“Readers will devour this page-turner as the mystery and passions spin out.... A solid pick for fans of historical romances combined with a heartbreaking mystery." —Library Journal
A young winemaker. A devastating family secret. A truth that could destroy the man she loves.
Napa Valley, 1956: Winemaker Caterina Rosetta and her widowed mother Ava harbor family secrets and face threats that could ruin their family winery, Mille Étoiles Vineyards. Concealing her husband's past in Tuscany, Ava struggles to manage the vineyard, while her high-spirited, passionate daughter Caterina—a wine-blending savant—has inherited Ava's talent for crafting wine and guarding damaging secrets.
Caterina hides a truth that could ruin her in the eyes of her mother and traditional society: An illegitimate child. The father, Santo-Caterina's childhood best friend, abandoned her without explanation, leaving her with nowhere to turn. Devastated, Caterina journeys to their ancestral vineyard in Montalcino, Italy to claim an inheritance from her grandmother and seize the chance to start a new life. There, for the first time, she meets her unknown, extended family and discovers shocking secrets that could destroy the man she loves. Caterina realizes her happiness and the entire future of Mille Étoiles Vineyards depend on her ability to unravel the mysteries of the past—if she has the strength to face them.
"As she did with fragrance and scent-making in Scent of Triumph, Moran weaves knowledge of wine and winemaking into this intense family drama." —Booklist
"We were spellbound by the thread of deception weaving the book's characters into a tangled web, and turned each page anticipating the outcome." —The Mercury News
"Absolutely adored The Winemakers. Beautifully layered and utterly compelling. Intriguing from start to finish. A story not to be missed." —Jane Porter, USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author
"Wildly romantic and utterly compelling,The Winemakers is full of family secrets and gorgeous descriptions of the Italian countryside and the vineyards of the Napa Valley. I was completely swept away!" —Anita Hughes, author of Rome In Love
"Told with exquisite elegance and style,The Winemakers is a dazzling tale rich with family secrets, fine wine, and romance that will leave you breathless." —Juliette Sobanet, author of Sleeping with Paris
Jan Moran is a USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction. She writes stylish, uplifting, and emotionally rich contemporary and 20th-century historical fiction. Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. Her books are also translated into German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, and other languages. Jan studied writing at the UCLA Writers Program, sailed on Semester at Sea, and graduated from the University of Texas and Harvard Business School. She lives near the beach in southern California.