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Late Summer in the Vineyard

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  658 ratings  ·  80 reviews

Escape to the South of France with A VINE ROMANCE - the irresistible new romantic novel from Jo Thomas, award-winning author of ebook runaway bestseller THE OYSTER CATCHER and THE OLIVE BRANCH.

For Emmy Bridges, life hasn't exactly gone to plan. She is working in a dead end job, earning almost nothing and to top it all - she is thirty-two and still lives with her Dad. But

Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published August 11th 2016 by Review (first published January 28th 2016)
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Kacey Kells
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘Late Summer in the Vineyard’ is not just a book of love; it’s not just about a woman who falls for a man. Yes, of course, there’s a budding love affair; but there is much more!
Emmy, an English woman in her mid-thirties who devoted her life to helping her Dad (since her Mom’s death), will ultimately find the man of her life, her soulmate. But, first and foremost, she’ll start a new life; she’ll fall in love with France, winery, wine-making… and a frail old French woman (the owner of ‘Clos Beaum
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Late Summer in the Vineyard is a sweet romance about two people who never through they will find love. One day Emmy Bridges came home to find out that she could lose the family home because they were behind in payments. Emmy did not know what to do to pay the outstanding debt until an unexpected job opportunity came along to work in a winery in France. In France, Emmy meets Isaac the new travelling wine man for Featherstone Winery. Readers of Late Summer in the Vineyard will laugh and cry throug ...more
Linda Hill
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With her depressed Dad relying on her to cover the arrears on the mortgage and the bailiffs at the door, Emmy needs to earn some money fast so when fate sends her to France this could be the boost she needs – or just another disaster.

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas (you can read my review here I wondered whether this latest book would match such an enjoyable reading experience but she has done it again. Late Summer in the
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 16%

I didn't like it— from the prologue the main character seemed annoying, and then a man appeared in her bed when she was showering and she just is like, 'well, guess i'll need a new room and never mind the invasion of my privacy or anything'.
Hannah Symonds
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant read once again from Jo Thomas. I was excited to get a copy of this book as I have read Jo's previous novels (The oyster catcher and the olive branch) and really enjoyed them. The cover looks stunning and so summery. I finished this book in a few days as I just did not want to put it down it was so good.

My heart went out to Emmy at some points in this book but she did make em chuckle a few times. I felt like I was there with her feeling the warmth on my skin and the taste of th
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then I will receive a book for review, that I know I have to start at the earliest possible convenience. At its always a pleasure when I follow my gut feeling like I did with Late Summer in the Vineyard as it was pure delight to read.

I have spent a memorable half day, transported to Bordeaux, and been taught all about the wine making process, from Emmy who needs to learn to follow her instincts.

Emmy is a wonderful main character, she makes a brave if not stupid decision as early
Nicola Clough
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to this book coming out and it certainly didn't disappoint me at all. From the first page I was gripped and wanted to read more to find out what was happening. Excellent characters and had you wanting to keep reading. Emmy lived at home with her dad who did nothing after loosing his wife and they had both lost contact with the sister. She had a job that was going know where but she was given the chance to go to France and learn about wine so she could then come back ...more
Alison Winter
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was bit slow to start but once you get into it there was no putting it down. I found myself willing Emmy the main character to do well and make a vintage wine that would put Clos Beaumont on the map.

Just like other Jo Thomas books the details and in-depth knowledge she describes really made me feel.I was in the vineyard with Emmy.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly I've finished Jo Thomas' book Late Summer in the Vineyard very quickly. The book is about Emmy, who's family is really broke. When she gets the chance to go to Paris to work for a wine-maker she takes it and hopes she can earn money to pay of their debts. There she meets Charlie, who is her new boss and both start to fancy each other, but Emmy is not sure about Charlie. Then she meets Madame Beaumont and Emmy's life gets a new turn.

The book picked up really slow and I was so sure th
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, poignant and beautifully written story about an 'ordinary' woman who finds new hope in the vineyards of the Dordogne. I could taste and smell the wine!
Wow just wow !! If I could give this book ten stars I absolutely wouldn't hesitate. Since picking up the oyster catcher and giving it ago and absolutely loving it i have read all Jo Thomas's books, as not one has ever disappointed and that's exactly what happened when I started reading this, i simply couldn't put it down i didn't want to even sleep I just wanted to read and read and read and once again I'm blown away! Jo thomas is such a talented and special writer she has a way of making you wa ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Fab, fun, lighthearted read. 4.5 stars as it doesn't quite hit perfect for me but it's not far off
Book Gannet
This is such a perfect summer read, rich with wine and warmth, dreams and a life-changing experience for Emmy. There’s also a sprinkling of romance, some unexpected friendships and plenty of je ne sais quoi.

Emmy’s life is stale and stagnated. Somewhere along the way she’s wound up in a dead end job that she’s too nice for, taking care of a father who has given up on life, struggling to pay the mortgage on a house that isn’t her own. Everything is becoming too much for her when an unexpected oppo
Zoe Hartgen
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5star
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I've falling in love with this book. Beautifully written, superb characters, a gorgeous setting, and friends found.

Emmy and Isaac are fantastic main characters, with chemistry that is an instant hit. All other characters are wonderful additions, all adding a something special to the book.

