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A GOOD YEAR

Book #71
Book Title: A Good Year
Author: Peter Mayle
Genre: fiction
# of pages: 287
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Mayle's breezy, uncomplicated fifth novel (Chasing Cezanne, etc.) and ninth book follows 30-something Max Skinner from a sabotaged financial career in London to his adoption of the Provençal lifestyle on an inherited vineyard in France. Max spent holidays at his Uncle Henry's vineyard as a child, so when he inherits the place, the prospect of returning is tempting; a generous "bridging loan" from ex-brother-in-law Charlie seals the deal. The estate, Le Griffon, is in a dire state of disrepair and the wine cellar is filled with bottles of a dreadful-tasting swill, but it's nothing that vineyard caretaker Claude Roussel and prim housekeeper Madame Passepartout can't resolve. Max settles into his new life easily thanks to the attentions of local notary Nathalie Auzet and busty cafe owner Fanny. The arrival of young Californian "wine brat" Christie Roberts, Uncle Henry's long-lost daughter, complicates matters for Max, but her surprise offer and Charlie's arrival lessen the impact of a vicious vineyard scandal involving a delicious, high-priced, discreetly produced wine called Le Coin Perdu. Mayle's simple story provides lighthearted if unadventurous reading and a fond endorsement of the pleasures of viniculture.


My Thoughts: This was such a cute and lighthearted read! I enjoyed every page of it and hope that others will read it and enjoy it as well. I want to see the movie with Russell Crowe, even though it looks like a lot of the plot has been changed significantly.

Currently reading: I don't know what to read next!!!

X-posted to my book community, book_it_2006 and a whole lot of other places! ;P

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nonickname96
Oct. 30th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
What kinda books do you like to read!?!? I could try to suggest something... cuz i do like a bunch of books! :-)




thepixieinside
Oct. 30th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
I like really ANYTHING, but my favorite genres are historical fiction and fantasy. I LOVE memoirs as well! I am currently reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray! :D
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