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Beneath the cover of France's most exquisite vineyards, a city of women defy an army during World War I, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence...

Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lies below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest and most defiant women venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars...

In present day, Rosalyn Acosta travels to Champagne to select vintages for her Napa-based employer. Rosalyn doesn't much care for champagne - or France, for that matter. Since the untimely death of her young husband, Rosalyn finds it a challenge to enjoy anything at all. But as she reads through a precious cache of World War I letters and retraces the lives lived in the limestone tunnels, Rosalyn will unravel a mystery hidden for decades...and find a way to savor her own life again.

©2020 Julie Goodson-Lawes (P)2020 Tantor

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Narrator provides look, smell and feel of Champagne!

The authors story was so detailed and captured the visual with her words. Which allowed Xe Sands the ability, through both era’s to lull us with her voice and let us imagine we were there. Or really want to go now.

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Very Depressing

I usually adore Juliet Blackwell and have read over 20 of her books. I was so excited to read this one on Champagne, but it was so depressing about limbs torn off in WW1 and all of the blood and loss, that I started skipping those chapters. Not sure why she had to make this story so sad and depressing. Yes, the widow was sad, but this seemed to be taken to extremes.

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Wonderful to read

Juliet Blackwell has given her readers a gift of a story. It weaves the present and past together expertly. It takes the reader to France and Napa Valley and lets us meet characters we would like to see in future novels. I loved it.

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Lovely and heartfelt

Another lovely and heartfelt story from Juliet Blackwell. I enjoy everything she writes. And excellent narration from Xe Sands.

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Powerfully moving story on love, loss & champagne!

Loved! Characters, story, narrator - it all flowed deliciously well - a bit like...hmmm champagne!

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Champagne

Loved every bit of the entrancing tale of love found among the grapes and caves.

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A story of a woman, new friends and WWI letters

I loved this historical fiction novel. It's about grief, love, loss and new paths in life. Loved it all.

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Beautifully written and performed!

Loved it from beginning to end. As always, Xe Sands does an amazing job.

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The best of hers I've read so far

Constantly intriguing and a pleasure, tho sometimes heartbreaking, to the very end. I loved this book, and I learned a lot about the little-known (to me) history of Champagne, besides.

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