Monday, November 18, 2019

Julie's Review: Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard

Author: Jamie Raintree
Series: None
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 368
Obtained: publisher
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Makes me want to get on a horse and ride some trails at Midnight
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Summary: Growing up, it was Mallory and Kelly. Kelly and Mallory. Nothing could come between them. That summer before college, bucket list in hand, they greeted every sunrise and chased every sunset. Tattoos—check. Sleeping under the stars—check. But when Mallory met Sam, everything changed. Older, experienced and everything Mallory never knew she wanted, Sam was her first taste of love—and the one adventure Mallory didn’t want to share with Kelly. But Kelly had her own secrets, too, until the night tragedy struck and their perfect summer—and their friendship—unraveled. Now, after ten years away, Mallory is home and determined to make amends. No more secrets, no more half-truths. As Kelly slowly lets her guard down, Mallory convinces her to complete their unfinished list of hopes and dreams. But Mallory’s not the only one back in town, and when Sam reappears, Mallory risks making all the same mistakes—and maybe a few new ones—to try to heal that which was broken.

Review:  Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard makes me want to climb back on a horse and go on some trails. The beautiful vineyard setting didn’t hurt the situation either. Mallory left her family’s vineyard 10 years ago to pursue college and then a career in NYC but while she left on good terms with her parents, the rest of her relationships were in turmoil. She’s made good but something in her heart still hurts.

As she makes plans to go back for the planting party  she plans on talking to her former best friend, Kelly to make amends and to see if there is forgiveness between the two of them.  What she didn’t plan for is the guy who broke her heart to be there as well which causes things to spiral in a way she didn’t foresee.

I liked how she had to come face to face with her past and her mistakes and maybe finally put some closure to things that she’s been holding on to. While Mallory grew up a bit while she was away, it’s this trip back that truly launches her into adulthood.

If you are looking for a great novel to lose yourself in then you should pick up Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard.



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