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Late Harvest Paperback – October 29, 2010
"... Emotional intensity that will hold you captive...rich characterization...highly recommended!" -- Lisa Mondello, Lover's Knot
"A contemporary romance with an Alpha hero just waiting to be tamed, Late Harvest is an interesting foray into the intricacies of wine making, especially making ice wine--eiswein--from the grapes of a late harvest. Ms. Barrett's heroines are very definitely women of this century--women who make their own decisions and live with them. LATE HARVEST is a bountiful feast for an avid reader, a feast to be savored." Highly Recommended! -- Under the Covers Book Reviews
"Her heroines are very definitely women of this century...a bountiful feast to be savored. Put this one at the top of your To-Be-Read-ASAP pile--it is a prize vintage and an intoxicating read." 4 1/2 Toasting Stars. -- The Word Museum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Married, with grown children, Suzanne Barrett and her husband live in the Santa Cruz Mountains where they share their acreage with an elderly cat, several chickens and an assortment of wildlife that includes a trio of wild turkeys. Suzanne is an avid gardener with a penchant for digging in the dirt. She loves to cook and read, and she’s a certified water fitness instructor and teaches at area swimming pools and gyms. When she’s not devouring British mysteries, most evenings find Suzanne at her computer or jewelry bench, a cup of Earl Grey within easy reach, a sleeping cat at her feet, doing what she loves best—creating stories of warmth and passion and designing pendants, earrings and bracelets. Her motto is "Don't wait for something; make it happen." Visit Suzanne's websites at: www.suzannebarrett.com and www.bellerustique.com
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Glenna Ryan, a hardworking, single mother, knows if she goes back to work at Cresthaven for one season, Robbie can have the surgery he needs. Nothing, not her humiliation, anger, or broken heart, will keep her from doing what is best for her five-year-old son.
Glenna's emotional wounds received from Otto and Kurt von Daniken never healed. However, she feels indebted to Otto who is dying. He had provided materially for her after her mother's death and, sad but true, she still loves Kurt, her Teutonic prince, so tall, blond, and handsome, even though he seems cold and remote.
Kurt, reared by a stern father in his early years then by his even sterner Uncle Otto, puts duty and responsibility above all else. Love is not supposed to figure into the equation of life according to his upbringing.
At Cresthaven, Robbie takes to life and to Kurt who teaches him lots of things little boys love. However, Kurt had no understanding of a child's needing love, affection, or pets to cuddle. He almost destroys his bond with Robbie before he comes to the realization that life without Robbie and Glenna will leave an emptiness inside him that cannot be filled. He understands his need for them but he still does not understand LOVE.
The conflicts seem insurmountable, However, Kurt and Glenna succumbs to old desires that never died. Their need for each other in every way draws them together, but Glenna wants love not just marriage and business.
The mystery of Glenna's ancestry fuels the misgivings. Only with clues given by Otto and some attic searching are answers found that give Glenna understanding and closure for past grief and fears.
The secondary characters create the background of life moving along regardless of hurts, fears, and unrequited love. Mags, the housekeeper, is a steady giver of unconditional love, while the cook Carmen and her son add strange elements that pique one's interest. The workers in the vineyard--from winemaker to field hands make Late Harvest come alive with the doings of ordinary living.
Suzanne Barrett crams a wealth of emotion, hard work, and social interaction into this short novel. The descriptions, introspections, and humor (ex. the claws of the kitten making a prick that lets out "pompous hot air") grabs the attention and keeps one reading. Best of all is getting to vicariously experience long-suffering love being rewarded with a magnificent acknowledgement and a promised happy-ever-after.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Glenna was raised at Cresthaven vinery. She wasn't treated as a family member but as the orphan child she was after her mother's death. As a young girl she developed a crush on Kurt, the nephew and heir apparent of the tyrant head of the vinery, Otto. During her teen years she has learned the business and helped Uncle Otto as they test for developing a late wine known as an Ice Wine After returning from college an incident shows Glenna that she has no future at the vinery and she runs away. She has scrapped to make a small home for herself and her son but she continues to struggle to save enough money for her son's surgery.
Now five years later her first love, Kurt von Daniken, shows up to coerce her to come back to the vinery to make the Ice Wine. She fears being around him and having him discover her secrets. However she will agree to work with the devil, and face the tyrant Otto even if he is ill, if it means she will be able to get the surgery for her son.
Glenna works hard in the vinery to help produce the Ice Wine. Although she tries to be stand offish with Kurt, he is still drawn to her and he is enamored by her young son. Conditions have changed at Cresthaven since she was last there. Kurt is a hard worker too and it appears that he cares for the workers and people of the vinery in a much more personal way than his Uncle. At very least Robbie will get the surgery he needs but is it possible that Glenna could find a place at Cresthaven after all?
The chemistry and the sensual tension between Glenna and Kurt is very rich. There is plenty of emotional conflict with misunderstandings and secrets from the past to be uncovered. The details of the vinery are presented with interesting detail so that you understand the difficulties that the must be faced in the day to day workings. The writing is clear and moves at a good pace with the engaging plot. I had some problem understanding Glenna's stubborn resistance but other than that I enjoyed everything about this story.
I enjoy this author's writing and look forward to reading more in the future.
Review copy provided by publisher
This book was reminiscent to me of the series with the Marcelli Sisters by Susan Mallery which is one of my favorite series by her. Late Harvest was also about a family winery and the family dynamics surrounding the interactions and workload which included the workers at the winery since they are like family. Ultimately this was a story about family and how Kurt fit in as a von Daniken and what that meant for Glenna who thought his Uncle Otto was her grandfather. Late Harvest drew me in from the beginning and held my attention throughout. Glenna and Kurt had a past together but Kurt didn't realize how closely their lives were entwined when he first found her again and brought her back to his family's vineyard to make Ice Wine. There was romance, tears, arguments, tension - both sexual and as a result of conflict, and a happy ending to boot. Watching how Glenna and Kurt would circle around each other was nerve wracking at times and showed the
importance of communication. Also, watching how close Glenna's son Robbie was getting to Kurt added another dimension to the story. The story flowed effortlessly and even family history thrown in occasionally did not bog it down. I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading other books by Suzanne Barrett.