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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Crush: A Tale of Two Vineyards is a work of dramatic family saga and romantic fiction penned by author Joye Emmens. Set between the lush vineyards of both the South of France and the valleys of California, our central heroine is Olivia, for whom wine has been a way of life since she first set foot in Clos de Harmonie, CA, her grandparents’ vineyard. Inspired to study more about the craft, Olivia accepts an offer to complete her education in France. Here she meets Luke, an enigmatic Frenchman who offers her a whirlwind romance, but when life calls her home to California, the pressures of trying to have it all take their toll on the idealistic young woman.
There are beautifully romantic moments in this tale, but it is first and foremost a realistic story of one woman’s fortitude, strength, and duty to her family. Fans of wine and the romanticism of wine-making will enjoy the sun-drenched moments that Olivia spends at home and abroad, as well as the entertaining cast of characters who work the vines and help her along the way as she tries to resurrect her grandparents’ dreams and keep their family business going. Luke is an attractive lead, but more complex than he first seems, and the message about the nature of real love comes through loud and clear. Overall, author Joye Emmens has produced an excellent drama that fans of realistic and inspiring fiction are sure to enjoy, and I would highly recommend Crush: A Tale of Two Vineyards to them.