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(The Heart of Napa #1)

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In Napa Valley, he who has the best grapes wins.
And in the pursuit of perfection, dreams and hearts can be crushed.

Sophia Stone is a widow on the brink of an empty nest, stuck in an unsatisfying job managing the vineyard for a mediocre Napa vintner. Faced with an uncertain future she wonders how do you choose between making a living and making a life? Between protecting yo
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Published February 17th 2016 by Deborah Coonts
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Lis Carey
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophia Otero Stone has lived most of her life putting her dreams to one side to raise her children, support her husband, and now, to care for her aging mother. Those dreams center around making wine, and she has been growing grapes--excellent grapes, grapes developed from her own father's varietals in the Italian village of Friuli. But her husband Daniel died five years ago, and she's been working for Butchy Pinkman, a new-money guy in Napa Valley. His ambitions extend mainly to making a success ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as laugh out loud funny as the Lucky series; this one made me laugh and cry. Great descriptions of the Napa Valley and wine, and good character development. Definitely putting the next one in the series on my reading list!
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed the Lucky series by author Deborah Coonts. Crushed is a completely different type of novel. It is a contemporary romance set in the beautiful Napa Valley.

Crushed was a great read. Coonts is a wonderful writer. The words just flow on the pages of Crushed and it is pleasure to read. The main characters Sophia and Nico are both interesting people that you want the best for.

The setting is a beautiful area that Coonts captures well. I am very familiar with Napa and Sonoma c
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really drew me in. It wasn’t just a romance story, it was about dreams and life. The story takes place in Napa wine country. I was intrigued from the start. The characters were so believable that I found myself running the gamut of many different emotions, tears, laughter and even cheering. I really enjoyed how Sophia Otero Stone found herself through all the adversity she had to deal with. And then there was Nico Treviani. He was going through his own internal crisis as he struggled t ...more
Mary Wright
This book was really slow and hard to get into. there was alot about the process of making wine which im really not into. altho half way thru it became more interesting thats why i rated it the way i did
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophia is a woman who has always put the needs of others before her own. When she and her husband Daniel were blessed with children she became a stay-at-home mom and took care of everything. Ever since her husband died Sophia has tried to heal from losing him. Now it's time to think about what she needs in life. Sophia's home has a lot of land around it. On this land she is using two acres to grow her own grapes. They are a legacy of her grandfather and she hopes to be making great wine with the ...more
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher via Kate Tilton Book Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.

This is my first Deborah Coonts read, and it won’t be my last. Deborah combines detail, emotion, and realism to create the story and its characters. These components keep the reader engaged and reading.

In Crushed, the first in the Heart of Napa Series, we meet Sophia Stone and Nico Treviani. Both are lovers of good wine but a
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Crushed, the first book in The Heart of Napa Series, author Deborah Coonts weaves a wonderful romance tale that transports the reader to Napa Valley, the home of California's lush wine country.

Sophia Stone is a widow who manages a local Napa vineyard, but she dreams of making her own wine. Life poses serious challenges for Sophia when her family is given a thirty day eviction notice from their home, threatening to take away her family legacy and her dreams.

Nico Treviani is a head winemaker at
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I really enjoyed this new book and direction by Deborah Coonts. Not a mystery, but a story about starting over/fresh with a new project and the possibility of love. Sophia Stone, a widow of five years, has been caring for inherited grapevines from her grandfather, and she is on the brink of a new wine. Nico Treviani is a winemaker for a large winery that wants to sell lots of wine inexpensively, and seems not to care much about its taste. Nico
Karen Voitik
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
>Book Review – Crushed –

>This is the first book in the Hearts of Napa series and ends in an HEA. Sophia is a widow, raising grapes for a man who makes mediocre wine. Nico is the scientist behind the blends, but forced to work for someone else in order to make ends meet.

>This story is set in beautiful Napa Valley. It is very obvious the author is a wine lover. Her descriptions of the palate and grapes were extremely detailed, almost reading like poetry. I am not a wine drinker, so the flowery
The story started a little slow for me but progressed nicely pretty quickly. I was kind of shocked at how much I learned about wine while reading this book. Deborah Coonts really done her homework, where wine is concerned. I also loved the way she took me to Napa. They is a lot of description in the book but it is not boring or filled with stuff that has nothing to do with the story. The story flows off of the page and is very interesting as well as heart wrenching at time.
The book is about Sop
Liz Gavin
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
I love a story told from multiple points of view so this was the first time I liked about Crushed. Then there’s the age group of the main characters. As many other authors, I am also guilty of creating romance stories about young couples so it was refreshing to read a story about more mature people. The topics touched by the author were also not only refreshingly different but deeply moving – loss, family relationships, Alzheimer
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading a book by Ms. Coonts, but I look forward to reading more! This is the first in the Napa series and it does a terrific job of pulling you in as it weaves the story. We meet Sophia who is a widow with two grown children. The death of her husband devastated the family and they all seem to be going through the motions and not feeling. Sophia does have a love and that is the grapes that were her grandfather's that she cares for while she works for a wine maker who would ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate to fly. I do it – it is a necessary evil for both personal and professional activities – I just don’t like it. I started reading Crushed on my most recent trip. Never have I been less grateful for the plane to land. I wanted it to be a much longer flight just so I could keep reading. The story of Napa and wine drew me in like no other in recent memory. I was totally in love. The story was layered and nuanced. The detail drew me in without being overbearing. I love Deborah Coonts’s Lucky b ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I found it hard to get into this story, being in 3rd person which isn’t one of my favourite styles of writing, but once I stuck it out. I started to enjoy how the story progressed, how each character had a back story and how the relationship between Sophia and Nico blossomed even with all the commotion happening around them, they found strength in the other. This book is mainly based on wine, knowing little about wine made this story a learning curve for me.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laughed and cried!

Could not stop reading until I got to the end, even tried to read more slowly so the book would last longer.
Love everything this awesome author has written and can't wait to start reading her next offering.
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