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Sweeter Than Wine

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Sweeter Than Wine by Michaela August

Winner of the 2004 Orange Rose Award for California Setting!

On the eve of Prohibition, Alice Roye, a young war widow, struggles to preserve her respectable life in small-town Sonoma, California. She desperately needs a vintner for her winery, because without a license to make sacramental wine for the Church, she’ll have to go back to her mother’s Barbary Coast bordello.

Eppie 2004 Finalist

Alice doesn’t expect to marry the new vintner, but, blackmailed by the matriarch of her late husband’s family, she does. Can she trust this gaunt, blond stranger–or keep from falling in love with him?

Siegfried, a refugee from the Great War with nothing left but his winemaking talents, finds in Alice’s arms the home he thought lost forever. But how can he prove his love, and still keep secret that he was a soldier in the Kaiser’s army–the enemy her first husband died fighting?

Will the lies in their pasts destroy everything they hope to build together?

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“…a lovely, imaginative idyll…evokes the verdant luxury of summer in the wine country… [with] a perfect wounded hero… I can’t wait to read her next novel.”
–Contra-Costa County Times

“…stylish… the characterizations are finely drawn and sympathetic… will enchant fans of historical romance who like something a bit unusual…Sweeter Than Wine is a champagne-sweet debut, and will enchant fans of historical romance who like something a bit unusual.”
The Romance Reader

“A marvelous story of life and love in the wine country of California… Everything I look for in a keeper is here: well-drawn characters who act in a believable fashion, a beautifully evoked sense of time and place, smooth writing, humor that adds to the story never overwhelms it, terrific dialogue, and a plot that allows the characters to reveal themselves bit by bit… complex, full-bodied, and memorable…”
–All About Romance

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Sweeter Than Wine cover image: St. Clements Winery, Calistoga, CA. Photograph courtesy of David C. Gibbons.

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