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.
This is the first opportunity I have taken to read or even listen to a Nora Roberts book. However, with the recent audible.com sale, I thought it to be a perfect opportunity to try out some heretofore, unfamiliar authors.
I would imagine that this had the potential to be at least an entertaining book, except for the God awful narration.
Perhaps this could be blamed on the dialogue, which I found to be rather stilted and sophomoric. But there is no place to which the blame can be placed, except on the narrator, with regard to her utterly dismal attempts at an Italian accent. Thank goodness that it was attributed for the most part to La Senora and the overwhelming use of the family name Giambelli. Even the local California cops had this awful accent foisted upon them when making use of the family name.
All in all, the characters were so lacking in development that I didn't find myself liking any one of them in particular, even those designated as the hero and heroine.
Being a male, I have listened to many books narrated by, or explicitly written for, women and have liked many of them; namely those by Sandra Brown, Patricia Cornwell and/or Tami Hoag. This just didn't happen to be one of them.
The only saving grace for me, as I mentioned earlier, was that I was able to download this book at the "sale" price.
Personally, I think it would be a good idea for the producers of audible books to, when necessary, use more than one narrator. Listening to female narrators attempt the narration of a male character tends to make me feel like "clearing my throat".
I love this story!! I read the book first but it was completly enhanced by the reader. Worth a credit!!!
This book isn't marvelously written, as one can tell by the stilted dialogue, which feels anything but real or conversational. My main complaint is with the truly terrible reader. Her voice is both too mature for any of the characters (she sounds as if she's sixty, and is reading the lines of 20-somethings), and she has no feel for the acting side of her job. At times, her inflections are so off-base one loses the sense of what she is reading. She just makes all the dialogue melodramatic and false. And she reads the male voices with angry or curt monotones. As a result, Tyler is just unlikable, a negative whiner, and David loses the humor Nora Roberts attempted to give his character. Pilar sounds completely phony...I'm sorry, I'm 51 and I sound younger and peppier than this 48 year-old! Skip it.
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