A must read for wine lovers. It's perfect for settling down with on a late summers evening with a glass - or 2 - of wine.
Sarah W
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved Jo's other books especially The Oyster Catcher (if you haven't read it - do it's fab), but this was long, drawn out and actually quite boring. It's just way too predictable and frankly Emmy is a drip of a character. Sorry jo, this one just wasn't for me. Most people seem to adore it though!
Liz Fenwick
Loved it. It's delicious. Wine + Love = perfect summer read.
Emma Crowley
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jo Thomas’s third book Late Summer in the Vineyard is in my opinion her best yet and that’s saying something considering I adored her previous two books. Jo is a natural born storyteller who has such a way with words that you feel as if you are transported to whatever setting she is writing about and that you have known the characters all your life. Whether you have been to that area before or not as in my case by the end of the book you feel like you have taken a holiday in France or Italy and ...more
Sara Clifford-gray
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emmy works in a call centre and is struggling through life after the death of her mother. She lives with her dad who never fully recovered from his grief, and her sister Jody left to marry a wealthy businessman and distance herself from her working class family.

When the bailiffs come knocking on the door, Emmy knows that she has to up her game to try and save the family home which has gathered arrears on the mortgage. She talks herself onto a training programme in France for a wine merchant, whi
Julie Spratt
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favourite book of my summer. Emmy Bridges does a lot for other people but constantly gives up all of her opportunities and relationships for her Dad. He could not cope when his wife died as he blames himself. Emmy makes a mess up at her workplace and is worried that she will be sacked. She cannot let this happen as the mortgage on her family home is in arrears and she cannot let the last reminders of her Mum disappear. She speaks up before she is sacked and ends up going to w ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received Late Summer in the Vineyard as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Emmy, a mid-30s Englishwoman, is sent to Bordeaux to assist with sales for Featherstone's, a new client. Having spent much of her adulthood taking care of her widowed father, she relishes the change in scenery and the opportunity to learn a new (and romantic) business. Though she hits some snags, both in her professional education and her budding personal relationships,

I did appreciate that the story centered on Emmy, and no
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Jo Thomas is a British writer (former reporter) who writes food-themed novels. I picked this one up because it looked like a light nice book for summer (although a tad long for summer reading. 462 pgs) When I started reading it I thought “Oh, no. Another silly woman taken advantage of by a boyfriend now bemoaning her fate” book. .. I almost stopped reading. … I’m glad I didn’t. Emmy Bridges, the main character was a bit of a sad-sack at first, but after taking a chance and avoiding being fired f ...more
Shereen Lang
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is about Emmy, who's family is really broke. When she gets the chance to go to Paris to work for a wine-maker she takes it and hopes she can earn money to pay of their debts. There she meets Charlie, who is her new boss and both start to fancy each other, but Emmy is not sure about Charlie. Then she meets Madame Beaumont and Emmy's life gets a new turn.

The book picked up really slow and I was so sure that I won't like the book as much as I wanted to. But suddenly the book got so interes
Nikki Brown
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jo-thomas
This is the 2nd of this authors books I've read, and I know I will read the rest of them. Her writing transported me to Summer in France, to vineyards full of vines with grapes readying themselves for harvesting and small village bistros with excellent food and local wines.

Emmy, in her last chance with her job as a call centre operative, is sent to France as part of a team to learn about a new contract. The 3 people she goes with are all from different teams within the company. Emmy knows nothin
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this has been a delightful and enjoyable read from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to France, getting to know all of the characters, some of them nice and some to be suspicious of.

Whilst reading this story, I certainly wasn't expecting to learn all the ins and outs of making wine, so that was an interesting bonus.

Jo Thomas was a new author for me, but I've thoroughly loved reading this and so I will definitely be looking to read the rest of her books and looking forward to re
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have to say I was quite disappointed with this book. I read Jo's other book The Oyster Catcher a few years back and absolutely loved it so this book was a little underwhelming. I felt the story dragged on for far too long and the main character Emmy really irritated me for the first 60% of the book. The writing felt a bit sloppy as well, a lot of repetition of the same phrases which was unnecessary. I love chick lit usually but this book really let me down
Nicki Ramsay
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found a new favourite author! I received Late Summer in the Vineyard as part of a Goodreads giveaway and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The story centres on Emmy who finds her life takes an unexpected turn when she goes to the vineyards of France as part of a work placement. The writing is humorous with a flowing, interesting plot and I even learned a bit about wine making! I am now starting to read one of the author's other books 'The Oyster Catcher' as I liked this one so much.
Elaine Young
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas
I received the kindle edition of the book from Amazon in a goodreads giveaway.

Never having read anything by this author before, I didn't know what to expect. However I was pleasantly surprised to discover a great summer read that was well written, fun, quick paced with endearing characters and a terrific setting in the south of France. Throw in learning about wine making and a little romance and you have a very entertaining novel.

Cat Lumb
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I wasn't all that keen on Emmy when I started to read - indecisive, fearful, and more than a little skittish, but by the end I wished I had her chuzpah and admired her caring nature. Yes, there is some predictability to the budding romance aspect of this novel, but there is lots more packed into it besides. A fantastically relaxing read that makes me want to visit France and fall in love with French wine.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness I don't know whether I was in a particularly emotional state reading this book but it made me cry SO many times over the course of the story I felt as if I needed to buy shares in Kleenex!

I don't want to give away anything and the plot is described on the back cover so all I will say is that the book is a well crafted story and a great read.
Stacy Redmond
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is now one of my favourites, I loved it that much. You know a book is special when an old woman on a mobility scooter using an IPad as a sat nav makes you both laugh and cry at the same time. Beautifully written and so very much alive as you read it. I might just start it all over again. :) xx
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