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The Lost Vintage
The Lost Vintage: A Novel | Ann Mah
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Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her familys ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II. To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. Shes failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last chance. Suddenly finding herself without a job and with the test a few months away, she travels to Burgundy to spend the fall at the vineyard estate that has belonged to her family for generations. There she can bolster her shaky knowledge of Burgundian vintages and reconnect with her cousin Nico and his wife, Heather, who now oversee day-to-day management of the grapes. The one person Kate hopes to avoid is Jean-Luc, a talented young winemaker and her first love. At the vineyard house, Kate is eager to help her cousin clean out the enormous basement that is filled with generations of discarded and forgotten belongings. Deep inside the cellar, behind a large armoire, she discovers a hidden room containing a cot, some Resistance pamphlets, and an enormous cache of valuable wine. Piqued by the secret space, Kate begins to dig into her familys historya search that takes her back to the dark days of World War II and introduces her to a relative she never knew existed, a greathalf aunt who was a teenager during the Nazi occupation. As she learns more about her family, the line between resistance and collaboration blurs, driving Kate to find the answers to two crucial questions: Who, exactly, did her family aid during the difficult years of the war? And what happened to six valuable bottles of wine that seem to be missing from the cellars collection?
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CrowCAH
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Had #BookAndBottle #BookDiscussion at #MichiganByTheBottle; around 30 people and we had a range of topics to discuss!!!

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BookladyOnTheMove

Recommended by #bookriot The 7 Best Books to Inspire Your Next Vacation

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CrowCAH
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Pickpick

I met my #GoodReads reading challenge goal! 🎉

Happy New Year, Littens!

Let‘s make 2020 another year of great reads! 📚

suvata Good for you! 2mo
Butterfinger You too! 2mo
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CrowCAH @suvata thanks 😊 2mo
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CrowCAH
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Started this #audiobook today; it‘s for book club next month!

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this one! 2mo
CrowCAH @CoffeeNBooks so far, I‘m enjoying it. I like the history and the family mystery. Makes me want to drink wine 🍷, which is a little difficult at work, where I‘m listening to the book. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @CrowCAH Lol! I read a few books about wine after I read this one! 2mo
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A woman returns to the family vineyard in France while she studies for her Master of Wine certification and uncovers long held family secrets as well as some amazing wine history. Two of he three plot lines are quite compelling and while the third fades in and out, the book over all was a good read. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/08/review-lost-vintage-by-ann-mah.html

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A riveting historical fiction book that made me learn new things about the WW2 era while also entertaining me. The epistolary 1940‘s storyline was intense and emotional. The present-day storyline had some mystery as Kate, with family and friends, worked to learn more info about a just-found secret stash of rare wine in the basement and a journal written by a previously-unknown aunt. I could taste and smell all of the French cuisine!! So fantastic.

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margreads
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I got a bit of a surprise when i started listening to the audio version of this book. It's got the same narrator as The Alice Network which i only finished recently
#currentlisten #audio

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Margot0817
Panpan

I gotta be honest, I only finished this book because at the time I was in a book club with a friend and she picked this book. I thought it was boring and left out details that were needed and highlighted things that weren't a big deal. I don't want to tell you not to read it because my friend thought it was good but for me it was just "Eh, alright."

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What‘s not to like about wine, a family vineyard in France, World War II secrets, and a woman who discovers her true self...absolutely absorbing tale! A page turner...you can‘t stop reading..gotta find out the secret...keep you up till wee hours...holy moly it‘s time get up for work...but I wanna know... that kind of book! Loved the story within a story concept. Highly recommend especially as a travel read!
4 out of 5 stars!

