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Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard (edition 2019)

by Jamie Raintree (Author)

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Title:Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard
Authors:Jamie Raintree (Author)
Info:Graydon House (2019), Edition: Original, 368 pages
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This is a novel about two best friends, Mallory and Kelly, who, the summer before they are supposed to go to college, fall apart after Mallory gets her first taste of love. Mallory goes to college and Kelly remains at home with Mallory not returning until 10 years later. Set in the wine country of Southern California, the novel switches between past and present. It was quite an enjoyable, not too heavy read. ( )
  Jane-Phillips | Feb 11, 2019 |
Ten years ago, Mallory lost her best friend and first love. On the eve of a big work promotion, Mallory decides to head home to try to make amends with her former best friend Kelly.

At 18, Mallory and Kelly were like sisters. They were inseparable until Sam came along.
The girls had been planning to spend their last summer at home living out their bucket list. But when Mallory’s parents hired Sam to work at the vineyard, everything changed. There was nothing Mallory wanted more than to spend time with Sam. Mallory didn’t know quite who she was and what she wanted yet but she felt she wasn’t good enough for Sam.

Sam was 24, older, handsome, sophisticated.
Mallory and Sam spent a lot of time together at the vineyard but the interactions were confusing. When Sam had a few glasses of wine he flirted with Mallory. When he was sober he acted like nothing had happened.
And one day after the damage was done to Mallory and Kelly’s friendship, Sam just left.

Ten years have passed. The vineyard is having a celebration. Mallory comes home for the celebration but it’s more than that. She’s questioning what she wants from life. She is about to accept a promotion at work but that promotion will require a 3 year contract. She isn’t sure she wants to stay in New York.

She heads home with the intention of winning back Kelly’s friendship but it’s harder than she expected. She isn’t expecting to see Kelly at home taking care of her sick mother, she isn’t expecting Kelly at her old high school job. And she isn’t expecting Kelly to act like so much damage has been done that they can’t go back.

Now, add in the extra drama of Sam being in town for the family’s celebration at the vineyard.
Suddenly she has a chance to confront her old issues with Sam too.
He’s 34 now, he might be more aware of her feelings but do they want to take a chance on a future together? Or should they just try to get over their history together?

I thought this story was well written and very character driven. The reason you care what happens is because you care about Mallory and Kelly, you care about their loves, their families and friends. You definitely care about the horses. I think this was written by an animal lover because her description of the horse Midnight being Mallory’s best friend makes sense.

The relationships in this story are treated as the most important part and I appreciate that.

I received an early ebook edition of this book from NetGalley and I really enjoyed it. ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
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