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The Sweet Spot

(Willamette Valley #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Welcome to Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, a small town steeped in history and graced with verdant valleys. In the first book of Heather Heyford’s newest series, a family-run vineyard is the perfect place to find yourself . . . and lose your heart.

A summer friendship ripens into something more . . .

The Vineyards at Ribbon Ridge is about as far away from the big city as Phila/>A
ebook, 337 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Lyrical
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Joe Krakovsky
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Sweet Spot" was my first romance (book) and being a virgin, I was star struck. Hence the 5 star rating. Allow me to back pedal a moment to admit it was actually a 4 and a half rounded up. The reason being I will tell you in a minute. But first let me tell you why I loved it.

The two main characters were very likable to me. The young man, who had lost his parents in a tragic accident, gives up his dream to be a pilot to come home to help his grandmother with the family business. T
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What a beautiful friends to lovers story The Sweet Spot was. New to me author, Heather Heyford, had me totally engaged from beginning to end with this sweet and sassy story. Beautiful characters with big hearts and open arms … personalities that you can relate to and love beyond the stars had me turning page after page hoping that Hank and Jamie would finally find their way to each other.

As the story progresses and you see the struggles that both Hank and Jamie were going through with decisions that cou
Becky Wise
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet little romance. Hank and Jamie are adorable. I love the fight between them. There were a few times I wanted to smack Hank but I got over it in the end. The way Jamie just fit in at the Sweet Spot was something special. I love how she doesn't realize she is looking for a change until the signs are all there. The Sweet Spot is a wonderful romance that should be read. As a first read of Heather Heyford I do plan on going on for more. She has a very lovely way of bringing a sweet romance to ...more
Rebeca Buril
Jan 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By Far the most demanding book I have ever read and I simply don't get why the author wrote such a complicated story.
in the beginning, I had to force myself to keep Reading It because I knew that It would have a turning point somehow. And it did. It got better and I was going to give a 3, or maybe 4, star for the book.
However, by the end of the book, the story got really boring. Really. As someone Said, a Lot of blah blah blah.
I had to Skip Reading in order to get to the end.
Yvonne Cruz
I loved this author’s Oregon Wine Country books and was looking forward to this new series.
I am sorry to say that I felt it didn’t measure up to her usual stories.
The story centers around Jamie Martel, and Hank Friestatt VIII. Jamie is a music teacher from Philadelphia taking a vacation to visit the winery of one of her favorite wines. Hank inherited the vineyard after his parents’ death. He dreams of the big city while Jamie dreams of the country.
I found the story very slow an
Kim Vanravenswaay
I don't think I've ever had this happen before. I loved this book and was ready to give it a 5 star rating until I started reading the end chapters. Chapter 29 through 34 ruined it for me. A lot of blah, repeat and more blah. If I were to know ahead of time I would have skimmed those chapters barely and probably still like the book. But wow, they really brought the whole book down for me.
Cathy Geha
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sweet Spot by Heather Heyford
A Willamette Valley Romance #1

What would it be like to be the carrier of a family name for the eighth generation and to have with that name come the expectation that you will continue in the family line? What if your dream has always been a bit different…at least for a span of your lifetime? And, what if you were given the opportunity to chuck the family expectations, make a LOT of money and follow your dreams? That is what Hank Friestatt is con
Jordan Stivers
Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, chick-lit
I really hate to leave bad reviews but I can't find a single thing to like about this one. If I had not gotten it via NetGalley, with the promise to review it, I would not have finished it. For the amount of actionable content, this novel is much too long and drawn-out. The story starts out very slow and continues to be into the middle but the ending is rushed. The ending chapters are so strange. I don't want to give away any spoilers but the characters behave in such a nonsensical, bizarre way ...more
Tina Wyatt
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Martel is a music teach in Philadelphia. she has been teaching for 3 yrs to inner city children. she recently was offered a promotion . Her new job will start in the fall so Jamie decides to take a vacation to wine country. Her sister was supposed to go with her but at the last minute she bailed . Jamie decides to go anyway. She goes to Ribbon ridge (Sweet Spot) in Oregon. The Sweet Spot is a winery owned by the Friestatt family. Jamie lived on a farm when she was growing up and she misses ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sweet Spot is a Oregon vineyard and guest house owned and run by the Friestatt family for several generations. Hank Friestatt had been all set to go pilot school, when his parents died in a plane crash and he needed to come home to help his grandmother run the place. He has put in the blood, sweat and tears, while his grandmother tries to teach him everything he will need to know, once she is gone. Jamie Martel grew up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm, which her father eventually sold, and she m ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

As in many of Heyford's work, this story uses the wine country of Oregon as a backdrop. It is clear that she is a big fan of wine and has an extensive knowledge of wine making in this story. There are several details that the wine connoisseur will appreciate. While I don't hold the same love for the beverage or how it is made, those who d
Danielle Urban
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sweet Spot by Heather Heyford is the first contemporary romance novel to a new series, A Willamente Valley. Inside, I was quickly introduced to a small-town setting with a big family theme. I loved how Hank took his family obligations seriously and how easy going he was. He worked hard on his family vine yard, and it may just be worth enough it going. Hank's decision on quitting is natural. Sometimes doing things for so long, the drive to keep going gets lost. It was lost until a wonderful w ...more
Beth McLeod
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will try to write a review without any spoilers.

