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The Villa

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  17,288 ratings  ·  459 reviews
Sophia is the pride of the Giambelli clan and a vital player in the family's celebrated winery. But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli.

Family matriarch Tereza has announced a surprise merger with the MacMillan family's winery. As a savvy businesswoman, Sophia knows she must be ready for anything - but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan. They've been ordered
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Paperback, 481 pages
Published 2008 by Piatkus (first published March 19th 2001)
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Jane Stewart
It’s hard to like a story when I am irritated at the audiobook narrator.

The story would be better if reading the physical book. Don’t do the audiobook. The narrator Laurel Merlington ruins it. She didn’t give any warmth to the characters. It was as if they were giving orders all the time. Tyler was not sexy. I was tired of listening and just wanted it to be over. Aside from the narrator, the characters, events, and how things resolved were not as good as they could have been.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR L
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Junkie for the Written Word
So I got stuck in a library on a Girl Scout mission in a remote farming community this past week.

Now I'm not generally one to complain about being stuck in a library, but my job was to sit there and field questions for 3 hours from girls who were interested in joining Girl Scouts. GREAT! I know everything ever that needs knowing about Girl Scouts and I'm really going to entice these girls to join a troop!

Yeah, no girls showed up. And the library only had 5 books.

One of which was Nora Roberts "T
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steph
I like this. A lot more then I thought I would. I usually try to avoid Nora Roberts because she's written so many and a lot of her books tend to be series/trilogies but I was recommended this one and as someone who has been to the vineyards of Napa Valley, I was much intrigued.

And this story was perfect. Before starting I didn't realize that Sophia and Tyler had known each other since they were kids, since their grandparents married 20 years ago. I didn't know that this story was going to have m
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Erin
I liked the book because it's not formula Roberts; it's a complicated story with a large cast and the plot unravels in a way that manages to not be too predictable. You know early on who the villain is, but the mystery is in his motivations and who he talks into being his accomplices. My only complaints: I didn't really like Sophia that much, which is a problem given she's the primary heroine. She was... abrasive. It's possible to be a strong woman without being bitchy, you know. I thought also ...more
Indiaskye
It's very rare for me to find a Nora Roberts novel I don't like, but this is one. I didn't like the female lead character, Sophia, at all. Tyler was okay, but Sophia really grated on my nerves. I don't think she and I would ever have been friends in real life ... ;o)

Then there was Sophia's mother, Pilar, who remained a pale, flat character for most of the book. David was too pushy for my taste. He was good with his kids, but when he was with Pilar I just thought he behaved too agressively.

Norma
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Anne Holly
It's not my favourite Nora Roberts potboiler, but it was readable enough.

I didn't care for the characters all that much - aside from my being bored by richy-rich soap families (especially ones who rant at creepy lengths about "blood lines" - yeech!), these people just weren't that likeable. The "Hero" was okay, but generally dull; the "B Plot Hero" was better, overall, but unattractively aggressive when it came to his "B Plot Heroine", who was dishwater. The "Main Plot Heroine" was, frankly, re
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Jessi
This book is one that I do re-read quite a bit, just because it's pretty fluffy but does include some great motifs like blended families and having to let go of people who don't treat us well.
Sophia is the granddaughter of a famous winemaker. Her grandmother is a grand dame known to all as La Signoria. About twenty years ago, La Signoria married a rival winemaker. With him, came his grandson who has also carried on the MacMillan family business, working in the fields. Tyler has little need for t
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Wendy
As a wine-lover with a sister who lives in northern California, I was naturally attracted to the Napa Valley setting of THE VILLA, my first from Nora Roberts. The merger between two winemaking families, Giambelli and MacMillan, seemed a smart and inevitable business move. How the players plan to work together and embrace this change is another issue. Sophia Giambelli and Tyler MacMillan have known each other since they were kids, their family's vineyards as the other's backyard. The formation of ...more
Mafi
Como fã da Nora Roberts é normal que já tenha lido inúmeros romances desta autora. Gosto de ler este tipo de livros, pois por mais que por vezes as histórias sejam semelhantes ou por vezes mesmo iguais (mudando apenas os nomes das persongens) a autora tem sem dúvida o dom de contar histórias e se quero ler um livro que não puxe muito por mim, os livros da Nora são os ideais

Este "A Villa" é um livro que enche perfeitamente as meididas que qualquer leitora que goste de um bom romance. A autora pel
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Tina
I am an old time Nora Roberts fan who in recent years had pretty much stopped reading books written under her Nora Roberts name, but continued my devotion to her JD Robb books.

