Review: The Vineyard by Karen Aldous

wpid-wp-1400490405016.jpegThe Vineyard by Karen Aldous

It’s been five years, and Lizzie Lambert has decided it’s time to try to make things right with her estranged mother. She’s made a success of things in Cannes, she’s bringing up a lovely little boy on her own, and she’s ready to put the past behind her.

But it seems Lizzie’s mother has moved on as well. She’s moved her toyboy – a muscle-bound vintner named Cal – into the family home, and given him the run of the land that was meant to be Lizzie’s inheritance!

Cal’s wine business frequently takes him to France, and suddenly wherever Lizzie goes, he’s already there – meddling, giving unsolicited advice, saving her little boy’s life and stealing her heart. But none of this changes the fact that he’s her mother’s lover…

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Lizzie returns home after disappearing many years before. She is a bit put out to see how life has moved on without her. She returns home to France and we slowly find out the reasons for her estrangement with her mother.

Mistakenly, she believes that Cal is her mother’s lover, but yet she cannot help being attracted to him. When he turns up in France there are definitely some sparks.

Serious health problems bring her back to her mother’s side and it is a chance to heal the family rift. With Cal’s support, there is a real chance to be a family again.

At first I thought Lizzie was a bit spoilt and selfish- but as her story continues; Lizzie really evolves into a strong character. There are plenty of raw emotions and many heart warming moments as well as gorgeous settings.

Not since Peter Mayle has anyone captured the essence of Provence and Karen Aldous does it vividly. Settle back with a glass of wine and experience the Vineyard for yourself.

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