I really liked the first two-thirds of this book. It was an interesting story, and I enjoyed getting to know the main characters (especially Jamie, since I am a music teacher), as well as the secondary ones. However, I will say that I hate when a decision is made under false information. For example, a couple has a fight because there was a misunderstanding that could easily been avoided if the two main characters had talked to each o
Margaret Sholders
I am hooked with Heather's books. I liked the wine story line even when I will never understand about wine. Jamie Martel paid for 2weeks in a wine resort. Jamie liked Ellie, Hank's grandmother. Hank owns a lot of land after his parents died in a plane crash. He is losing some help and Jamie helped Ellie in the Inn and Hank with camping and teaching the guests about wine. I never knew there was all that work for wine. Hank meets Delilah from school to try to get his fields. Then Ellie is found in ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hank Friestatt had to take over management of the Sweet Spot vineyard after his parents were killed. Facing his responsibilities ended his dream of becoming a pilot. Jamie Martel came to the vineyard for vacation and ended up working there for the summer. She and Hank had an instant attraction but both knew that Jamie would have to leave at the end of summer and return to her job in the East. Jamie loves the fresh air and openness of the vineyard as well as its handsome owner. She applied for a ...more
Jennifer Blouch
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was assigned to my book club, otherwise I wouldn't have read it. That was based on previous reviews. I was pleasantly surprised! I LOVED it. The setting reminded me of one of my favorite movies, A walk In The Clouds. I mean, a vineyard... how much more romantic does it get?
I found the characters very believable. Jaime isn't your typical running from a bad situation, needs rescued lady that I'm used to reading about. She is so confident, she traveled and went on vacation alone! Sh
Melena Torretta
The Sweet Spot started out a little slow, but the further I read the more I found myself enjoying the story.

Jamie flies across the country to stay at the Sweet Spot vineyard during her summer break from teaching. While there she really comes into her own and works part-time for Hank and his grandmother who run the place.

The setting was described wonderfully and I could picture the inn, farmland, and nearby town perfectly. There was enough information on the wine making pr
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie Martel, inner city music teacher, girl-next-door, and wine aficionado, decides to take a vacation at a working winery resort in Oregon, even though her friend who was supposed to join her cancelled at the last minute. There she meets Hank, who owns the winery with his grandmother, Ellie, and pitches in to help them. I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this novel with an intriguing setting (I didn’t realize that there were wineries i ...more
Bette Hansen
I was really looking forward to this one but I must admit I didn't enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed this author's other books. The story started off slow then picked up unfortunately by the end it was dragging again. Not everything about the book is bad though. I did like these characters even if they did frustrate me at times. The writing is good although I think the story would have been better if it were a bit simpler. It's a nice sweet romance set in the beautiful landscape of the Williamett ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Barb Eck
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hank Friestatt inherited the vineyard when his parents were killed. He has to decide rather to keep it with all the problems or to sell it. Meanwhile, Heather Heyford is there on vacation. She offers to help when she finds out they are short handed. Both Hank and Heather have problems to be worked out if they are to ever get together.

I got this book from a contest on Goodreads. It is an enjoyable romantic summer book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic books.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamie left to vacation in wine country in Oregon for a few weeks in the summer. Jamie is a teacher so that hit home with me because I am a teacher so I could relate with the things she was saying. Hank owns the winery that Jamie vacationed at.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a pretty fast read and I was always happy to get back to it when I had to put it down.

I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
Vickie Fisher
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick enjoyable read. Both Hank and Jamie are people you would like to have as your friends, which is always a sign of a good book. I really enjoyed reading about the behind the scene working of a vineyard. I was thrilled to win “The Sweet Spot” in Goodreads give away, thank you Heather Heyford for the autograph copy.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather Heyford is a new to me author, and I was far from disappointed. The Sweet Spot is the first story in the Willamette Valley series, and is a heartfelt, sweet book. I will admit the story line was a little slow going in the beginning, but definitely picks up. I loved both characters, the premise of the story was great, I'm looking forward to the next novel in the series.
Neva Womack
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this love story set in wine country. Love the characters Hank and Jamie, even though I sometimes got frustrated with Hank's actions. Despised Delilah and all women like her. They give good women a bad name. Thank you Heather Heyford and Goodreads for this book. Looking forward to reading more books from Ms. Heyford.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Hank and Jamie had a sweet friendship that slowly blossomed into something more, even though they both knew there would be an expiration date. It was great watching them grow over the course of a summer and finally decide if they should live their dreams or stay together.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book!
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heathers knowledge of the wind industry as well as Oregon wine country really drew me in. As always, I loved her characters and rooted for them the whole way through the book!
Becky Morris
Eh. Don’t read. It was whatever, nothing special. I normally read books like this in a few hours. It took me a week because I didn’t care enough to pick it back up.
Linda Gwiazdowski
great story,enjoyed the characters,great summer read,enjoy your books
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Heather Heyford writes contemporary romance novels set in the wine country, where she visits frequently to drink pinot noir research books.

Heather sold her first romance series in 2014 to Kensington Publishing’s then-new digital imprint, Lyrical Press. After gaining a following in digital, her first mass market paperback series launched in 2018 with The Sweet Spot, a contemporary love stor

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