Hi everyone! I am so excited to be today’s tour stop for The Little Vineyard in Provence by Ruth Kelly. Thank you so much to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze Books for the opportunity to take part in this incredible blog tour! Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers involved!
The Little Vineyard in Provence
Author: Ruth Kelly
Publication Date: 25 July 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Trapeze Books
The perfect read to pop in your suitcase this summer!
Ava needs to escape.
Stuck in a dead-end job, her husband Mark has left her with a mountain of debt and no clue as to when he’ll be back.
When she receives the news that her grandfather has passed away, Ava is shocked to learn he has left his entire vineyard, Chateau Saint Clair, to her.
Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, a glass of red with the handsome local waiter Jacques; Ava starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her marriage, to take a chance on a place she fell for as a child – wouldn’t it?
Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Veronica Henry will want to join Ava for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at Chateau Saint Clair.
Are you still looking for that perfect summer read that sweeps you off of your feet and leaves behind your worries? Look no further than The Little Vineyard in Provence by Ruth Kelly, which will have you pouring an incredibly large glass of chilled rosé while imagining you’re in immersed in the beautiful vineyards of Provence.
The story opens with Ava’s world collapsing around her. She learns that her husband Mark is in severe debt and has gone to bed with loan sharks. They lose their house, which forces Ava to crash in her best friend’s spare bedroom. To make matters worse, her spoiled daughter Sophie blames Ava for not wanting to patch up her sham of a marriage.
While staying with her best friend, Ava learns that her beloved grandpapa, who she hasn’t seen since she was a small girl, has died leaving her to inherit his vineyard in picturesque Provence. Ava decides to go to Provence to the vineyard she loved so much as a child to find that it has been left in quite a state. Even though she has her doubts, with the help of new friends, Ava decides that she is going to revitalize the vineyard and enter the Golden Grapes competition to by recreating her grandpapa’s award winning rosé.
This story is about Ava’s brand new self-discovery. While making a life for herself in Provence, Ava relearns her passions and desires (especially with the gorgeous Jacques who is 16 years her junior) as well as finding her inner strength, which Mark consistently tried to mute. She also must learn who to trust especially when the future of the vineyard is at stake, and there are devious characters who would rather see her vineyard eliminated from the competition.
Additionally, there are points in the story where we see flashbacks to when Ava was a child. It’s through these flashbacks that we learn the truth of behind Ava’s mother’s motivations to Ava from her grandpapa.
Overall, this story was such a fun and inspiring read. Ava will have you rooting for her from the beginning as well as wanting to try some of the delicious wines that are mentioned.
Thank you again to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze Books for providing an eARC. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
The Little Vineyard in Provence by Ruth Kelly is available to buy now: Amazon UK
Ruth Kelly is an award-nominated journalist, who has ghosted a string of Sunday Times bestsellers.
Ruth has had over ten years’ experience in print journalism and television. She has a background in newspapers, having trained as a news reporter. Ruth then went on to freelance for the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror and The Sun. Her magazine experience includes covering as news features editor for Grazia, deputy features editor for Look magazine and helping More magazine relaunch, as features editor. She also worked in TV as a news producer for Richard and Judy, and a writer for Endemol. Working as a ghostwriter has allowed Ruth to capture the voices of celebrities as well as ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Ruth is currently working on her first commercial fiction novel.