As author Heather Heyford pours a final glass in her series following three Napa wine heiresses, a newcomer must work her way into a tightly-knit family whose bond has been fermenting for years…
Though they each have their own ambitions and are known to be competitive—even with each other—the St. Pierre sisters are fiercely loyal. Chardonnay and Merlot are thrilled about Sauvignon’s wedding day, and it’s slated to be the soirée of the decade among Napa’s most elite residents. Given the family’s notoriety, it almost stands to reason that their eccentric father, Xavier, would arrive by helicopter. But no one could have anticipated the wedding surprise he’d brought along with him…
The product of one of Xavier’s many affairs, Sake is introduced as the half-Japanese sister the St. Pierre girls never knew they had. She struggles to break into clique-ish Napa society—and getting in with her sisters is proving more difficult than nabbing a ’74 Cabernet. It seems only high-end realtor Bill Diamond can tell there’s more to Sake than meets the eye. Afraid of repeating her mother’s mistakes, Sake just hopes that getting drunk on love won’t leave her with a hangover of rejection…
This was a really a heartwarming and different kind of story. Sake has had a rough childhood, and is hiding behind this thug act she is putting out. She dropped out of high school, never finished her drivers ed, she is living with an alcoholic man, but she loves baking, and is working in her dream job in a bakery.
The way Sake talks makes her sound immature and dull, when she is anything but. She has serious emotional scars from her childhood, and feelings of not being enough, or seen constantly bother her. Through the story and the events she goes through while living in her father world, for the first time in her life, she slowly grows up, learns to appreciate herself, love herself, gets her life in order, builds relationship not only with her father, but with her sisters as well.
Bill, the realtor, she stumbles on the moment she lands in Napa, gets roped into a sort of a friendship with Sake. They are rather perfect for each other, but it takes time for both of them to realize that as well.
This is a sweet coming of age meets from rags to riches sort of a story. Seeing Sake bloom in her new life, to learn to stand on her own feet, and to accept help when it is needed was heartfelt, her relationship with Bill adorable, with Taylor, the dog, adding to the story its own spice
~ Four Spoons
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