Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Decanted” by Linda Sheehan, May 2021, On Tour With Suzy Approved Book Tours
Linda Sheehan, the author of “Decanted” has written an entertaining, intriguing and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this novel are literary fiction, romance, and a dash of historical fiction. The timelines for this story are set in the author’s present and the past, when it pertains to the characters or events. I love the author’s vivid descriptions of the wine making process, and the landscape, and scenery as well as the characters and plots. The author describes her colorful characters as complex and complicated. This is a book of secrets, betrayals and lack of communication. I do enjoy that the author discusses that there are some courageous and powerful women characters. The settings for this story are in southern France and in Napa “wine” country.
Samantha (Sam) seems to be following in her Great Aunt Vivian’s footsteps. Vivian had gone to Paris, before the war, hoping to find what her dreams will be.To support herself, Vivian found jobs posing for artists. When the Germans entered France, Vivian does some brave and courageous things.
Sam is bored with her accounting job for a wine company, and finds that she has a desire to become more invested in the growing, and production of wine. She sets off to France to work on a vineyard, not realizing how this will change her life forever. Sam can tell grapes are ready by tasting them. It is a tedious and long day in the vineyards, and Sam loves every moment ingesting the information about grapes. She realizes that making good wine takes dedication, and is an art.
After a major disappointment, Sam returns to the Napa valley and becomes involved in the wine industry and again works on a vineyard. Little does Sam realize that her deceased Great-Aunt holds the key for Sam’s dreams to come true. I would highly recommend this novel to other readers.