The Loire Valley, 1895. When seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’sfather is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their vineyard to a rival familywhose eldest son marries Sara’s sister, Lydia. But a violent tragedy compelsSara and her sister to flee to New York, forcing Sara to put aside her dream of following in her father’s footsteps as a master winemaker. Meanwhile, PhilippeLemieux has arrived in California with the ambition of owning the largestvineyard in Napa by 1900. When he receives word of his brother’s death inFrance, he resolves to bring the killer to justice.
Sara has traveled to California in hopes of making her ownway in the winemaking world. When she encounters Philippe in a Napa vineyard,they are instantly drawn to one another, but Sara knows he is the one man whocould return her family’s vineyard to her—or send her straight to theguillotine.
A riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, andredemption, Kristen Harnisch’s debut novel immerses readers in the richvineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of latenineteenth-century America, and a spirited heroine’s fight to determine herdestiny.