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La templanza

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,219 ratings  ·  315 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Time in Between returns with a magnificent new novel set in 1860s Mexico City, Havana, and Spain about a self-made man who loses his fortune overnight but finds his destiny as he works to restore a legendary vineyard to its former glory, and to win the love of the combative widow who once owned the property.

Mauro Larrea sees the
Hardcover, 515 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Planeta
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Karen Kay
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

Set in 1860's Mexico, Mauro Larrea's fortune is gone after a sudden disastrous event. Gambling the last of his money on a vineyard in Spain, he restores the vineyard to its former beauty.

This book fell flat for me and I didn't connect with the characters. Reading was comparable to listening to a long rambling historical narrative.

Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maria Duenas shot to international fame with her first novel THE TIME BETWEEN, which was translated into numerous languages and later made into a successful television series in Spain. Her next novel went in a different direction, and THE VINEYARD follows her unpredictable path. As a fan of her first book, I was intrigued by the setting for this one: mid-19th century Mexico, Cuba, and southern Spain. And as someone who grew up in southern Spain and is familiar with the famous sherry-producing re ...more
WARNING: You'll need an antidepressant or strong glass of something in order to get through the garbage that is The Vineyard.

If ever there was a book that could actually ruin reading for me (even though, CLEARLY, that is not physically possible), The Vineyard would be that book, hands down.

This book is cringe worthy, shudder-inducing, and frustrating beyond belief. I cannot fathom how the author was able to get away with publishing such trash. It makes a mockery of writing, publishing, and read
Mel (Epic Reading)
DNF 10%

Normally I have a rule to read at least 20-30% of a book before giving up. I'm making an exception to this book for two reasons:
1) all it is doing is telling me boring things (instead of showing)
2) the third person narrative is rigid and feels more like a screenplay than a story. Where's the descriptions of setting, characters, etc.

I was really hoping for a rich look at Mexico and mining during the US civil war (1800's) instead it was a lecture on so-so did this and so-so did that. An
The Lit Bitch
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maria Duenas is not a familiar author to me at all. I’ve seen her most well known novel The Time in Between, come up on my recommended reading list more time that I can remember, but I just never think to give her books a second look.

I think mostly because her books seem to be more about culture and heaving than something I would normally read, however when her latest book THE VINEYARD came up for review, I loved the cover and the description sounded like it would be right up my alley.

It’s been
I have not seen yet an English Lang edition of this book, so just a short review for now - set in Mexic, Cuba and Spain of the 1860's, the novel follows (in 3rd person pov) Mauro Larrea, a 47 year old Spanish miner who struck it rich in Mexico where he emigrated as a young man, becoming one of the most important personalities of the capital, while his daughter Mariana, seems happily married into the local aristocracy, while his younger son Nico (at whose birth his wife died and who was raised by ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is not often I give a book rating of one star but here it is. In MY mind, once an author gets a one star Rating from me, I continue to pass them by - they’ve lost my attention...there are just way too many good books out there to waste my time and effort on something that just isn’t working.

It was difficult to keep up with the people, places, things as the story line of The Vineyard jumped around quite a bit with all of those things. There was history detail in the story as well and but it j
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This historical novel has an ambitious range of settings from Mexico City to Havana to Jerez. The protagonist, Mauro Larrea, faces losing the fortune he has made in Mexican silver mines, and sets out for Havana. There he gambles everything on unseen properties in Spain..

Maria Dueñas has researched her settings thoroughly and there is a wealth of detail about clothes, food, the wine trade and more. The formality of the social life of the aristocracy and the bordellos of Havana are brought to life
Paul Pessolano
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Vineyard” by Maria Duenas, published by Atria Books.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – October 03, 2017.

Mauro Larrea has found his fortune in mining. He did it with his own hands and now is living a very comfortable life. Mauro sees another opportunity in mining and has ordered very expensive equipment to reopen a mine. He has staked everything he owns on the project. He loses everything in an unfortunate incident.

Mauro, forever the gambler, takes another risky chance by payin
While I liked this book, I didn't love it.

I'd heard so many amazing things about the author's other book "El tiempo entre costuras" (The time in between that, although I haven't read it, I was expecting probably too much.

This is the story of Mauro Larrea, a widower who emigrated from Spain to Mexico in the 19th century, worked in the mines, raised his two children and landed himself a place in society, only to lose it all after a bad business venture. From Mexico he goes to Cuba and then back to
I won this in the giveaways in exchange for an honest review. A 19th century mine owner loses everything and has to start again. This was an interesting look into life in South and Central America in the 1860s. The descriptive writing was lovely but I didn't find the storyline wholly fascinating.
Historical novel set in the Spanish speaking world 1860s

Plus we chat to the author about the book and writing:

A sweeping historical novel that takes the reader from Mexico to Cuba and on to Andalusia in the 1860s…

The novel is set against the period of the American Civil War which impacted on life and trade in Mexico and Cuba, and against the last years of the slave trade, officially abolished earlier in the century, but still very much part of the fabric
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that I noticed reading this beautiful novel was the language of words spoken and the way which words have been described in every setting. I didn’t know until I read to the end and then read the authors acknowledgment that the author has said that someone lent her a helping hand in recreating elements of the past as well as ensuring language, setting, and plot accuracy. That is all very well an author having a helping hand, but at the end of the day its Maria Duenas expertise ski ...more
Scribe Publications
It beams readers with pinpoint accuracy to the heart and soul of 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain on a magic carpet ride that they will be sorry to have end.
Leila Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of Roses

