“Lush and evocative, this novel brings the Loire Valley and its glorious vineyards to life in a story that will delight readers everywhere. Enjoy with your favorite glass of Merlot!” —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife
Loire Valley, 1895. Kristen Harnisch’s first internationally bestselling novel in The Vintner’s Daughter series immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of late nineteenth-century America and a spirited heroine’s fight to determine her destiny.
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. This riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, and redemption will captivate wine lovers and historical fiction fans alike.
“…The Vintner’s Daughter is a story of perseverance and transcending one's past.” ―Booklist
“...the plot is engaging and well-paced. Wine aficionados and fans of romance and historical fiction will drink this in.” —Kirkus
“A lovely novel with sparkling dialogue, intricate plot and great characters.” —Roberta Rich, author of The Harem Midwife and The Midwife of Venice
“The Vintner’s Daughter is as compelling and complex as its heroine, taking us on an unforgettable journey from France to California’s Napa Valley, where providence rules and passions collide. Kristen Harnisch skillfully weaves the history of the wine industry into a visceral and haunting love story―to be read with a favorite glass of wine.” —Holly Lynn Payne, author of The Virgin’s Knot and Damascena
Kristen Harnisch is the author of the award-winning, internationally bestselling novels The Vintner’s Daughter, The California Wife and The Vintner’s Legacy. She drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the stories for the three historical novels in the series. Ms. Harnisch earned a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Connecticut.