Harmony Valley…not so harmonious after all!
Christine Alexander needs to prove herself as a top-notch winemaker, and in Harmony Valley she’s got a chance to build something legitimate, quality and lasting. What she doesn’t need is part-owner Slade Jennings poking his nose in her cabernet.
Brooding, buttoned-up Slade Jennings won’t be making things easy for his new hire. Someone has to worry about the bottom line. Forced into an uneasy partnership, the pair faces two challenges: create a spectacular award-winning vintage within months…and figure out if their tenuous friendship can grow into something deeper and lasting.
This book is part of Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. An interesting concept: contemporary romances with the steam level of an inspirational romance (meaning there’s nothing you couldn’t mention in front of your grandmother) but without the Protestant Christianity ladled on top. I’m no expert on these books (yet), but I thought Season of Change had a nicely complex plot (considering the short word count), and had been painstakingly researched.
This book is about wine production, and the author either knows her business from personal experience, or has been doing an exceptional amount of research!
There are connected characters in this story, leading me to believe this is not only part of a series, but not the first one. It shouldn’t be a problem for readers who start here.
I liked the subplot with our hero’s twin daughters. They acted very, very old for their age, but maybe that’s what children are like these days…
I’m not sure what direction this Harlequin series will continue to move in, but I didn’t find Heartwarming as conservative as I’d originally worried it would be.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.