Today is the last day of the Karen Aldous Promo Drive for The Vineyard! Today's post is the review, from one of my fabulous reviewers the lovely Miss Holly. So lets get started!
The Vineyard starts off with lead character Lizzie visiting her mother, Caroline. The pair haven’t spoken for five years and never had the smoothest of relationships when they were in each other’s lives. Yet when Lizzie returns home, along with meeting her mother’s toy-boy, Cal, she also discovers the many changes that have been made in her absence. Fuming with her mother Lizzie returns to France, only to bump into Cal. Not only does he encourage Lizzie to build bridges with Caroline but he also always seems to be around whenever she needs a knight in shining armour...and is it her imagination or is he flirting with her?
That’s the least of Lizzie’s worries however, when her notorious ex boyfriend reappears in her life demanding custody of their son, Thierry and her mother falls ill back in England. Travelling between France and England, Lizzie’s life then goes on a never ending roller coaster of dramatic ups and downs...
Looking at the extremely beautiful cover of The Vineyard you would expect it to be full to the brim of romance (and whilst of course there is plenty of that...phew!) there is also a lot more to this novel than meets the eye.
So much happens in this story, I found it impossible to put down and there are some very tense moments. Be prepared to laugh, cry, shout and get angry – this novel really is a rollercoaster of emotions and it will keep you hooked until the very end.
The characters are fantastically written; they’re believable and likeable (although I must admit I was concerned I wasn’t going to like Lizzie to start off with but I soon warmed to her...) and you’ll be desperately hoping that Cal, Lizzie, Thierry, Caroline and Lizzie’s best friend Sophie all get the happy ending that they deserve.
As for Cal...wow...I’m sure he is actually perfect. Does anyone know where I can find a real life Cal...? The characters worked up strong emotions in me, I really liked Sophie – she was believable and just the kind of person you’d want as a best friend and then I absolutely hated Anton. Grrr. I loved Lizzie’s strong personality and her ambition and as for Marie-Claire, keep an eye on her...
There are a few edge-of-your-seat moments in the story, amongst some really touching, heartbreaking ones. It’s the kind of novel that causes you to appreciate what you have in life and makes you think about how important second chances are.
This is a beautifully written debut novel from Karen. It’s witty, enchanting and the perfect accompaniment for a warm sunny day.
Thanks For Reading Lovelies
I would like to thank Karen for being an amazing person and letting me read and help promote The Vineyard, I also want to thank Holly for taking the time to write another review for Chicks That Read!
I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.