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The Villa by Nora Roberts
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The Villa (edition 2002)

by Nora Roberts

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Title:The Villa
Authors:Nora Roberts
Info:Jove (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
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The Villa by Nora Roberts
Families combine their expertise in the wine business and some are upset...
Sophia Jumbelle, runs the PR for the family vineyards. The head of the family Teresa has announced a merger with the McMillins.
Now Sophia has to work with Ty and they must each train the other for their jobs. Love learning everything about pruning the vineyard and how she promotes the company.
Story also follows the head of the family and Sophia's parents who are getting divorced and they each lead their own new lives. Murder happens and they try to figure out who poisoned the wine and who it was really meant for.
More threats come and there are hot steamy sex scenes. Well rounded book but mostly love the travel and the vineyard. Betrayal and espionage...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device). ( )
  jbarr5 | May 20, 2015 |
Really enjoyed the book. A few surprises ( )
  soosthemoose | Feb 9, 2015 |
An average Nora Roberts which means it is very entertaining. This one is most ntable for the character of Maddy, the curious, smart and interesting young teenager who begins to grow up in the course of the book. ( )
  Maya47Bob46 | Aug 15, 2012 |
It was a fun beach read about love stories and a mystery. ( )
  KamGeb | Aug 11, 2012 |
Too many dead bodies, too many bad guys, too many people swapping beds. Oh, yes, also an unfair twist at the end. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | May 15, 2012 |
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Take a mesmerizing trip through the vineyards of Napa and Italy as the amazing Nora Roberts delivers yet another exciting, sensuous and fantastic tale of love, murder, revenge and family.
 

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A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world.
-RALPH WALDO EMERSON
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"To family, who form the roots. To friends, who make the blossoms."
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"On the night he was murdered, Bernardo Baptista dined simply on bread and cheese and a bottle of Merlot."
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Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality-- from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job-- and excels at it. But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery-- and Sophia will be assuming a new role. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything . . . but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They've been ordered to work together very closely, to facilitate the merger. Sophia must teach Ty the finer points of marketing-- and Ty, in turn, shows her how to get down and dirty, to use the sun, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard. As they toil together, both in and out of the fields, Sophia is torn between a powerful attraction and a professional rivalry. At the end of the season, the course of the company's future-- and the legacy of the villa-- may take an entirely new direction. And when acts of sabotage threaten both the family business and the family itself, Sophia's quest will be not only for dominance, but also for survival.
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Set in beautiful Napa Valley, California, Nora Roberts's latest novel portrays a rich world of family-owned wineries, complete with enough romance, sophisticated business intrigue, betrayal, and murder to cow the Medicis of Florence. The Villa focuses on the merger of two prominent winemaking families, the Giambellis and MacMillans, and the incendiary combination of the two upcoming leaders of those dynasties, Sophia Giambelli and Tyler MacMillan. Tyler is the manager of the MacMillan vines and the distilling process, a job that suits his frank and no-frills personality. Creative and flashy, Sophia is head of Giambelli's public relations, and her job has been to put the best spin on whatever her family business produces--hard to do when the merger requires that she and Tyler switch jobs, and particularly hard to do when her own heart seems to spin out of control whenever they're together.

Soon after the merger goes through, Tyler and Sophia learn that they have bigger problems than their conflicting work styles. Tony Avano, a Giambelli executive and Sophia's father, is murdered, and threats surface against the Giambelli women. As a quiet woman, Sophia's mother, Pilar, has made few enemies, except for Tony's new wife, Rene. The matriarch of the family--known simply as La Signora--may have knocked some rivals aside as she clawed her way to the top, but few would have reason to threaten her now. When poison is discovered in Giambelli wine, Sophia and Tyler learn the killer is much closer than they thought.

In description, dialogue, and plot, Roberts's talent and control are as fine as ever. But while the relationship between Pilar and David, the new COO, feels complex and mature, Sophia and Tyler's romance can at times feel slightly forced. As Roberts explains repeatedly, Sophia approaches sex "as a man does," which apparently means with no strings attached. And while that does tend to take the "romance" out of the romance to some extent, the positive aspects to be found in The Villa outweigh this flaw, ensuring another hit for the talented and prolific Roberts. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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The top PR executive for the family winery, Sophia Giambelli finds her life turned upside down by the merger with the MacMillan family's winery and her powerful attraction to professional rival Tyler MacMillan.

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