Author: Loretta Hill
Genre: Romance/Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: 2nd January 2015
Book Source: Random House Aust & NetGalley
Synopsis: ‘ You are cordially invited to the wedding of Phoebe and Christopher . . .’
All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.
Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past – and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home. . .
Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can’t take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.
But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, the Maxwell sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.
I adore sister/family themed stories and being a bit partial to a nice wine myself, I loved the Margaret River wine region setting and the descriptions of Tawny Brooks vineyard, the grape varieties, their harvesting process. It took me back to weekends spent touring wineries, soaking up the sights and smells, sampling wines until we found a new favourite.
The Maxwell family are a mildly dysfunctional bunch, likable, frustrating and entirely real. Happy-go-lucky Phoebe (the youngest Maxwell sister) is the reason the Maxwell sisters are returning home to Tawny Brooks Estate. Phoebe is getting married and she wants her estranged sisters, Natasha and Eve to mend the rift before her wedding.
Mix in ... a month of wedding planning, a jealous Greek mother, a father who loves to give the impression of being a sandwich short of a picnic, the mother-in-law from hell, the men in the Maxwell sisters' lives and you get a melting pot of misunderstandings, squabbles, secrets and family drama. I loved that this tale was as much about sisters reconnecting as it was their romances. And I especially loved the humour injected with the mother/mother-in-law wedding battles and John Maxwell's penchant for keeping score.
The wedding day drama was a bit over the top for me but that's a small gripe in an otherwise charming story about family, love, food and wine. Four of my favourite things.
A fun read to enjoy while
guzzling sipping a nice glass of
I heard on the grapevine (HA sorry) that Loretta has more Margaret River wineries to visit in future books. I look forward to that.
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