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The Villa | [Nora Roberts]

The Villa

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.
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Publisher's Summary

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality - from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job - and excels at it.

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.

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    DK 09-11-13
    DK 09-11-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Steady Going Nora Roberts -Long But Worth It"
    Where does The Villa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've reviewed over 200 books (not sure how many I've read) so it's hard to say - middle headed toward the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyler & his grandfather-fantastic, strong men.


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was a great performer.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality - from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job - and excels at it.

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I've noticed NR likes to show off her research and a lot of the time it can get tedious but that was not the case here. I could care less about wine but the detail did not distract or bore me.

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    Lady M 08-16-13
    Lady M 08-16-13
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    "It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!"


    "The Villa" is funny, romantic and suspenseful enough to keep you up all night. I can't believe I listen to 16 hours straight through, but I was so engrossed in the the story I couldn't stop listening to it--this is one story you don't want to miss a word of.

    There's a large cast of interesting people, and Laural Merlington gives a great performance creating mental pictures of the grand Giambelli family and their merger with MacMillan wines....about their Italian and Californian vineyards, with even a little wine-making instructions thrown in.

    "The Villa" is entertainment at it's best, and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-07-13
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "Absolutely LOVED It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely and I already have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Villa?

    There were so many good ones that it is hard to just pick one!


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    La Senora and Pelar and well all of them. She had a great accent and you always knew who was talking becaus she was that good at changing her voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was just an overall good story with great love stories, a great family story, and a great mystery with good twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, you won't be dissappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 07-14-13
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Revenge can be a killer."
    If you could sum up The Villa in three words, what would they be?

    Honor, death and love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the family business and the different interactions between family members and the running of the business.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the true killer reveals why he/she did the killing. I don't want to give it away.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be careful who you hurt, they may be crazy enough to really seek revenge.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of her better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 06-05-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 06-05-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "A good Nora Roberts..."

    As usual.. the typical mix of love, romance, treachery, murder, "I love you, I hate you, I never want to see you again.... and I love you forever".
    A satisfying meal of Nora Roberts..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ronald North las Vegas, Nevada, United States 03-13-13
    ronald North las Vegas, Nevada, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Second half didn't download properly"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes if someone wants more of a romance novel than a mystery this a good book has strong characters and decent build up.


    Has The Villa turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

    Her Italian accent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not yet


    Any additional comments?

    Yes I only got half the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 03-05-13
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story"
    Would you listen to The Villa again? Why?

    I never listen to audio books again but if I ever run out of things to listen to, I'll give this one another listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Villa?

    The ending was the most memorable. I didn't see it coming at all. Without saying too much, I'll say that I thought the way the book ended was great.


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    She was able to switch from different voices and accents with ease. It made listening enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It kept you on your toes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    F. G. Gailer HIllsborough, NC 02-24-13
    F. G. Gailer HIllsborough, NC 02-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable, but not my favoite Nora Roberts book"

    I found the characters interesting and likable, though I didn't love them. The story kept my interest, and I found it enjoyable, though I found the ending a little disappointing.

    I was concerned about the narrator, since I found her intonation quirky and rather annoying on the last audiobook of her's that I listened to. However, she did not use that intonation on this book, and I enjoyed her narration, especially after the beginning section.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa GULFPORT, MS, United States 12-31-12
    Lisa GULFPORT, MS, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What an ending !!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Recommend to everyone, quickly! Very nicely written and carried


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Villa?

    You won't believe the ending !


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    Merlington was the perfect narrator...oh that voice!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Couldn't stop listening. I found myself running errands just so I could listen without interruption from the family :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tahara 12-20-12
    Tahara 12-20-12
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    "excellant junk food"
    What did you love best about The Villa?

    perfect and predictable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the punky teenage girl because she was so contra to her image


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite, but she did a great job!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    just a little bit.I did really like the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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