But slowly I started to pick up some of her titles again. As I began to read her stand alone titles, I remembered why I had let my reading of her NR books peter off. There was a sameness to the tone and rhythm of each book that began frustrate me as I read.

Luckily this book seemed to break the pattern. It is the story of
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BJ Rose
Maddy made this a 4* for me, and she's not even one of the 'heroines'!
Carla Soares
Foi a minha estreia com Nora Roberts. O livro está bem escrito e não é aborrecido, parece-me que a autora sabe bastante de vinhas, as personagens fazem sentido e até consegui uma certa empatia com elas. A intriga está bem construída embora, depois da primeira morte, já não me tenha surpreendido mais (nem o pequeno twist agridoce no final).

Porquê três estrelas? Porque a partir de meio comecei a suspirar e desejar que acabasse - e é longo - e porque me fez lembrar, o tempo todo, de algumas séries
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Ana Victoria
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Mónica Silva
Opinião no blog http://howtoliveathousandlives.blogsp...

Neste livro Nora Roberts brinda-nos com uma saga familiar, tendo como pano de fundo a cultura do vinho. Aqui aprendemos todo o processo da indústria vitivinícola, desde as técnicas de cultivo da uva até à venda do produto, englobando as vindimas, a produção do vinho, as sessões de prova, os rótulos e a publicidade… No fundo, uma abordagem completa e bem explorada acerca de uma temática muito interessante.

A narrativa alterna entre a Califórn
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Karen Syed
I have come to enjoy the new type of books Nora Roberts is writing. The romantic suspense is much easier to read than her previous romances.

The Villa has a great cast of characters and Ms. Roberts does a good job of keeping them straight and organized with regard to the story. The premise of The Villa was interesting and I found all of the secondary characters necessary and well-developed.

I have to admit though, I figure Tyler to be the main male protagonist/hero, but found David to be a much mo
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Meigan
Nora Roberts is such a fabulous story teller, she not only describes the location to you, she pulls you into it. She has such a gift of making you feel like you know the areas, even if you've never been there. Whether it's Alaska as with Northern Lights, Montana as in Angels Fall, or wine country California as in The Villa. I love this lady. Even more so since I saw her in an interview on CBS (I think. Or ABC. Google it or Youtube it. Fascinating woman. And loaded!) And she doesn't seem to exper ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
It was a bit hard to keep the characters straight at first, but then flowed into an interesting take on a wine making family and all of their drama.
I must say that I found the romance between Pilar and David Cutter to be way more realistic and enjoyable than that of the main character, Sophia. The growing up together as almost siblings was strange and she just came on way too strong and both their reactions felt fake or unrealiistic.
Pilar and David's romance definately saved the book. It was
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Z Russo
I think it's time I finally said it. I don't like you, Nora Roberts. Your books are dull, over-sexualized, unrealistic, sappy, and borderline offensive. I've read a ridiculous amount of your books for one reason alone: my friend is obsessed with you. She's read at least half of your books, most of them twice. She loves nothing more than gushing about what an AMAZING writer you are. And while I personally think your books are some of the most pure, unadulterated trash I've ever seen, I'm not abou ...more
Kjen
Nora never disappoints! Loved the romance between the couple...loved Ty's character, especially. The action/intrigue was excellent in this one and the side characters were also very strong. Maddy was so cool! Only Nora can be so vague in a love scene but still make the couple hot. I think it's so sort of weaving of emotion with sensuality thing. Then you add in the actions...little touches, verbal sparing, etc....outside the bedroom and you end up with a satisfying love story within an well wove ...more
Megan
I don't know how I missed this NR book for so long. I thought I'd read most of her stand alones. Sophia wasn't exactly my type of chick at the beginning. Too harsh for my taste. But she warmed on me as she opened up. Tyler was of course my type of leading man... straight forward, rugged.


