Tressa Harlowe isn’t expecting her summons home to be filled with the grief of the news of her father’s death. And now she has a chateau full of people who want her father’s hidden fortune and others from the village looking for payment toward her father’s debts. Among the newcomers at the chateau is the blunt, chivalrous and mysterious vineyard manager, which her father hired just before his death. All Tressa really wants is her father back and the closeness of a father’s love.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the quote at the beginning of each chapter from the notebook of a viticulturist and the way these quotes foreshadowed and/or paralleled the chapter contents. Tressa was a complex and loving heroine. And as she dealt with the problems of keeping her father’s failing vineyard afloat, she finds strength she didn’t know existed within her. These difficulties propel Tressa to see her relationship to God with a new perspective. Woven throughout the plot is Tressa’s spiritual maturing as she comes to see God as the constant and enduring vine she must cling to. This story was full of mystery and a wonderful cast of diverse and needy characters. There were many underlining agendas among the characters, creating interesting twists and turns in the story. Written in first person for the majority of the narrative, the reader follows Tressa’s point of view on the plot, which sometimes doesn’t reveal the true picture of events until the end when the entire truth is uncovered. The other portion of the story is written from Donegan’s point of view, the vineyard manager’s, which balances nicely against Tressa’a frame of reference.
I would highly recommend reading this historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.