Love In The Wine Country
by Pamela Gibson
Can she trust a man who broke her heart?
Spunky Beth Sawyer is determined to save a debt-ridden historic house she inherited from her grandmother. The Victorian mansion might be spared foreclosure if she can get a handful of cranky boarders out in time to open a bed and breakfast. Instead they’ve declared war and enlisted the aid of a man who still holds a piece of her heart.
After a dangerous assignment nearly takes his life, investigative reporter Aiden Reynoso limps home to Santa Marta to recover and rethink his career. He craves peace. Instead he finds chaos and a sexy new landlady, one he reluctantly left years ago after a brief fling.
The cliff-side mansion guards its secrets well, and so does Beth. Her beloved grandmother had an obsession. If revealed, it will ruin her reputation in a town that revere’s her memory. But the clock is ticking and Beth needs an ally. Can she trust a man who once broke her heart or is she destined to fight alone while her dreams turn as sour as spoiled wine.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
So I really expected to love this romance between Aiden Reynoso and Beth Sawyer because I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two Pamela Gibson novels I read from the same series: A Kiss of Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc to Sigh For. All of the components were there, two characters who had once been somewhat friends but who were in writing competitions against each other who became lovers and then broke up because they were too young. Beth still resents how she was treated by Aiden.
After her grandmother’s death, Beth discovers that her inheritance isn’t what she expected it to be and is considered persona non grata in town after she requests that her grandmother’s boarders, who are not paying rent, leave. Her grandmother was so well loved and respected, that Beth’s actions leave a bad taste for the townspeople.
Aiden’s bad experience in Africa continues to haunt him even after his return to the States so much so that he’s considering settling down. He also has no intention of leaving the home that he’s paid for in advance.
Seeing that Beth is under a lot of pressure, he begins to help her.
Reporters have always been fascinating characters to me and again the potential was here to make both Aiden and Beth very interesting, but little of that life was introduced to the story.
I felt that the focus was a little scattered and I wasn’t altogether impressed with Beth who came across as a victim-type. With that said, this is still a good entry in the series and a definite read for those of you who have read the previous novels. I will also suggest that your-mileage-may-vary.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 butterflies out of 5 butterflies
Award-winning author Pamela Gibson grew up loving books, history, and small towns. Her first career was a newspaper reporter, but when she returned to college to get a master’s degree, it was in public administration which eventually led to jobs running cities…not as an elected official, but as a city manager, the chief appointed one.
Writing was still her passion and when not busy—with the activities of two children and a lot of volunteer work—she was contracted to write several books on local history. Taking an early retirement at the urging of her very supportive husband, she turned to fiction and began writing the happy ending novels she loves to read.
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