Friday, July 24, 2015

Books read July 24

A Vintage Year by Kate Preston
Cover fascinated me enough to want to read this book. Love nature and growing things and story line sounded good also.  Starts out with two women who are into wine and they want to bid on the case but lose to Harris Tucker, the tennis player.  His accountant comes up with a scheme to teach Harris a lesson and he ends up working at the vineyard and a date with Cassie.
Laughed at the idea of spending a week at the farm. Love all the chores and jobs needing to be done, and during what seasons and that he is a city boy and has NO clue.
 Harris has a deal that he will lose his wine if he doesn't show up for work. If he does show up Laura will owe him one of her bottles.
Harris helps out a lot at the ranch/farm/vineyard and falls into many scams that really lighten things up when matters are dire. Laura is now divorced and living back home with her two kids. Other family members are around to help her bring the kids to and from school but some days
she allows Harris to pick them up.....He finds he is the charm that will draw the crowds to tour the vineyard and they use him among his other duties. Love how the date turns out-didn't see that coming.
Best part for me was learning more about the grapes, growing them, all terms and the biodynamic parts of farming. 
We learn of Laura's past and how she loved Harris, he had been her tennis teacher....she knows what her priorities are....
Others realize how much Harris is worth to their business and the job offers come in, a lot more money than working at the farm...
Love how the siblings work together and keep the secret from their father....conflicts arise from all corners and tempers flare.
It would be a miracle if Laura and Harris could ever have a relationship....
Love how you picture the story going and you are wrong at every turn. So many obstacles, funny at times...twists and turns and an all-around good read.
Best part for me was learning more of the vineyard and its operations. Felt like I was there, with very detailed descriptions. Also that I went on vacation for the festivals and fun nights out.
Handful of characters whose lives are intertwined and they work together...even the townsfolk for a better town.  Can’t wait to read more from this author!
I received this book from Story Cartel via the author in exchange for my honest review.

The Wheels on the race car by Alexander  Zane
Cute little children's audio story in synch with the wheels on the bus. This story tells of race day and the actual race
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner
Have enjoyed the author's other works and I bought the paperback and will listen to this on tape.
Alternating chapters of a Philadelphia housewife and her daughter's point of view in her own chapters.
Canny writes of her life, fantasies and knits at her daughters Joy dance lessons. She finds the story of her life from her mother.
Peter, her husband wants more kids. Such a diversified set of characters between the age groups and life styles.
Teen years are hard for the new generation and new rules.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Gold digger India snares billionaire Marcus Croft. They hire Prestine Jewels to carry the eggs for a child.
They each have goals and things don't go as planned. Lot of controversy surrounding surrogate mothers, who the eggs really belong to, etc.
Jewels lives with her parents and siblings and knows the 20K would come in handy to help her father-one last attempt.
So much controversy as things don't go planned or who actually does own the eggs, and the child they produce?
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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