((((((spoilers)))))



But I got more wrapped up in the blossoming romance between David and Pilar. Maybe it's being in my mid 30's, but I found their "adult" romance so sweet.
Niurka Marrero Marrero
I actually found this book while I was on vacation in a cruise. After the first few minutes of reading I was hooked, I ended up visiting the cruise library almost everyday to read it. It was a 7 day cruise and just had to finish it before the 7 days where done(and I did). I loved how driven the main character Sophie is, a very proud and femenist personality with much love for her family and the bussines, I liked how both the main characters interacted at first, sort of a love-hate relationship. ...more
Wanda Gibbons
Started this at the Foothills. James and Melissa gave it to me. I enjoyed this story in that the women were strong and that it was generational. The men who were with these women needed to be something special. The ending really is at the end. It comes as a surprise, but there is nothing surprising in the way it is handled, and it indeed ties things up nicely for everyone.

Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for thei
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Duncan Mandel
Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality-- from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job-- and excels at it. But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery-- and Sophia will be assuming a new role. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows sh ...more
Marion Marchetto
I don't normally shop in consignment stores but went with a friend and found myself drawn to the shelves of books. Recognizing THE VILLA by Nora Roberts as one of her books that I hadn't read, I brought it home and immediately found myself engrossed in the world of the Giambelli family and their wineries.

The fourth generation of the Giambelli family along with the McMillan family (their newly merged partners) is poised to take over the operations both in California and in Italy. But a strong st
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Putri Septiana
Well, it's more 3.5 stars, I guess. Too many strong women for my taste. Not that I don't like strong women. But it just too much. Like they don't need men in their life. Like a man is just an accessorie for them, not a significant part of their life. Feels a bit chauvinistic for me. And I'm a woman here :D

I like David and Pilar couple. They just so sweet. How Pilar pick herself up and gather back her self-esteem is amazing. I saw David as a soft-hearted man and a good father. But when he was in
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Nicole
I stayed up way too late last night reading The Villa, but I just didn't want to leave the world of Napa vineyards and wineries.

Sophie Giambelli and Ty MacMillan are integral parts of their respective family wineries. Neighbors in Napa and associated through the marriage of their grandparents, Sophie is a public relations whiz and Ty innately coaxes grapes to grow in the field. But, when their grandparents decide to merge the two wineries and set Sophie and Ty up to learn all aspects of the busi
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Grace
This was not the book I thought it was going to be when I picked it up. I really liked it, but there was a LOT more going on than I expected. And ngl I am disappointed it was not 400+ pages of Sophie and Ty bickering and then learning to work together and then making out, a lot. Still, this was pretty fun and probably my favorite Nora Roberts so far (not that I have much to base that on). A good read.
Fernanda
Mais uma historia super empolgante mesmo ao jeito de Nora Roberts!
Como todas as historias que já li da autora, esta tambem me prendeu a atenção desde logo o inicio.
Os personagens com atitude, criaram a empatia necessária para que as páginas fossem percorridas sem dificuldade.
Juntou-se o misterio e a historia ficou um pouco mais empolgante... :)
Amar
I really liked this book because of the tough heroine Sophia...she's not a typical 'delicate' NR lead, she's fiery and doesn't just melt at the hero's touch,she initiates it herself! Love the humorous exchanges between the lead couple...the supporting couple David and Pilar weren't bad either. Loved that it took place in Napa, a place I loooove to visit!
Erin
*audible version* this was probably one of my favorite Nora Roberts stand alone books. The narrator was great and the story was different from seemly repetitive NR story lines. As always I wish that the story didn't wrap up so quickly, with a little bit of additional resolution at the end. But I really enjoyed it and will listen to it again.
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