Jamie Brenner, where have you been all my life? Why have I not been reading you? You are a gem hiding out in the wide open space. Thank goodness I woke up and read one of your books. It won’t be the last for sure!
Let me tell you a story. Young Amy loved to read....much like she does now. She loved all the classics. Danielle Steele...Nora Roberts....Jackie Collins...you know the good ol days of shoulder pads and dripping wealth. Blush, brought me back to that time....
This three-generational story of a grandmother, mother and daughter brings to light family and feminism. Sprinkling throughout rebuilding relationships, finding new love, and what is really important. I was completely invested throughout.
The vineyard as the setting is stunning. I want to live in a vineyard one day. Jaime gives such a great description of what life on a vineyard would be like. From the fresh wine down to the production, it takes to put that wine in your glass.
In all seriousness this book was lovely. It was a delightful trip back to sneaking books that were way too “racy” for me, with a fantastic story to immerse yourself in. I loved the female relationships between the women. The family dynamics were intense at times but loving at others. This novel did an exquisite job of bringing together feminism and family.
From acclaimed author Jamie Brenner comes a stunning new novel about three generations of women who discover that the "trashy" novels of a bygone era just might hold the key to saving their family's coastal winery--and to finding the love that's eluded them.
For decades, the lush vineyards and majestic manor house of the Hollander Estates winery made it the North Fork of Long Island's premier destination for lavish parties and romantic day trips. Now the Hollander family fortunes have suffered, and as matriarch Vivian Hollander prepares for the arrival of her daughter and granddaughter for their annual summer reunion, she fears it might be their last. Worse, selling the family legacy to strangers might expose the dark secret she's harbored for thirty-five years....
Visits to the winery have been bittersweet for Leah Hollander Bailey ever since her father refused to let her take her place in the family business. Now a successful Manhattan shop owner, Leah loves the life she's built with her husband and daughter--but with her store, and her marriage, at a crossroads, she can't help but view this year's pilgrimage home as a sorely needed escape.
College senior Sadie Bailey has a thesis to write, and the towering shelves of the manor's library offer endless academic inspiration. But when Sadie discovers evidence that her proper Grandma Vivian once ran a book club dedicated to the scandalous women's novels of decades past, the shockingly outrageous tomes give her new insight into her family's glory days.
Resurrecting the "trashy" book club begins as the distraction all three women need. But as they battle to save their birthright and heal old wounds, they just might find that the pages contain everything they need to know about how to fight for what they want--and for the life, and love, they deserve.