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Set in the beautiful Napa Valley, after WWII, Avelino Carrillo has returned to reclaim the vineyards and home that his family has tended and owned for over a hundred years . . . until his brother lost it to a wealthy land baron . . . when he returns to la Casa de los Sueños, he finds a young woman with red hair, Amelia, living there, with her grandfather, Joe . . . as tenents . . . and the vines have much tending to be done . . . Avelino makes an agreement with the landowner to redeem his land by working for him for seven years for no pay . . . and moves into the barn . . . proud of his Mexican heritage, the hard work of his ancestors who bought and tended the vineyards, Avelino vows to restore them so they will again produce the best wine . . . every evening after supper, Avelino tells how the first Avelino fought in the Mexican American war, then made his way west from Texas to California, and how the vineyards came to be . . . Moving back and forth between the two time periods, listeners hear the rich heritage of the Carrillo family . . . who have a deep faith in God . . . Avelino is Catholic . . . and low and behold, Amelia and her father, Joe are Baptist . . . I found the discussion of the differences in their beliefs refreshing . . . as we've had a similar discussion in our own family . . . we are Baptist, my mother-in-law was a devout Catholic . . . she is in heaven, celebrating with Jesus now . . . This was an excellent book, full of character, no fluff . . . I SO hope that the next book in the series comes to audio SOON!
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Deeply developed storyline and characters that grabbed me from the start. Questions of honor, integrity and the depths of true love are ingrained throughout the story. The recorded acting was superb and added to the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and performance!