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readinginthedark
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Started reading this one some time back with my mom and sister, but I had trouble getting into it for some reason. Trying again on audio this time while I do a little housework. 2 1/2 hours!
#24B4Monday #audiocleaning
@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 A good start. 😊👍 (edited) 12mo
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Sharpeipup
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A book is the best in-flight entertainment.
#planereads ✈️

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book!! 1y
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“I had spent enough time in France to know that the words ‘chez moi‘ meant something a thousand times more profound than one‘s current home. ‘Chez moi‘ was the place your parents came from, or maybe even the region of your parents‘ parents. The food you ate at Christmas, your favorite kind of cheese, your best childhood memories of summer vacation- all of these derived from ‘chez moi.‘”

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ReadingMeagan
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I really enjoyed this book. My grandmother grew up in France during the war and I couldn‘t help but think that life was probably incredibly hard for everyone but especially children. I also found myself saying random words and phrases in French to my baby nephew this week. A great read.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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This. Book. Is. Amazing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The characters. The story. The way she connects history with current time. The wine. I can't say enough about it. Read this. But give yourself time to get lost in it and not come out until you've read the last word.

CoverToCoverGirl Adding! 😊 1y
SheReadsAndWrites It's so good! @CoverToCoverGirl I cried 😢 1y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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What do you mean I can't read all morning? 🐶❤️🤓

JennyM Gawwww 🐶 1y
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CoffeeNBooks
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I like wine and drink wine, but thanks to The Lost Vintage, I now want to thoroughly understand wine. 🍷

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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

I finished this today, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's part historical fiction about WWII and part quest to find out the truth about her ancestors, with just a little romance mixed in. It was a great read, and it made me want to learn more about wine, so I now have 3 wine books on hold at the library. 🍷

tammysue Yay!! This is one of my favorites this year - So glad you enjoyed it!! 1y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Saturday morning coffee and books! ☕: I can taste the maple, not so much the bacon, but still a good cup of coffee.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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I'm wearing slippers today. This is a big deal, people. I LOVE cold weather and I live where it can be over 100 degrees in the summer. After days of working my butt off on school, I am curled up with my dogs under a blanket, slippers on my feet and I am READING all day. No one can stop me. 🤓 #bookday #lovethefall #lovethecold #Readingforever

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julia-gulia
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This is the book if you LOVE wine and history.. I loved this book. I loved the history of the wine vintage...of you love mystery, good glass of vino and history, READ THIS BOOK

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SheReadsAndWrites
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I've been in a reading rut. This is helping me get out of it. So good!!! #readingagain #greatread

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Only about a chapter in so far, but really enjoying it...

MellieAntoinette Can‘t wait to read this one! 1y
CoffeeNBooks I just started this one tonight, and read the first 4 chapters. I like it so far! 1y
SheReadsAndWrites I'll let you know more as I get going... @MellieAntoinete @CoffeeNBooks 1y
Crazeedi On my tbr list, it looks very interesting 1y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Bookstore booty. Gonna dove into The Lost Vintage ASAP. #bookstore #bookstorebooty

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Sassy_Steph
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This book was good, found some of it was just too predictable and I didn‘t really believe the feelings of guilt would be so strong for something someone‘s ancestors had done!!

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REPollock
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Started this ebook last night, so far so good... 🍷

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Bloomingjen
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I really want to finish my book but I can‘t reach it and this girl is snoring away beside me

Laura317 Looks like a couple of snuggle buddies! Sweet! 1y
DGRachel So cute! 1y
Reecaspieces 😍😍😍 1y
Mdargusch Cozy! 1y
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One of the best novels I've read in a long time! Setting wine country, France. Kate comes to learn more about the Burgundy vintages and to help with les vendanges. She has many discoveries a secret room, WW II resistance info, a hidden stash of wine, and a long lost aunt who was either part of the resistance or a Nazi collaborator. She discovers so many secrets and discovers where she truly belongs! Gobbled this right up!

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5☆ What a compelling backstory of the life Hélène lived during the Nazi occupation of France. Truly gripping + heartbreaking.
Present day, Kate visits her ancestral vineyard in Burgundy finding a hidden cellar with priceless wine, Resistance pamphlets + journals of a girl written during WWll. She sleuths uncovering what may be that of her family having a dark history + shameful past during the war??! Loved it! I highly recommend!

sprainedbrain This sounds right up my alley. Stacked! 1y
tammysue @sprainedbrain It‘s excellent, and the writing is superb! I can‘t wait to see what you think! 1y
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LouLouLane
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Cheers!

