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Vintage Attraction: A Novel Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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Blackstone’s debut novel traces the whirlwind courtship, hasty elopement, and rocky first weeks of marriage of Peter Hapworth—an unfulfilled adjunct literature professor at a Chicago community college—and Isabelle “Izzy” Conway—a celebrity sommelier with her own TV show, Vintage Attraction. The reader is regaled with glimpses into the glamorous world of wine marketing—from symposiums and cocktail parties to wine festivals across the country, where Izzy is treated like visiting royalty. Peter quits his lackluster teaching job, giving him more time to hone his skills as a restaurant “conceptualist.” Former lovers threaten to undermine the couple’s newly forged bond, but an all-expenses-paid wine tour of Greece brings them even closer and becomes the inception of their own unique wine store—the reincarnation of Vintage Attraction. Blackstone, who is married to a sommelier, repeatedly makes an effort to equate forging a relationship with making fine wine, ensuring that for those with a taste for both light literary romance and a glass of crisp Assyrtiko, this is an excellent match. --Deborah Donovan
“Charles Blackstone's writing is as much the work of a winemaker as it is of a novelist; the prose evidences the same craftsmanship, the same inimitable personality, takes the same risks, and offers the same rewards in the end as some of the greatest vintages.” (Burt Wolf, Emmy award winning host of PBS's Travels and Traditions )
“If you like pugs, wine, and Greece, Vintage Attraction is for you. I loved every word.” (Gary Shytengart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story )
“Vintage Attraction’s magic is that it brilliantly compares discovering wine to something everyone can relate to: falling in love.” (Belinda Chang, winner of the James Beard Outstanding Wine Service Award )
“Vintage Attraction will take readers on a wild ride through the world of wine.” (Laura Maniec, master sommelier and owner of Corkbuzz, Food & Wine sommelier of the Year )
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That probably isn’t fair. It’s not like Blackstone is a writer married to a… oh wait, yes he is.
My husband says I’m being too rough, and for once, I totally agree. This wasn’t a book I would have picked for myself, but rather something new I was trying, and I failed. It’s really not Blackstone’s fault. He’s got impeccable grammar, a great vocabulary and, per his dust jacket photo, he’s a good looking guy. It just seems to me that though we have much in common, if we met in person we’d probably spend most of our time arguing the semantics of “films” versus “movies.” Add to that a plot resolution that left a vinegary taste in my mouth, and there you have it. I should not be reviewing novels like this; they make me unnecessarily cranky.
Would I recommend it: Though there are many people who enjoy spending their leisure time reading novels that could be true, I’m not one of them. There may be a novel out there that’ll draw me over to the more realistic side of the spectrum, but despite my love of wine, Vintage Attraction isn’t it.
Will I read it again: Decidedly not.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)