I absolutely LOVED Crushed by Deborah Coonts. As a veteran wine drinker, I was duly impressed with all of the factual details about the process of growing grapes and turning them into a complex wine. But what I really loved was the love story between two complicated adults.
Sophia has been widowed for several years. Now that her children have left the next, she is devoting her spare time to making a wine from grapes grown on vines smuggled into Napa from her grandfather’s vineyard in Italy. Her day job, however, is with a winery owner who thinks White Zin is classy. In between, she grapples with her mother who is sinking fast into dementia.
Nico lost his brother, his partner in making wines of superb quality. Now he’s working for a nouveau riche vineyard owner.
The shared passion in wine leads to a shared passion for each other. Sigh. Let it be noted that I would go grape picking with Nico any day.
Coonts waxes philosophical about dreams put aside and roads not taken in a way that will undoubtedly resonate with women of a certain age like me. I have not read her Lucky series, but I will be watching for future installments of this new Napa series.
My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure–my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its five sequels, Lucky Breakbeing the latest, and four between-the-books novellas. Currently I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa, a dark thriller, a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure–all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand. I can usually be found at the bar, but also at www.deborahcoonts.com