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The Villa

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  23,760 ratings  ·  720 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
Paperback, 486 pages
Published March 26th 2002 by Berkley Books (first published March 19th 2001)
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May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to steph by: Jess
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
Cumple perfectamente su función. Entretenido, ligero y ameno, por lo que es ideal para leer entre libros más densos.
Ivana Azap Feješ
Still good one :)
Great descriptions, steamy love scenes and mystery...
Recommendations ;)
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-library
This is my only Nora Roberts read thus far. Since more of her works are part of a series, I wanted to try out a stand alone novel of hers.
The Villa is a story of three generation of strong women and the courageous struggle they go through to secure, advance and manage their flourishing family business.
Nora Roberts has a simple and easy writing style; her characters, both main and supporting are believable; and the plot was interesting enough. Although I could not say it is a great write, someh
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Yiiiiiiiiiikes. There's a lot of plot here, and a lot of craziness happening at the same time, and in a way I wish there were less, and that Tyler and Sophie got more time. This is engrossing - it really is a complete world - but I just didn't like that world as much as others Roberts has created.
This book was like a 80's soap opera, and I couldn't stop reading. The beginning is a little overwhelming with the background and casts, but once the storyline gets underway, I devoured it. Tyler, like all NR heroes is amazing. I also appreciate the role reversal of Sophia and Tyler. I continue to love all things NR.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No se por donde empezar,me ha encantado,No quería terminarlo!!!
Una historia bien contada,que no solo se basa en un personaje concreto si no en varios,hace que tengas ganas de seguir leyendo para ver que sigue pasando.
Tiene momentos preciosos,otros que te dejan con la boca abierta como el final y un descubrimiento que no me esperaba para nada...Me enamorado del personaje masculino de Tyler y Maddy es muy tierna...Sophia es igual que su abuela Teresa que a pesar que parece muy recta y seca.cuando
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was really itching for a solid romance novel with a good plot and good character and this delivered!!! It has everything! Italian family dramatics, shady business drama, murder!, family dramatics, two really good relationships that are developed and explored, a family where the women run things! I almost wanted more from Sophie/Tyler, because their UST was so good, that I wanted the same for RST, but that's honestly the smallest of personal quibbles I have. It was a really satisfying read. Als ...more
Joanne Freitas
Apesar de não ser dos meus preferidos da Nora, achei que as personagens estavam bem construídas bem como todo o enredo em si. Uma história que mistura amor com intrigas com o toque das vinhas.
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
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 de 5 estrellas.
Lo mejor: El entorno entre viñedos, paisajes de California y paisajes italianos.
Lo peor: A esta novela le sobran como 150 páginas. Es como ver un telefilm de antenta 3 de los domingos pero de los que aburren. Al final tiene un pequeño punto de imprevisibilidad pero en general es super líneal, llena de tópicos, unos romances emapalagosos y con muchos aires de telenovela venezolana.
El personaje que más me ha gustado: Por decir uno, digo René, es la mala pero es la qua pone algo
Aug 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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
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.

Nora Roberts, me has decepcionado.

Me esperaba muchísimo más de Las viñas de Napa Valley, sobre todo porque me he acostumbrado a que todos los libros de Nora Roberts me encanten, que la sinopsis no pintaba nada mal y que el tema de los vinos me resulta interesante. Parecía que iba para una nota de 5, y sin embargo se ha quedado en un 1'5.

La primera parte de libro me encató, de verdad que sí. Pero luego me aburría, porque el libro se centra mucho en la relación con Claudia y David y, sinceramente
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Odio puntuar tan bajo un libro y puede que el problema no sea la historia, puede que sea yo, pero algo ha fallado. Nora Roberts me gusta como autora y sus libros no me decepcionan, pero en esta ocasión no he conectado ni con la historia ni con los personajes y mira que la trama era buena, pero no sé porque no ha podido ser. De todas formas seguiré leyendo a esta autora, necesito reconciliarme con ella en un futuro.
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.

Ugh! The Villa is not the best work by Nora Roberts. The main characters, Sophia and Tyler, well, I would not be interested in sitting next to them at a dinner party. Perhaps it was all the information about vineyards, but I felt like I was reading the script of a 1980's mini-drama! Well, you win some and you lose some!!

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Julio Vm
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hasta ahora mi gran libro favorito de Nora estaba entre Tres destinos y Valle de sombras... y wow... creo que este hasta los supera.
Tiene todos los ingredientes para ser una gran obra suya: suspense, intriga, romance, buena ambientación... La relación entre los protagonistas se fragua de forma natural y paulatinamente, sin forzarla o las típicas noñerías que suelen darse con otras autoras del género. El misterio está bien desarrollado y desemboca en una conclusión imposible de adivinar. Pero lo
Sandra Sales
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
UAU!! Eu adoro a Nora Roberts, mas ela consegue sempre surpreender-me! Que história espetacular!!
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pt, 2012
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
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Anne Holly
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-away
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
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Prokott
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite love stories, because there is so much more to it. Roberts built an entire world into this book including a strong family, multiple romances, murder, espionage, Italy, and the very lush wine making business behind the whole thing. Reread!
BJ Rose
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maddy made this a 4* for me, and she's not even one of the 'heroines'!
Nora Roberts at her finest.

Though it was contemporary, it was everything I love about epic 80s romantic suspense miniseries done really well. It was a lush, full world with interesting characters, steamy romances and friendship. Ahhh, I loved every word.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Wine making dynasty and what happens when someone tries to sabotage their business
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