by Frances Mayes & Elizabeth Gilbert. What I wasn't prepared for was the beautifully and lyrically written ode to the power of place and second chances. As enjoyable & entertaining as Under the Tuscan Sun & Eat, Pray, Love are, they do not compare to the depth of soul that is True Vines.
I rarely read contemporary novels, but this particular novel grabbed my interest because it had an Italian setting and it had so many 5 star reviews. And now that I've read the novel, I have to say that it is one of the best novels I've read and enjoyed this year. The story begins as the main character, Meryl, returns to the USA after the death of her husband and after having lived in Italy for more than a decade. Page by page, like peeling the skin off a delicate onion, the author reveals Meryl's tale with a deep introspection and very lush descriptive details. The writing is so perfect and complete, that it actually feels as if you are living with the character and have become a part of her life. I could not help but suffer over her failures and triumph over her victories. I especially enjoyed the way the heroine gained insight and wisdom as she lived her life. And very few books succeed in doing all this. The author's ability to relay a good yarn with a highly satisfying ending that leaves no questions unanswered is nothing short of magnificent. I can only say this that is truly an amazing book - one of my all time favorites. I cannot recommend it enough. Go get it. Get it now. And start reading. You won't be disappointed.
This is the second book I read this year that grabbed my attention and wouldn't let me go. I could not put this book down or the tissues I needed so I could see to read. The main theme running through the book is the family dynamics and how do you get what you need. Meryl was on the outs with her family for not doing the "right things". Then she gets swept off her feet and moves to Italy to get married. They did the best they could through their love but there were a lot of lows. This book was one huge emotional ride and I shared every high and low with each character. This book should be in all the Top Ten lists. Thank you Diana for a wonderful story. Don't miss this read!
Diana Stinati Baur, brings alive her chacters in a way that they become so familiar, you feel for them. Her beautiful descriptions of Pennsylvania, New York and Italy, brings the areas alive and leave you feeling like you are walking through the areas, yourself? The story keeps you hooked from the first page, I didn't want it to end but loved it to the last word!