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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  26,484 ratings  ·  835 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
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. ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-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
Ivana Azap Feješ
Still good one :)
Great descriptions, steamy love scenes and mystery...
Recommendations ;)
I liked this! It maybe went on a little long, but sweeping family epics, yes please!

Owned physical book 2/2 for the month
Overall owned book 4/5 for the month
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
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.

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. ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
I Loved this book!

The Villa was literally like the old show or new show Dynasty!

So much family drama, and I was here for it. Normally I am not one for drama, but this was written so well that I just wanted to know what was going to happen next.

Sophia and Tyler are perfect main characters, and so are all the other characters we are introduced. The Giambelli family is big and vindictive. With passion, romance and twist and turns this was a family you don't wont to mess out on reading about.

I loved
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
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
Liza Koppens
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a more indepth spoiler free review in dutch:

I liked this book. Don't get me wrong there were more than enough things that just were not for me, however I did enjoy reading it.
Starting of on what I did not like:
I'm not a big fan of romance's and I don't mean the romance themselves but the tons and tons of descriptive s*x scenes. Most of the time I will just skip them and \ or ignore them, but that will get a bit hard when there are many of them in qu
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
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
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.

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Villa is a soap opera in book form set at a vineyard, and I really enjoyed it. I think if it had been shorter, this would have been a four star read for me, but at this length, it took me a month to get through, because, while fun, I wasn't invested enough to go through it super quickly. It took me almost six hours of reading, when this should have been no longer than four. But, god, what trashy fun.

Though all the top genre tags are for romance, I'd say this is more of a family drama/mystery
The Giambelli family is all about tradition, passing the business of winemaking down through generations. Now, it's time for a little change. A merger long in the making, a final business merger augmenting a long personal one.

But someone has a grudge against the Giambellis, especially, or so it seems, Sophia, the PR whiz of the family. But she's not alone, fighting against an enemy, she cannot see yet. There's her grandmother, the matriarch, her soft, yet steady mother finding a new chance at ha
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I will say that I enjoyed the non-romance parts of this book better. The relationship between Tereza/Eli and David/Pilar felt natural, but I found myself cheesed with Ty and Sophie, I felt this book could have done better without the relationship between them because to be honest, it felt rather forced. This book was great, but I did not feel that the person who murdered Tony was the right person, I was quite surprised and disappointed when the truth was revealed because that fact was just jarri ...more
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!!
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 because I didn't like abrupt ending. ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I felt like it was time for to go back to the familiar, to an author I like. I'm glad I did, since this is just the kind of book I'm in the mood for. From the start there was chemistry between the characters. Add in a murder and you have got all elements you need for a good book. While some parts were predictable, there were several unexpected things. This book showed me why I like this author. I really enjoyed this book. ...more
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
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 Signora. About twenty years ago, La Signora 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 the
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
This was not the book I thought it was going to be when I picked it up. I really liked it, but there was a LOT more going on than I expected. And ngl I am disappointed it was not 400+ pages of Sophie and Ty bickering and then learning to work together and then making out, a lot. Still, this was pretty fun and probably my favorite Nora Roberts so far (not that I have much to base that on). A good read.
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!
Oct 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Two-haiku review:

They're thrown together
To run winery business
Bad things happening

Nice deep characters
And an interesting plot
Enjoyed the story
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'! ...more
* Book read in Dutch.

Sophia Giambelli is the third generation winemaker and her family is tight as always. But when her grandmother decides it is time to take the fusion between Giambelli and MacMillan to a whole new level, nobody could imagine the drama it entices. When her estranged father is murdered and a mole tries to sabotage the company and the fusion, Sophia is looked at to get the family and the business through it was best as possible. With the aid of Tyler MacMillan, Sophia finds out
Kelli Santistevan
Here’s what this book is about:”Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. For three generations, the Giambelli wines have been renowned for their quality - from Napa Valley to Italy, and throughout the world. The pride of the Giambelli family and a top PR executive, Sophia loves her job - and excels at it. But things are about to change at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has announced a merger with the MacMillan family's winery - and Sophia will be assuming a new role. As a s ...more
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