Monday, November 3, 2014

Giveaway: The Vintner's Daughter by Kristen Harnisch

It's that time again! Flashlight Commentary is pleased to offer fans of historic fiction a chance to win a free edition of Kristen Harnisch's The Vintner's Daughter!

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A captivating historical-fiction debut: ambition, betrayal and love take a spirited young woman from the verdant Loire Valley to turn-of-the-century Manhattan to the wide open spaces of California wine country

Loire Valley, 1895. When seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault's father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their vineyard to a rival family, whose eldest son marries Sara's sister, Lydia. But a violent tragedy compels Sara and her sister to flee to New York, forcing Sara to put aside her dream to follow in her father's footsteps as a master winemaker.

Meanwhile, Philippe Lemieux has arrived in California with the ambition of owning the largest vineyard in Napa by 1900. When he receives word of his brother's death in France, he resolves to bring the killer to justice. Sara has travelled to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Philippe in a Napa vineyard, they are instantly drawn to one another, but Sara knows he is the one man who could return her family's vineyard to her, or send her straight to the guillotine.

A riveting, romantic tale of betrayal, retribution, love and redemption, Kristen Harnisch's debut novel immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of turn-of-the-century America and a spirited heroine's fight to determine her destiny.

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Harnisch’s palatable debut is enriched with historical detail about the wine industry. Sara is a dynamic heroine…. Wine aficionados and fans of romance and historical fiction will drink this in.
- Kirkus Reviews

One of the novel’s highlights is its rich history of the wine-making process through the eyes of a woman who is passionate and meticulous about each step.... In the beginning, [Sara] endures nonstop pain and loss, but these tragedies transform her from a smart, hardworking girl into an independent, resourceful woman. At its core, The Vintner’s Daughter is a story of perseverance and transcending one’s past.
- Booklist

A lovely novel with sparkling dialogue, intricate plot and great characters. This tale of a young girl determined to hold onto to her beloved father’s vineyard in the Loire Valley will invoke inevitable comparisons to Gone with the Wind. Sara is a girl with grit and determination, and seizes what she wants from life with both hands, evolving over the course of the novel from an impetuous, headstrong girl to a mature woman. A pleasure.
- Roberta Rich, author of The Harem Midwife and The Midwife of Venice

[A] fast-moving romantic saga about two independent, ambitious people hoping to succeed in winemaking….This relaxing summer read offers an enjoyable armchair voyage to wine country.
—Historical Novels Review

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Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, her debut novel. The Vintner's Daughter is the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Ms. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University, and currently resides in Connecticut. 

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Format: Print & eBook
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Released by: She Writes Press
ISBN-13: 978-1631529290
Length: 355 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

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In accordance with the promotional guidelines set forth by Flashlight Commentary, this giveaway is open internationally.


Amy C said...

Sounds like an interesting read. And it sounds perfect to listen to while I drive all over town.

Topazshell said...

I love to read about Wine countries whether here in California or across the pond in France or somewhere. I like this story because it begins with the two sisters experiencing hardship. Would love to win and read it.

Colleen Turner said...

This sounds awesome! I was never a huge fan of audio books but just this year I've really started enjoying them. This one sounds unlike anything else I have read so I'm excited to give it a go. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Denise said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I have never listened to an audio book.This one would be a good book to start with since it is a great story.
I pinned, tweeted 8:06 PM - 3 Nov 2014@DeniseDuvall2 and posted on Facebook.

Nancy said...

What an intriguing tease. I'd love to read this one, thanks.