Book Review:The Vineyard in Alsace by Julie Stock

Is there really such a thing as a second chance at love?

Fran Schell has only just become engaged when she finds her fiancé in bed with another woman. She knows this is the push she needs to break free of him and to leave London. She applies for her dream job on a vineyard in Alsace, in France, not far from her family home, determined to concentrate on her work.

Didier Le Roy can hardly believe it when he sees that the only person to apply for the job on his vineyard is the same woman he once loved but let go because of his stupid pride. Now estranged from his wife, he longs for a second chance with Fran if only she will forgive him for not following her to London.

Working so closely together, Fran soon starts to fall in love with Didier all over again. Didier knows that it is now time for him to move on with his divorce if he and Fran are ever to have a future together. Can Fran and Didier make their second chance at love work despite all the obstacles in their way?

A romantic read set against the enticing backdrop of the vineyard harvest in France.

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My Review

I read The Vineyard in Alsace over a sunny weekend in England, but I was transported to this beautiful region of France, to the vineyards, the wine, the food and the romance!

Fran escapes to France to be closer to her family and to drastically change the life she was living in London. By chance, she meets an old flame, Didier, and he offers her an exciting job and quaint cottage at his vineyard. Didier has also had a turbulent personal life since the couple split. Neither are looking for love but the chemistry between them is more powerful than anyone realised.

Of course, there are obstacles in the way. Both Fran and Didier have family problems, the vineyard needs to be harvested, there is a chateau to restore and a visitor centre to build.

Julie Stock alternates the chapters between Fran and Didier’s stories so you know how each one is feeling. Slowly she introduces characters and a close-knit community of family and friends are formed, with the vineyard being the hub of activity.. You can actually feel the change in season as the time for grape harvesting comes closer. Both main characters are instantly likeable, sensitive and warm-hearted. They help each other overcome the people from the past and move forward without bitterness or resentment. A truly ‘feel good’ book, the story flows effortlessly and the beautiful region of Alsace and its traditional family vineyards are described with genuine insight. Gradually Julie Stock describes the complicated and back-breaking tradition of harvesting the grapes and the wonderful sense of community that evolves with it.

The ebook was kindly gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Julie Stock is an author of contemporary romance novels, novellas and short stories. She’s also a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She blogs about her path to publication on her website, ‘My Writing Life’ www.julie-stock.co.uk You can also connect with her on Twitter, Goodreads and via her Facebook Author Page. If you would like to be the first to hear about her new releases and other news, you can also sign up to receive her occasional newsletters via her website. When she is not writing, she works part-time for a charity. She is married with two teenage daughters and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

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