Love and fine wine go together, but in both cases it's important to recognise the real thing.
Will Honor Brady find true love with wine merchant Hugo Lancaster who sweeps her off to his chateau in France?
Her friend Diarmuid Keenan doesn't think so. But then, he can't find the real thing himself.
Is winemaker Didier Rousseau interested in Honor – or in Hugo's chateau?
And will young American Melanie Millar find unsuspected roots in the same chateau through a wartime secret in her family past?
The opening chapters of this novel are tremendous
The opening chapters of this novel are tremendous. They rescue me from the Belfast winter rain and transported me into a warm hilly Californian climate where I could almost taste the wine. The characters were warm and everybody seemed happy. I worried a bit when the story moved to Ireland but a bit more persistence and just when I thought California was going to be the peak we suddenly moved to the Bordeaux region of France. How wonderful. By now the plot was thickening nicely and it became clear to me that wherever else I was taken geographically I was going to have to finish this novel to discover the story of the ancient wines.
The Belfast Telegraph does the author a disservice with comparisons to Maeve Binchy. I find Roisin McAuley is not comparable to any female author of recent times. Thanks for writing this novel and for anyone out there in a cold wet miserable climate keep this book with you to warm your heart. Reading it is like a holiday.
I'd like to raise a glass to the author!
I'd like to raise a glass to the author Roisin McAuley who is in sparkling form in her fourth novel. Once again she returns to her favourite themes of family, friendship and love but this time she has set her story in the world of wine, with some wonderful descriptive writing. It's a rattling good tale, it keeps getting better and I found it hard to put down. If you're looking for a good holiday read, download French Secrets on to your Kindle or e-reader, stretch out on a sunlounger, preferably in Bordeaux, open a bottle of white, and start reading!