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on August 5, 2017
An entertaining Christmas romance by # 1 bestselling author Marina Adair that only forces you to keep turning the pages from the very first chapter and grips the heart to the very end!.........The last thing single mother Regan Martin never believed in anymore was Christmas miracles especially ever since six years earlier , when she had the perfect job, the perfect dream home, and a flawless reputation, but all that changed in a blink of an eye when she found out she was unknowingly involved with a married man. After recently moving in the Nappa Valley to begin a fresh start with her young daughter, Regan had no idea that bad luck was about to re-enter her life once again. After enrolling her child in one of the best schools possible and landing an exciting new job, she soon realized she could kiss the job away the moment she took one good look at her new boss, a man who made it his life's mission to make sure no one in town would hire her for any job in the wine industry. Refusing to move away to a another town to begin somewhere else, she stood her ground for once pushed by her anger and stubborness to a man she totally detested making Reagan realize there would be absolutely no holiday spirit for her or her little girl. After discovering his brother-in-law was cheating on his sister six years ago, business owner Gabe De Luca wanted nothing more, but to rid Regan Martin from his hometown in Nappa Valley for good, and in order to accomplish that, he was preventing her from gaining any hopeful employment in the wine industry whatsoever, but underneath it all, he was more angry at himself for having an overwhelming attraction for a woman he thought he totally despised. Coaxed by his family to learn more about Regan and his sister's missing funds, Gabe decided to let up on her and try to discover if she knew anything of its whereabouts, but with his plan in mind, he had no idea that the more time he spent with her and her small child, he was beginning to lose his sanity as he slowly found himself falling hard for the brunette beauty finally making him realize that Regan just might be the key to all those unanswered questions that he and his family have been asking themselves all this time. Except when Gabe and Regan finally stopped their bickering, the feud between them ended the moment they found themselves finding solace in each other's arms and before they knew it, old truths and lies resurfaced threatening any chances for happiness and possibly a blooming love causing nothing but hurt and heartbreak for Regan and her daughter. Will true love find a way to mend two broken hearts after one passionate kiss under the mistletoe healing everything between them forever?........thank you
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on October 4, 2016
This is the first in the St Helena series, and I have to admit that I read all the others first. Which is why I can attest that this and the entire series are fast, funny, sexy and emotionally moving. Single mom Regan takes on a whole testosterone loaded Wine making family, and a whole wine oriented town, trying to make a home for her daughter and herself. Her chief nemesis is Gabe, the family's head, who has made certain she lost every job she held or applied for in the past six years, because he is sure she was connected to the millions of dollars that were stolen from his family.
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on December 6, 2015
This novel is confusing. The characterizations for the "extras" is fast and fun, but the main duo seems very inconsistent. As an example, the male lead is initially portrayed as a jerk - though all who know him love and respect him. Still, when we are getting his perspective, he thinks with his dick (per author's phasing several times, not my impression) and comes off short/harsh as well.

The timing is hard to follow and hard to believe.... ages and things that have happened in the time that has passed. The conversations are tough because they just don't have a natural flow most cases. This is especially apparent with the heroine's 5-year old daughter. She talks like and behaves like an adult most of the time, but occasionally speaks like a child. More annoyingly, she ALWAYS controls her mother's behavior and makes her produce quarters even when she only thinks something bad for the "Dirty Jar". This little gimmick is carried Ithroughout and is seen in interactions with Mom's love interest even when no one else knows what is happening.

Also, confusing is how this character leaves behind her job and home with apparently no friends and finds immediate friendships worthy of soul-bearing conversations. And yet she never runs into the one person she's not ever supposed to see (until the very end.)

He's equally confusing. And how after a big blow-up at the party for his sister does his sister never learn she's in town? A big problem is that neither one of the primary crutches used to keep them divided is strong enough. It's not believable and borders on ridiculous.

The actual writing is hard to follow sometimes. I found myself saying things like, "0h, he's holding her hand now?" Continuity from one moment to another was hard for me. What happened to the people that were just there? Did they walk away or are they observing?