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RealLifeReading
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An enjoyable book, best enjoyed with a glass of wine. I enjoyed the dual narratives - one contemporary, with a young woman studying for her Masters of Wine exam and visiting family in Burgundy to learn more about French wines, and one set during the Nazi occupation of France, the diary of a family member that no one seems to know very much about. Or maybe it‘s more like they don‘t want to know about her?
A moving, riveting read.

RealLifeReading I‘m using this as my #beachread for #booked2018. A less than usual pick I suppose, as there is a WWII narrative, but for me a beach read is something that makes me keep turning the pages and one that I can‘t put down and that‘s how this book was for me 1y
RadicalReader @RealLifeReading absolutely instability gorgeous cover for a book if I ever saw one 1y
tammysue Glad to see you enjoyed it so much! 😁 My library hold came in for this, can‘t wait. 1y
Cinfhen New to me book but sounds fabulous #stacked 💕 1y
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jbhops
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This book was amazing, but torture to read since I can't drink wine while reading!!

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jbhops
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And just like that, the book gets good. On to Part 2....

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jbhops
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I'm reading. Little one is listening to Magic Treehouse. We're both waiting for the pretzel dough to rise....

DivineDiana Pretzel dough!!! 😀 2y
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Purrfectpages
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Not directly book related, but true! #quotsy #quotsyaug18 #vintage

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BookswithTea
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Treated myself to a Once Upon a Book Club box this month! Loved the book and the fun gifts! 4.5/5⭐️ #onceuponabookclubbox

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Bakingbookworm
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5 STARS - If you‘re only going to read one Historical Fiction book this summer, let it be his one.

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah is a wonderfully compelling read with dual narratives - one in 2015 as a young woman returns to her family‘s French vineyard and unearths a family secret & the other is set during WWII in German-occupied France.

This is one of my top reads of 2018. Now, where‘s my plane ticket to France?!?!

Sassy_Steph This our September book club pick so I‘ll be reading it mid August 2y
Bakingbookworm @Sassy_Steph It‘s such a great read and will give you lots to discuss. Enjoy! 2y
Sassy_Steph Thank you 2y
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Bookish_B
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Look, I'm a sucker for WWII books. It was probably a given I would like this. Told between present time and WWII France it's a story about family, sacrifices, secrets and wine. Lots of wine! Very enjoyable read even if you're not much of a wine drinker (like me).

CatLass007 @CAnne Just wanted you to see this. I know how much you enjoy WWII novels. 2y
CAnne I enjoy wine too🍷 2y
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Today's book mail! I'm finishing up another book tonight so The Lost Vintage is up next! Very excited for it 🤗

tammysue Looking forward to reading The Lost Vintage! 2y
valeriegeary We Are the Ants is so good! 2y
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Just finished this audiobook yesterday in preparation for my upcoming vacation reads. I really enjoyed the audio edition. I have been researching my family history and love all things Genealogy so this book was good. I found the bits of French history incorporated into the story very interesting.

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Twocougs
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Lovely, just the book I needed. Makes me wish I was back in France, drinking a rose, enjoying a slower pace🇫🇷

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I love Ann Mahs writing I follow her on Instagram her posts from Paris will make you hungry want to be there have read her books.So excited to read her new novel The Lost Vintage ,will be in all weekend the weather in California is sizzling around 114 degrees #.Staying in Ac blasting reading The Lost Vintage a glass of wine some cheese heaven .Thanks @WilliamMorrowBooks for this lovely book.

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DebinHawaii
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#ReadingResolutions #JuneWrapUp 📚

June was a busy month for me & less audio books while working made for a lower number of books read/finished, but I read some really good ones. I limited myself to 4 favorites below-but there were several more I could add to that list. Several books started & not finished & I remain behind on reviews-both here & Goodreads.😬
Loved the #stepfordsummerparty buddy read with @Cinfhen & a great group of Littens.☀️💛

tammysue Fabulous June stats! 😁 2y
sudi 👏👏👏 2y
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DebinHawaii
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History, wine, food, secrets, drama & romance. Set in Burgundy, France in 2015 & the 1940s, Kate is at her family's vineyard studying for her Master of Wine exam & discovers a hidden basement room, a collection of historic wine & a family secret about Helene, the great aunt no one talks about. Helene's journal entries tell of WWII Nazi-occupied France. Citron Pressé ?& the book are a perfect pairing for a summer afternoon. Review/recipe link??

