But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery - and Sophia will be assuming a new role.
As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They've been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Tyler the finer points of marketing - and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard.
As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company's future - and the legacy of the villa - may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia's quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival.
©2004 Nora Roberts; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
I loved this book ! Kinda reminded me of my favorite show " Falcon Crest" . NRA Roberts is such a good writer in creating a whole story with different characters and angles that work perfectly transferring you to a different world. So so so good and the narrator choice was perfect for this book.
Greatly appreciate the varied locations and detailed of the storyline. Characters strong and believable. A story that could happen. Nora Roberts proves she can come up with something new.
Sophie. Strong, indepedant, but human.
The scene when teens acted and talked like true teens. You know Nora has been around teens herself. Real, yet still funny.
Say something about yourself!
I am a NR fan. This was a complicated plot. I had some problems figuring out the characters but that is just a problem of "listening". Intriquing plot from my perspective. I loved everything about this book. This is a great vacation read.
I love Nora Roberts! But this book was extremely hard to get into. Because it was Nora Roberts I gave it a chance and it took a good seven or eight chapters before it started to become slightly interesting. By the end it was ok but the narrator was just difficult to listen to and the story itself was very disappointing.
I loved this story and the characters! It has mistery, murder, business and romance.
What I didn't like at all was the performance. The voice of the narrator is always very pleasant and ladylike and the only character that I could imagine speaking like that all the time was Pilar. For all other characters it didn't seem to correspond to my imagine of them, so it was a bit irritating and took the fun out of some parts of the book.
when I am irritated at the audiobook narrator.
The story would be better if reading the physical book. Don’t do the audiobook. The narrator Laurel Merlington ruins it. She didn’t give any warmth to the characters. It was as if they were giving orders all the time. Tyler was not sexy. I was tired of listening and just wanted it to be over. Aside from the narrator, the characters, events, and how things resolved were not as good as they could have been.
ABOUT THE NARRATOR Laurel Merlington:
I kept thinking of Dracula’s accent in a B-Movie. The family name was Giambelli. Most of the time the narrator would draw it out like Geeum-bellllllllll’-ee. That might be ok if an Italian person were speaking, but the narrator would say it during 3rd person narration and when U.S. born characters were speaking. A U.S. born teenager would not say it like that. The same happened with the name Theresa. Too many U.S. characters said the name as if they were Italian like Ta-rrrrrraaaayt’-za (rolling the r). It didn’t always fit.
I did not like the Bela Lugosi style accent the narrator used for ethnic Italians.
My favorite narrator Frank Muller read with a sense of wonder. This narrator did not. Sophia came off angry, cold, and brittle -- no vulnerability. She was not fun to watch. Theresa had no warmth. All her lines were demanding, ordering. In one scene Tyler’s “legs were stretched out, his voice lazy” but the narrator used an abrupt voice for him. And she never made Tyler sound sexy. When Tyler was saying things to Sophia like “I love you” it did not sound like he desired her.
the relationship between Pilar and David and the parts with his teenagers – secondary stories.
Genre: contemporary mystery romance
Loved the story. Explained terms for us that don't make wine. I want to he in a itlatian family. They care and yake of their own thru thick and thin
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
This book read more like a soap opera. It was also confusing and rather dull. the narrator used the same voice for all the men and they all sounded angry. I do not recommend this book to anyone.
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