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To hold the title of Certified Wine Master, Kate must pass a rigorous exam. With only months to go before she takes the test the restaurant she was working at closes leaving her with no excuse not to go to her family's ancestral Burgundy winery and help her cousins with their fall wine harvest. Once there Kate helps clear the home's basement of mostly forgotten belongings. Deep in the cellar, Kate discovers a hidden room with a cot, resistance pamphlets, and a large stash of valuable wines hidden away during WW II. These discoveries, along with finding a long lost diary, reveals a great aunt she never knew existed. What was once a dark stain on the family name brings a better understanding as to what Kate really wants in her life. If you like Frances Mayes and Peter Mayle you will cherish Ann Mah ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
Three women, facing major changes in their lives, have a chance meeting at a new retirement community where they are expected to live out their days. But instead of settling down, they decide to embark on new adventures by renting a villa in Italy for a season. The journey leads them to new friendships, long-forgotten interests, and a desire to live an Italian way of life. I loved this book! ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
It's all Nina thought she ever wanted: money, a wonderful husband, and great son, who just got accepted into Princeton. One fateful night it all goes wrong. Her son makes a very bad decision and their entire world is turned upside down. What is the truth? What is her son covering up and why? ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
Clare has a chance meeting with Edith, an elderly woman who gives her the courage to break off her impending marriage.Three weeks later, Clare learns that Edith has passed away and has left her home to her. Trying to understand why she feels such a deep connection to someone she only briefly met, Clare discovers that both the house and Edith harbor an unusual history. Shifting between present day and the past, both characters are vivid, strong, and courageous. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice
A wonderful coming-of-age story about friendship after two young boys meet in a small town at the foot of the Dolomite Mountains. Curiosity, adventure, and camaraderie are tested as the two mature and find themselves drawn to different life paths. One follows his family into the mountains while the other travels the world. Beautifully written, this novel confirms that the bonds between fathers and sons are strong. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice