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Publisher's Summary

Peter Mayle once again returns to the beautiful but complicated world of Provence, to find that the highly competitive boutique wine trade has hidden depths that cannot be hidden by the sunny grape arbors above the ground. Mayle's usual fish-out-of-water British protagonist comes to inspect a Provencal vineyard left to him by his newly-dead uncle. While handling the details of the estate, he is distracted by two gorgeous women, but not distracted enough to overlook that his caretaker desperately wants the vineyard's land. When a beautiful young Californian arrives on the scene, with both a credible claim to the vineyard and a fount of viticultural knowledge, the plot begins to twist and curve into elegant complication and release.
©2004 Peter Mayle (P)2004 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"Happily snide (and knowledgeable) [with] wicked turns of phrase." (Chicago Sun-Times) "Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations anyone?" (People)
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By Richard on 08-03-04

Five stars aren't enough

Entertaining, funny, superbly written, and superbly read. Mayle at his best.

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By Charles Atkinson on 04-13-16

Fun Read, Movie is Better

We loved the movie and watch it on a regular basis. It so happens the producer of the film starring Russell Crowe is from my hometown of Greensboro. I understand the movie failed miserably, yet it remains one of my wife and my favorite films. The characters, the ambience of the French estate, the haunting childhood memories, beautiful cinematography and the humor draws us in everytime.

So I am not surprised the book is different, but this is one case where hollywood made the story better. Having listened to the story with such high expectations I can only give it 3 stars. I readily admit my prejudice. Still its a wonderful story and certainly worthy of your time.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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