Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Running into her ex and learning he is now married, being chastised by her socialite “friends,” and the constant berating of her pretentious mother, who only cares about the family’s reputation, is the last straw for PR/event planner Margaret Stokes.

She leaves Dallas behind for a much needed getaway and spontaneously drives two hours north to her Grammy J’s B&B in the wine country of Wilhelmsburg, TX. She hasn’t set foot there in sixteen years when her mother and Grammy had a falling out.

At a local wine bar, she runs into an irritatingly sexy man who thinks he knows good wine but is really just another country bumpkin, but little does Margaret know Ryan actually owns the winery next door. Grammy J is pleased to see her granddaughter but makes it known she has to work to earn her keep. Margaret is about to find out what love and friendship really mean when this little town, and more importantly, Ryan, get under her skin in a way she never knew she needed.

The chemistry between Ryan and Margaret is genuine and the quaint vineyard backdrop and small town atmosphere Goodman creates will enchant readers. This is Bk.2 of the "Blue Plate" series. Some of the backstory regarding Margaret’s ex will be lost to readers, so they should start with Bk.1 of the series, From Scratch.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | May 13, 2016

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