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The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
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Lost Vintage has a strong story line, warm and vivid voices and interweaving plots that hold the reader's interest tenaciously. It tells the story of a young woman of French descent who uncovers family secrets and rediscovers love, set in a Burgundy vineyard. Ann Mah's descriptions of the land, the old stone buildings and the terroir -- the fierce relationship of belonging between people and place -- are beautifully done. Threads of hate and resentment from the Nazi occupation of France are put to solid use. I particularly admired the portrait of Madame, the stepmother, whose ruthless self-regard was perfectly drawn. Less effective was the use of the journal pages, which annulled any tension in the plot by revealing the truth of what happened in the 1940s, while the protagonist is still investigating. In all, a fun read, and Mah gets France right.

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Reading Progress

June, 2018 – Started Reading
Finished Reading
June 22, 2018 – Shelved

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