Rose's Vintage by Kayte Nunn *Guest Post, Review & Giveaway*
I'd like to introduce you to Kayte Nunn, who has just released her debut novel, Rose's Vintage. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom for your chance to win one of two paperback copies of Rose's Vintage (open to Australian residents only). Handing the reins over to Kayte.
Without being really aware of it, I have always written - diaries, bad poetry, little bits of stories and so on. After studying English and Publishing at university I worked in book publishing as an assistant and then an editor. Realising that I wanted to do more of my own writing, I went to work in magazines, first as a features writer, a copy editor and then an editor.
I have been a freelance features writer and project editor for five years, and it was during this time that I began to write fiction. ROSE'S VINTAGE came about as I was musing one day what it would be like to arrive in Australia and find it completely unlike anything you'd expected. Its vineyard setting came about as a result of many visits to wineries during the years I edited Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine. I loved the sense of community I found in these regions, and wanted to capture that in the novel.
I have finished a second book in the series, called The Angel's Share (yet to be published), and both books sold at auction to Piper verlag in Germany.
I am currently working on my third novel, a historical thriller.
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Rose's Vintage by Kayte NunnBritish blow-in, Rose Bennett, is heartbroken, overweight, irritable and a long way from home. She isn’t sure what exactly she’s doing at Kalkari Wines in the Australian Shingle Valley – it’s the middle of winter and far from the lush, romantic vineyard setting she’d been expecting.
Her brother thinks she’s spying for him, her bad-tempered new boss thinks she’s the au pair and the nanny can’t wait for her to clean the place up.
Discovering pagan bonfire ceremonies, bizarre winemaking practices and a valley full of eccentric locals, Rose just wishes she’d ended up somewhere a bit warmer. But as the weather improves, the valley reveals its beauty, and Rose starts to fall in love: with the valley, the wines, the two children she’s helping to look after, and one of the men there.
When her boss’s estranged wife returns and her brother descends, wanting answers, Rose is forced to make the hardest decision of her life.
This is the latest in the string of lighthearted Aussie vineyard romances that I've read. I love them and keep coming back for more. I thought I had this one all figured out, but Kayte threw a few twists at me to keep me on my toes.
I loved Rose, although I wanted to talk some sense into her at times. If she wants some warm Aussie weather, she can come visit me in Darwin! The kids were adorable and the ex-wife a manipulative psycho, the perfect mix to keep things entertaining.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
- Where: Author Invitation
- Format: ebook