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I introduce a dramatic second chance story called The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra
In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines with the grapes that Uriel Macon’s family has carefully tended for generations. Uriel Macon, the winery’s young widower, steers clear of complicated relationships other than the one he’s developed with the horse he rides daily. He plans to stick to the lonely comfort of wine and horses forever, but for a chance encounter with the wealthy local, Jim Scanlon. Uriel is reminded of his love affair with Jim’s daughter Amanda years ago, that ended abruptly, and mysteriously.
Amanda Scanlon is simultaneously pulled back to Sonoma after years of traveling, due to a family crisis. in the Scanlon’s Spanish villa high above the valley, Amanda faces the broken relationships she left behind. An anthropologist by training, Amanda’s instinct is to demand the truth concerning her parent’s complicated history and her own parentage. But Amanda’s unveiling of the past has devastating consequences, and the Scanlon’s lives are changed forever. In contrast to the setting of California’s beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Scanlon’s struggle to face harsh challenges with dignity and grace, over the course of one year. Their fate is surprisingly intertwined with the Macon’s. Both Amanda and Uriel stretch to take care of their families as they face immigration, divorce, loss, and illness. As they navigate these challenges, they must decide whether they trust themselves to love again, or to finally let each other go.
A Sonoma local, Joanell Serra offers a debut novel that is captivating, poignant, and uplifting story, demonstrating that the seed planted long ago continue to grow. Sometimes into a strangling weed, sometimes offering a bountiful harvest.
The story was beautifully written, and as a California native, it felt like I was at the winery, and was a fly on the wall watching the characters come to life.
The feeling was a combination of drama and romance. Uriel is the character that seems tough because of what he has gone through. You will love him.
I hope you enjoy The Vines We Planted like I did. I give it 5/5.
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