And then there are things like this: "Regan felt eyes burn through the back of herdress, caress their way down the length of her, and settle on her hips." This is on page 18, while she's mid-conversation at a party. She's not interested in anyone at this point and has no reason to believe he is interested in her - and doesn't even know who is looking at her. Really? She felt all that? Since she's described as show-stopper hot, life must be hell for her if she's constantly aware of this level of attention.
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on November 10, 2016
This was the best Christmas story I've ever read and that's no lie. I've never had such a good time reading a book than I have whenever i read a Marina Adair book. If you've never read her books please get this one and start now. You will not be able to put it down I promise you that. I found myself laughing hysterically and crying and falling deeply in love. Author Marina Adair writes flawlessly and is a genius with words. Her books make you feel like you are a part of the story and you never want them to end. Her style puts me in the mind of authors Jill Shavis mixed with some Nora Roberts and Susan Mallery with a splash of Lori Foster. But with a flare that's all her own. She's absolutely stunning and has written some of the best romance books I've ever had the pleasure to read. So if you're looking for a good time to rival all good times you simply must get your copy today. I promise it will go down in history of one of the top Christmas stories you ever will read!
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on July 19, 2017
I am not sure how reviews go from one to five. The so called hero was responsible for a mother and child being run out of every town they lived in. He kept making sure the mom could not hold a job. That little girl had the first few years of her life watching her mother try to keep a positive spin on things. This is a romance?!!?! I don't think so.
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on August 14, 2017
I absolutely love the St. Helena series following the DeLuca family. There are enough twists to this story along the way to "happily ever after," Even though this is the first book in the series, it was the last book that I read. It didn't diminish the story line at all. In fact, it made the following books all come together nicely.
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on January 11, 2014
So I've finally had my "come to Jesus" (even though I am a devout atheist) and realized that not all books are written equally, and that different yardsticks must be used.

Am I a snob? Probably. And that's fine.

So, using my less aggressive yardstick I liked this (and the other St. Helena book I read) just fine. I am a sucker for the Napa Valley (which is odd as I don't drink), but that area is gorgeous and I love the juxtaposition of the long-time viti-families and the newly entrenched, often gauche nouveaux riches. The latter especially was in full supply in this story, and I felt the romance angle was stronger in this than in "Summer in Napa."

Regan is a mid-20s single mother, herself the daughter of a hardworking and honest Mexican-immigrant and a French diplomat (so her name makes NO sense whatsoever!). She has been hounded and browbeaten for years by the DeLuca brothers, notably the eldest, Gabe. Regan had unknowingly had an affair with the brothers' sole sister; that errant husband is the father of Regan's daughter.

There's a lot of push / pull between Regan and Gabe, and it's kinda fun. I liked it. I liked how conflicted Gabe was, and I liked what a hard worker Regan is. However, her story was a bit too sad -- the author went overboard with the punishments induced by the DeLucas -- just felt like Too Much. Also, how did Regan afford all the money she had to put into the bad word jar (not what it was called but I cannot now recall its name)? It seemed endless how much she was adding and considering the DeLuca brothers had ruined every single job opportunity for her she and her daughter should have been living in a shelter.

Whatever. A sweet story.
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on September 6, 2016
Regan has been trying for years to live down and move on with her life after falling for a married man. But Gabe is determined to not let Regan have a life or a job, he is trying with the help of his brothers to find his sister's husband. He starts get closer to Regan and soon has a lot of explaining to do. Great story.
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on August 19, 2016
Normally I love, love this authors books.....this one....not so much. Only got through about a quarter of the book. Gabe literally destroys Regan's life. I understand the she had an unknowing affair with his sisters husband....BUT, she was 19, no idea he was a married dirt bag and thought he was her HEA. So, she ends up alone at 20, 5 mos. pregnant, no family and everytime she gets a job Gabe gets her fired. So, he hassles her for over 5 years....seriously get a fu%&Ing life. It's like he loves kicking her when she is down.....equivalent to kicking a puppy.....and I love puppies. Again, I understand taking up for your sister....but maybe she shouldn't have married an a$$hat....ya think. Just couldn't finish, can't imagine anyone forgiving his behavior...no way an HEA could be in their future unless it was to other people.
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on October 24, 2017
Love Marina Adair's voice, her plots . I laugh, cry, and smile at the perfect endings.
The St Helena Vineyard Series is so worth your time to read.
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