Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Review: 'Life is a Cabernet' by Jan Moran

California author Jan Moran is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the University of Texas at Austin, the UCLA Writers Program, and is a member of The Author’s Guild, PEN, and the RWA. Her forte is historical women's fiction, contemporary women's fiction, and nonfiction books. Her books are sold around the world, having been translated into Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, and other languages. Jan has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Costco Connection, and has spoken before numerous groups, such as San Diego State University, Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs debuted at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Denmark. Scentsa was sold to Sephora.

Though Jan is best known for her novels, she also happens to excel in the shorter format – the novella – the category this cleverly titled little book LIFE IS A CABERNET claims. Being an historical romance Jan places this little story in Napa Valley, 1956 – ‘ Years ago, after Juliana Cardona’s fiancĂ© was killed in an army ambush, she didn’t know if she could ever find the strength to risk love again. Now Juliana, who has a passion for winemaking, is determined to build her own business as a wine publicist and create an independent life. But when Juliana holds a press event in San Francisco, she meets a mysterious winemaker, Henri Laurent, who is everything she never thought she’d find again. However, Juliana is shocked to discover that Henri is hiding a long-buried secret that threatens to devastate their budding relationship. In order to find happiness and the life she’d once thought was gone forever, she must find the strength to uncover tragedies and face the troubled past with the man she loves—but only if her heart can risk the chance of love once more. ‘

A sip of the style of writing – ‘Ever since Henri Laurent and his family had acquired the old vineyards and winery in Calistoga a few years ago, there had been talk. The Laurent family kept to themselves, which only fueled speculation. Rumors spread that they had wired large sums of money to the bank and were using methods unlike any other winemakers in the valley. The grape pickers spoke of large harvests, yet few Chateau Laurent wines had been released.’

Short, sweet, to the point, and a story wine lovers who enjoyed her novel THE WINEMAKERS will find very appealing. Grady Harp, March 17

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