PR executive Sophia Giambelli loves her job and has never worried about competition. For three generations, her family’s wines have been world-renowned for their quality. 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.
In the end, my loyalty to buying Roberts’ books the minute they’re released has been restored. Those patient enough to wait for this book in paperback several months hence will definitely be rewarded, but those, like me, who tend towards impatience, should feel confident their hard-earned money will be well spent on this book if they can’t hold out for all those months.
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Although the suspense element was central to the novel, Sophia and Tyler did not really understand that their business was under a concerted attack until near the end. As a result, much of their flailing around was without direction. Fortunately, Roberts’ writing is strong enough to carry the novel despite a relatively weak motivation for hero and heroine (basically each wants to preserve the status quo rather than seeking a more active result).
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Overall, The Villa is vintage Roberts, a grand cru label for the bestseller lists; in expectation, the publisher is planning a first printing of 500,000. Literary Guild main selection; author tour.
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So many things were done right in this book. I had book hangover after it. It is that good. The story is so complex, intense and dramatic, revolving around passionate people whose professions are part of them.
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