Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.
Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.
A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.
Title: The Lady of the Vineyard
Series (if applicable): The Lady of the Vineyard
Author: Kellyn Roth
Publisher (if applicable): N/A, Independently published
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Fiction
Recommended Age: 10 and up, due to some topics (such as divorce) that a younger one would not understand.
I was really excited to read this book
, and I’m sorry it took me a while to start it Kell 🙂.
Even if you’ve seen my status updates or not, it would be obvious that I devoured this book in one sitting. I finished it in an hour and that was because I was easily drawn into this book. I came out with wanting to read more of the author’s books. This is a book I’d want on my bookshelf: *adds to my buy-books-online-2018 goodreads shelf*
Onto the characters now
Judy was an absolute gem. Judy was a very smart child, in a great way, and I found myself really looking forward to her lines. I fell in love with the child from the moment she appeared. I really appreciated how she took care of her mother, even though Adele didn’t take care of her.
Adele, however, was someone I was frustrated with for neglecting her child. I suppose I was supposed to feel that way towards her since children don’t deserve to be ignored. There’s always that one character I don’t like in a book and she is probably it. I’m glad how everything turned out in the end for her, though. I don’t feel like the ending was realistic enough, but that would spoil the story if I tell you why. (Check out my Goodreads review here if you want to see the spoiler.)
Troy was that lovable character for me. I’m not really sure why he is, but I took an immediate liking to him from the moment he sat on that bench. I really loved how he gave Judy special attention and made her feel love, something that Judy was sorely lacking from her mother.
I didn’t get a lot of historical feels from this book, since it’s set in 1938, but the story and the characters really made up for it. I rarely came across any typos, which is a good thing since I notice those easily. Although this is a christian title, there really aren’t many mentions of such besides Troy mentioning a bible story (Joseph and his brothers who sold him into slavery). This is a great book to read if you are looking for a book that isn’t preachy. If you’re looking for some clean fiction that’s historical, then pick this title up. You will not regret it.
I would recommend this book for 10+, because of topics such as divorce that a younger one would not understand.
The only content I can think of would be mentions of her getting drunk a few times in a conversation, mention of adultery, divorce, some clean romance (no bed scenes, etc. I don’t even recall a kiss, but I could be wrong).
I received a copy of this ebook from the author (thanks so much Kellyn! I really enjoyed it!) in exchange for an honest review. I was not obliged to give a positive one