Here is something you may not know about me. I have always thought it would be so interesting to own and run a vineyard. Yup I know, weird. But everything about them interest me. From the plants and growing the grapes to making and bottling the wine. All of it, so maybe that is why I seem to gravitate to books with vineyards in them. (My husband says that is why we had to go to Tuscany 🙂
I am sure that is one of the reasons I picked up Catherine West’s new book The Memory of you. The other reason is because she is a good writer and I so enjoyed her other book The Things we knew.
When Natalie learns her grandfather has had a heart attack, she knows she needs to return to her family’s vineyard. The problem is that is where the greatest tragedy in her life happened, her twin sister was killed in a tragic accident. Natalie is not sure she can deal with the memories of that tragedy and all that her grandfather will need.
Natalie arrives to find the vineyard fighting for its life. Natalie’s father wants to close it because it is loosing money and her grandfather along with a childhood friend, Tanner, are fighting to keep it opened. With Natalie the deciding factor, which side will win?
Catherine doesn’t write fluffy books, there are always issues addressed in each of them. But they are not overwhelmingly tough to read either. She does a great job of the different dynamics of families and how each one of us deals with memories differently.
What made this even more interesting is how Catherine wrote the family. So often in books about family issues, the family all hate each other. In Memory of you, you can tell the family still loves each other, they are just struggling to reconnect after a death that tore the fabric of their family apart.
I look forward to more books by Catherine and maybe more of them will be set in a vineyard.