”A made-for-vacation read.” (Goop)
“Suspenseful, rich in detail about French food, culture, history and of course wine, the real power of The Lost Vintage lies in its thoughtful and humane rendering of difficult but important truths.” (Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald)
“Fans of World War II historical fiction have a new title to add to their book club reading list this summer....You’ll easily start and finish the entire book in the span of a long weekend.” (Bon Appétit)
“Charismatic...resonates on many levels, and [Mah’s] engaging story will appeal to readers who enjoy the family sagas of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah.” (Booklist)
“If you enjoyed my Sarah’s Key and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, then this wonderful book by Ann Mah is for you. I read it in one greedy gobble, couldn’t put it down, and can’t recommend it enough.” (Tatiana de Rosnay, bestselling author of Sarah’s Key)
“The world needs novels like The Lost Vintage: page-turning tales that remind us both of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. It’s a remarkable novel.” (Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author The Flight Attendant and The Sandcastle Girls)
“Poised to become this season’s essential female-centered adventure.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
“A sensual and heartbreaking story of family secrets, lost love, and retribution that unfolds in the magical vineyards of Burgundy. Utterly gripping. I couldn’t put it down.” (Danielle Trussoni, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Angelology)
“In elegant prose, Ann Mah spreads before her readers a sumptuous feast—a gripping mystery, a heartfelt love story, and a fascinating historical account. Awash in beautifully rendered detail, The Lost Vintage effortlessly glides between the vineyards of modern day Burgundy and the terrors of Nazi-occupied France. Graceful and compelling.” (Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls)
From the Back Cover
Kate’s life as a sommelier in San Francisco is far removed from the French vineyard her mother turned her back on a generation ago. Her shaky knowledge of Burgundy vintages has been acceptable—until now, as she faces her final attempt at passing the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. And so, Kate returns to the vineyard to help with the harvest and study the local wine, all while hoping to avoid Jean-Luc, a neighboring winemaker and her first love.
But Kate’s plans are upended when she discovers a secret room in the basement of the vineyard house containing World War II Resistance pamphlets, a stash of invaluable wine, and the belongings of a long-lost great aunt who was a teenager during the Nazi occupation. As she learns about her family’s life in Vichy France, the line between resistance and collaboration becomes razor thin—and Kate becomes consumed with dis-covering who her family aided during the war.
Told with elegance and compassion, The Lost Vintage is an unforgettable tale about reconciling the deeds of the past with the values of the present.