Title: The Vineyard at Painted Moon
Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Page Count: 361
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Step into the vineyard with Susan Mallery’s most irresistible novel yet, as one woman searches for the perfect blend of love, family and wine.
Mackenzie Dienes seems to have it all—a beautiful home, close friends and a successful career as an elite winemaker with the family winery. There’s just one problem—it’s not her family, it’s her husband’s. In fact, everything in her life is tied to him—his mother is the closest thing to a mom that she’s ever had, their home is on the family compound, his sister is her best friend. So when she and her husband admit their marriage is over, her pain goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the brink of losing everything. Her job, her home, her friends and, worst of all, her family.
Staying is an option. She can continue to work at the winery, be friends with her mother-in-law, hug her nieces and nephews—but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can surrender every piece of her heart in order to build a legacy of her own. If she can dare to let go of the life she thought she wanted, she might discover something even more beautiful waiting for her beneath a painted moon.
The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery is a contemporary women’s fiction novel with a bit of romance . This one has the beautiful setting of a vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington and touches on just what makes family and friendship.
Mackenzie Dienes has a large, loving and wonderful family and a wonderful job as a winemaker at the family vineyard. However, the family is that of her husband and the vineyard is owned by his mother and now Mackenzie’s husband wants a divorce as their marriage has not been working for a while.
Mackenzie isn’t sure what she should do, she loves her job and her husband’s sisters are her best friends but her mother in law does not take the news of the divorce well at all. As much as Mackenzie loves the job she’s been doing all these years while married she wants to think that she deserves more in her life than just becoming a paid employee in what she’s helped build.
Mackenzie was a character who was easy to get behind and want to root for quickly in this story. I found myself really engaged in her story and enjoying watching it all unfold as I continued to read. The other characters were also well developed and while not all were likable that seemed to be the intended nature and it made the story all that more entertaining as the drama unfolded and I enjoyed the way everything wrapped up in the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”
Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at http://www.SusanMallery.com.