DebinHawaii The chickens 🐔 🐔insisted in being in the pic due to all the orange colors. 🤣 Link to post with review & lemonade recipe: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-book-tour-stops-here-review-of-lo... 2y
BarbaraJean This is a gorgeous picture. And I love the chickens. 🐓😆 2y
LisaJo I was scrolling through and I saw that chicken. And, I knew that was @DebinHawaii I have seen that chicken before. #LoveThatChicken 2y
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tammysue Wonderful review Deb! ❤️🐥 2y
MuddyPuddle Sold! And stacked. Thanks! 2y
Crazeedi Thanks for review! Adding! 2y
Jess_Read_This Ohhh!! This keeps popping up as recommended on Hoopla. You completely talked me into it!!! 2y
DebinHawaii @BarbaraJean @LisaJo The chickens 🐔 🐔feel your love! 🤣🍊🐔💛 2y
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DebinHawaii
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#HumpDayPost
1. Kiluea?continues to be crazy this week with lava moving about 18 mph & 'lava balls' or rafts flowing into the ocean. It's destroyed 650 homes & added over 400 acres of new land to the Big Island since May 3.?No impact to Oahu but crazy & heartbreaking.?
2. Eggs Caprese (see my post from earlier) ??
3. Wine, War, Secrets?
4. My current read/tagged book?I will finish it soon, I've had limited ?time.
5. 5' 9"-ish (175 cm?) ?

Dolly I have an earthquake app on my iPad and the number of shaking events on that part of the island is off the charts. Terrible yet fascinating. 2y
AmyG Mother natire can be brutal. :( And my niece and family are in Oahu, so happy I don‘t have to worry about them...yet sad for all those who lost homes. 2y
DebinHawaii @Dolly Yes, there are so many announcements on my phone about all of the earthquakes and luckily so far all of them have ended with "no tsunami was generated." ? 2y
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DebinHawaii @AmyG Yes, Mother Nature and Goddess Pele can be brutal. I'm glad your niece and family are over here.💜 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I think you win for the crazy thing that happened.🙁 2y
DivineDiana Thankful “no tsunami was generated”. 🙏🏻 2y
Suet624 650 homes! That‘s just wild. And frightening. 2y
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BethFishReads
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Only an hour or so go in this 🎧 audiobook. Am enjoying it more than I thought I would.

Jess I know! I just finished it on audio and was surprised how much I liked it. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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There probably should be wine 🍷 pictured with this historical fiction novel I am reading for review, but I snuck in a little reading over my lunch of Cold Cucumber Soup with Yogurt & Herbs. It's so humid today that chilling instead of cooking was the way to go for #soupersundays--this is an easy & tasty Andrew Zimmerman recipe. Link to recipe👇🏻

MrBook Wooow! Another one that @BookBabe will want to make! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm This looks really yummy!!! 2y
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Cinfhen Whyyyyyy can‘t u live closer to me ?!???? Every recipe is amazing looking😋😋😋😋😋 2y
Cinfhen Book sounds good too!!! 2y
Silvia.Baltazar A good 🍷 and a good 📖 what could be better 2y
Jmrose Excellent combination 2y
BookBabe Yes! This soup looks amazing! 😋 2y
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ChrisM
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This is a beautiful story of family and how secrets impact generations.
Kate travels to the family vineyard in France to study for her Master of Wine test and discovers lots of family secrets. Who hid the valuable wine? What else was the hidden room used for? Who was the great-aunt & why is she unknown?
4⭐️

Thank you to the publisher, @WilliamMorrowBooks , for providing an ARC for my honest review.

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Librarybelle
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If I see something about wine, I grab it! A June release date for this one - a woman goes back to her family‘s vineyard in Burgundy and discovers secrets about her family, stemming from World War II. Billed as Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale. #PLA2018

Pamwurtzler Sounds like a good one. Stacked! 2y
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