Dueñas is a gifted writer … A Vineyard in Andalusia is destined to become a classic.
Armando Lucas Correa, international bestselling author of The German Girl

María Dueñas is a true storyteller.
Kate Morton, author of The House at Riverton
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read this title through Goodreads First Reads
Well, I was extremely excited to have won this title and the preview spun a tale of adventure. The book does contain some adventure but to be honest, it never grabbed me. I thought perhaps it was my perception and my expectations were maybe a bit high. I read trudging the entire book. A happy ending does exist, but for me I was ready to move on to another title.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading this fascinating page-turner. It is probably as good as her first novel (maybe even better), you laugh and cry and travel across continents with these 4D characters who simply pop up from the page. I will edit my review once I finish the book, but needless to say, I recommend it from the bottom of my heart.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
In progress...
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating look at Spain during the 1860's colonial period when Mexico has attained freedom, and Cuba is weighing the possibilities. The story unfolds as the reader considers the life of Mauro Larrea, a miner-turned-mine-owner-turned entrepreneur, whose fortune has evaporated overnight. He wagers the last of his money on a billiard game, and finds himself the owner of an abandoned house and a vineyard in Spain.

As he crosses the ocean, the reader is taken on a fantastic journey of deceit and
Lori Mcdonald
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the characters. Rich scenery. It was a much longer book than I typically read and for the first half of the book I often was tempted to quit reading it. In the end, I enjoyed it and I am glad I stuck out out.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I continue to LOVE the stories that Maria Duenas tells! The exotic locations, the pioneer spirit and strong characters kept me kept me enthralled till the very end.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying, I never not finish a book!!! But this one I am putting down after reading the first part (13 chapters)!!!! I just dread reading this book and that's not good!!

In my opinion the characters are completely one-dimensional and lack any character!! Then what's worse is the details have details!! Seriously do we need extra details for a plot that's all over the place?!?! This just makes it very hard to keep up with a story that is all is over the place!!! Too draining and jus
Silvia  Fabian
Not her best book. Took until the end for the book actually get interesting.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as THE TIME IN BETWEEN, unfortunately...
Maite Comas barnes
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed it, but found it a little too sweet. The goodies are too good and the baddies too bad.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
"'That's what this game is all about, Mariana. I didn't make the rules. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. And the higher the stakes, the bigger the fall.'" (Mauro, Location 610 in Kindle edition)

"The Vineyard" tells the story of a man, fallen from his self-made tower, and his resilience in the face of adversity. María Dueñas takes her readers on a wild ride from the silver mines of Mexico to the sensuous streets of Havana and, finally, to the lively wine region of Andalusia, Spain in the la
Zohar -
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The Vineyard by María Dueñas is a fictional book set in the mid 18th Century in Mexico, Cuba, and Spain. Ms. Dueñas was born in Spain and is a university professor of English and Literature, this is her third novel in English.

Mauro Larrea has built his fortune with his own two hands, first toiling at mines and then owning them. But Larrea’s fortunes come tumbling down along with the Mexican economy and he sees his hard work being wiped away almost overnight.

In a last ditch effort to save his for
The Vineyard is a story set in the late 1800's about a man traveling abroad to reinvent himself after financial ruin. The mining fortune he amassed in Mexico has fallen apart, so Mauro Larrea decides to venture to Cuba in search of New World business opportunities. There, his new business network eventually leads to him acquiring a dilapidated vineyard in Spain by way of a billiards game. After he travels to Spain to sell the vineyard, he becomes increasingly familiar with the vineyard's family ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book pales in comparison to María Dueñas' novel, The Seamstress, also known as The Time In Between. It didn't help that it was 534 pages long, has a confusion of character and place names, and for the first half is all about the main character, silver miner Mauro Larrea, and his devastating financial straits. I put the novel aside several times during the first half, a bit bored by Larrea's constant attempts to escape financial ruin. Once he went to Havana, I was more interested, and finall ...more
Denice Barker
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If ever an object was a real character in a story, the vineyard is it. The winery, the house, the vineyard in Andalusia de Jerez, Spain, was the centerpoint of the Montalvo family, but now the family is scattered or no long living and the current heir, Gustavo Zayas is a haunted man. But the properties remain and the history remains and the desire for the land remains.
Mauro Larrea, a self-made man who made his fortune in mining silver in Mexico finds himself suddenly without the funds to sust
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of "The Time in Between" and I was thrilled to win Maria Duenas' newest novel on Goodreads.

Mauro Larrea a self-made man who lost it all by betting everything on a single business deal is desperate for a solution. Not only does his impending bankruptcy threaten his place in society, it also would embarrass his beloved pregnant daughter, Mariana and her in-laws as well as his rebellious son Nicholas’ upcoming strategic marriage. Mauro will risk whatever it takes to maintain the ill
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María Dueñas Vinuesa was born on 1964 in Puertollano, Spain. She is a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Murcia, and is also an academic author and has worked at different universities in North America. She came into the spotlight in 2009, achieving great success in Spain thanks to her first novel, El tiempo entre costuras, published in English language as The Time i ...more
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