War and fortune tore two families apart...and an indomitable love brought them together.
In 19th-century France, 16,000 hectares of vineyard spread across Lower Corrèze. Count Firmin de Janelles rules over Chantegrêle. The Madelbos and Pierrebrune families detest one another, and the advent of Napoleon III awakens the hostilities between the village Bonapartists and Republicans. Meanwhile the count is in financial ruin because of a devastating insect ravaging the vineyards.
But amid the decline of the empire, a powerful love between Alain Madelbos and Albine Pierrebrune blossoms. This unexpected union will bring about the alliance and reconciliation of the warring townspeople while Republican idealism triumphs and a new breed of landowners emerges.
©2000 Jean-Paul Malaval; Originally published in French as Les Vignerons de Chantegrêle (P)2015 Audible, Inc.