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Length: 276 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"a real page turner of a story full of teasing clues and cliff-hanging suspense...a triumph of a little book, immensely readable and with the added interest of its back-story for the wine buff. Highly recommended." - Tom Cannavan, wine journalist


"This is a book I wanted to finish and yet was enjoying the journey so much that I forced myself to ration the chapters to make it last longer. I just hope this is the first of many such books from this very talented writer with a mastery of bitter-sweet tales." - Peter F May, Wine Editor, BellaOnline

About the Author

Patrick Hilyer, author of the award-winning wine travel guide French Vineyards, lives and works in France. He and his wife own a restaurant in Normandy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Bob Publishing; 4 edition (November 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ANQWVC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Hilyer, author of the award-winning wine travel guide French Vineyards, lives and works in France. He and his wife own a restaurant in Normandy.

In praise of French Vineyards...

"a wonderful book, full of information and enchantment" Heimburger's European Traveller

"a vicarious travel adventure" Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine

"enticing and indispensable" Jonathan Ray, wines editor, Daily Telegraph

"recommendations from all the French wine regions" Jim Budd, independent wine journalist and chairman of The Circle of Wine Writers

In praise of Broke the Grape's Joy...

"a real page turner of a story full of teasing clues and cliff-hanging suspense...a triumph of a little book, immensely readable and with the added interest of its back-story for the wine buff. Highly recommended." Tom Cannavan, wine journalist

"What a delighful, heartwarming novel it is. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Peter May, Wines Editor, BellaOnline

"full-bodied, spicy with fascinating and fruity overtones." John Walker, Author of The Jagermeister's Apprentice

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CarolinaGirl on June 6, 2012
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As a parent of an autistic child the book description really caught my attention. Normally I prefer a faster paced story, however, as I got into it I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I am very much looking forward to the sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cori67 on October 15, 2012
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Jeanne, or Jean (depending on whether she is in England or France) owns a struggling vineyard in the village of Saint-Emilion. As much as she loves the vineyard she has real concerns about keeping it. First her husband is killed tragically in an auto accident, and then her father in law dies, leaving her alone to care for the vineyard. But she is no victim, and gets on with the work at hand.

Andrew enters her world unexpectedly and everything changes, and not all for the good. Is he the man she thinks he is? What about the local student Aimee who came to intern at the vineyard?

Unlike many mystery stories that rush from scene to scene with action, this novel is slower paced, and that perfectly sets the mood and setting of this book. I honestly fell in love with Jeanne, and Andrew. They were sensitively written and definitely true to life. Archie was a wonderful addition - and I loved the wine descriptions that he uses.

Patrick Hilyer brings a unique industry to life. I love wine, but know next to nothing about the process to make it. I loved learning some more about this fine process from an expert.

I cannot wait for 2013 when the sequel is released!
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The Kindle Xmas present arrived and Broke the Grape's Joy was my "first read". It is also the first fiction book that I have probably read for two years - and what a good choice! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it made a seemless introduction to Kindle.

The author combined eloquence with an easy reading style with an ability to draw the reader into wanting to read on, and the attention to detail is evident - good to see Le Mont St Michel got a mention, and of course the Normandy rain! The underlying themes of wine, love, pain and tragedy make the words spring from the page and to misquote Brecht "old and new wisdom mix admirably."

From a psychological point of view the process and pain of grief, Asperger's Syndrome, and terminal illness etc are all accurately and sensitively used and add a human dimension to the book that many will recognise in themselves.

I love the twists in the book ..... I'm wondering what is left in store for the sequel which I am eagerly awaiting!

I'm sure Broke the Grape's Joy will please a wide readership from wine buffs to lovers of "who dunnits" as well of course as the large group of English-speaking expats in France and those in the UK who love France and all it has to offer - this book really adds to this particular genre of literature - watch out Peter Mayle and George East!
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By Wandaful on July 23, 2013
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It was good insite into the winery business, from start to finish. Interesting character development, though I wasn't crazy about the ending.
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