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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Book Review: Last Harvest by Suzanne Barrett

This is an engaging romance with an interesting setting and plot.
Late Harvest by Suzanne Barrett
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Page Numbers 220 pages
  • Source ISBN: 1935817175
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press (November 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AYDC0M
     Genre: Contemporary Romance
     My Rating:  4.5
Product Description
Kurt von Daniken wants only one thing from Glenna Ryan: The key to making Eiswein - Ice Wine. Five years ago, while working at his family's California winery, she'd begun developing the method to simulate wine made from grapes gathered after a freeze. Now, when the winery desperately needs it, the only person who might be able to duplicate Glenna's process, Kurt's tyrannical Uncle Otto, lies paralyzed by a stroke and near death. Glenna wants only one thing from the von Danikens: To be left in peace to raise her son, Robbie, who suffers from a birth defect and needs an expensive surgery to repair it. When Kurt suddenly appears at her home, demanding she return to Cresthaven and complete the process, Glenna knows the money she'll earn by doing so will provide Robbie the treatment he needs. She also knows she'll risk having her heart broken, again, by Kurt, the only man she's ever loved. But, what if he discovers the real reason she left Cresthaven?
Review: This is a very smooth and enjoyable read.
Glenna was raised at Cresthaven vinery.  She wasn’t treated as a family member but as the orphan child she was after her mother’s death.  As a young girl she developed a crush on Kurt, the nephew and heir apparent of the tyrant head of the vinery, Otto.  During her teen years she has learned the business and helped Uncle Otto as they test for developing a late wine known as an Ice Wine After returning from college an incident shows Glenna that she has no future at the vinery and she runs away.  She has scrapped to make a small home for herself and her son but she continues to struggle to save enough money for her son’s surgery.
Now five years later her first love, Kurt von Daniken, shows up to coerce her to come back to the vinery to make the Ice Wine. She fears being around him and having him discover her secrets. However she will agree to work with the devil, and face the tyrant Otto even if he is ill, if it means she will be able to get the surgery for her son.

Glenna works hard in the vinery to help produce the Ice Wine. Although she tries to be stand offish with Kurt, he is still drawn to her and he is enamored by her young son. Conditions have changed at Cresthaven since she was last there. Kurt is a hard worker too and it appears that he cares for the workers and people of the vinery in a much more personal way than his Uncle.  At very least Robbie will get the surgery he needs but is it possible that Glenna could find a place at Cresthaven after all?

The chemistry and the sensual tension between Glenna and Kurt is very rich.  There is plenty of emotional conflict with misunderstandings and secrets from the past to be uncovered.  The details of the vinery are presented with interesting detail so that you understand the difficulties that the must be faced in the day to day workings. The writing is clear and moves at a good pace with the engaging plot.  I had some problem understanding Glenna’s stubborn resistance but other than that I enjoyed everything about this story.
I enjoy this author’s writing and look forward to reading more in the future.
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Thank you to the author, Suzanne Barrett, who provided this ebook for a fair and impartial review.

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