The Lost popular Vintage: A 2021 Novel outlet sale

The Lost popular Vintage: A 2021 Novel outlet sale

The Lost popular Vintage: A 2021 Novel outlet sale
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“If you enjoyed Sarah’s Key and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, then this wonderful book by Ann Mah is for you.”   -- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II.

To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last chance. Suddenly finding herself without a job and with the test a few months away, she travels to Burgundy to spend the fall at the vineyard estate that has belonged to her family for generations. There she can bolster her shaky knowledge of Burgundian vintages and reconnect with her cousin Nico and his wife, Heather, who now oversee day-to-day management of the grapes. The one person Kate hopes to avoid is Jean-Luc, a talented young winemaker and her first love.

At the vineyard house, Kate is eager to help her cousin clean out the enormous basement that is filled with generations of discarded and forgotten belongings. Deep inside the cellar, behind a large armoire, she discovers a hidden room containing a cot, some Resistance pamphlets, and an enormous cache of valuable wine. Piqued by the secret space, Kate begins to dig into her family’s history—a search that takes her back to the dark days of World War II and introduces her to a relative she never knew existed, a great–half aunt who was a teenager during the Nazi occupation.

As she learns more about her family, the line between resistance and collaboration blurs, driving Kate to find the answers to two crucial questions: Who, exactly, did her family aid during the difficult years of the war? And what happened to six valuable bottles of wine that seem to be missing from the cellar’s collection?

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“It’s apropos that this novel is set in Burgundy, because it shares the layers, depth, nuance and structure of the wines from that region.” -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

 ”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

“Ann Mah’s  The Lost Vintage is as rich and complex as a fine French Burgundy — the perfect read for mystery lovers, history buffs, wine drinkers, Francophiles, and anyone interested in visiting the French wine country from a comfortable chair at home.  Charmant!” -- Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of  The Wednesday Sisters and  The Race for Paris

“Ann’s Mah’s The  Lost Vintage is a delightful novel--part love story, part mystery--that unfolds layer after layer of nuance and depth until its symphonic finish and reads like nothing so much as one of the vintage Burgundy wines that are so much part of the story.” -- Tilar J. Mazzeo, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot

“Settle down with a glass of your favorite wine and allow yourself to be swept away in this beautiful tale of love, loss, courage and self-discovery.” -- Shilpi Somaya Gowda, bestselling author of The Golden Son

“A gorgeous novel of French food, wine, and a mystery from the past rapidly unravelling. I couldn’t stop reading and wanted to savor every word.” -- Allie Larkin, bestselling author of Stay 

“Mah’s detailed descriptions of life on a family vineyard...are so robust that a novice wine drinker may progress to aficionado status by the end...Will delight Francophiles and readers who enjoy historical fiction with a twist by such authors as Lauren Willig or Christina Baker Kline.” -- Library Journal (starred review)

From the Back Cover

Drops of Gold—les gouttes d’or: That’s the name of the wine Kate’s family has been making for generations. But Kate’s life in San Francisco is half a world away from the French vineyard her mother turned her back on a generation ago, and Kate has instead spent years building her career as a sommelier. If she has also carefully avoided Burgundy vintages, that has been an acceptable weakness—until now, when she is facing her third and final attempt at passing the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination.

And so Kate returns to the vineyard, ostensibly to help her cousin Nico and his wife Heather with les vendanges—the annual grape harvest—and brush up on her knowledge. Her unspoken goals are to avoid as best as possible both the bittersweet memories of her childhood and Jean-Luc, a neighboring winemaker and her first love. What Kate does not expect is to discover behind a false wall in the basement of the vineyard house a secret room with a cot, World War II Resistance pamphlets, a hidden stash of invaluable wine, and the belongings of an aunt she never knew existed—Hélène Marie Charpin, who was a teenager during the Nazi occupation.

As she learns more about her family, her long-lost aunt, and the reality of life in Vichy France, Kate also finds that the line between resistance and collaboration is razor thin. And she becomes consumed with a new goal for her time in Burgundy: discovering who, exactly, her family aided during the difficult years of the war.

Told with elegance and deep compassion, The Lost Vintage is an unforgettable tale about balancing the ideals of courage with the harsh realities of survival, sustaining love for family in the face of shattering disappointment, and reconciling the deeds of the past with the values of the present.

About the Author

Ann Mah is a food and travel writer based in Paris and Washington DC. She is the author of the food memoir Mastering the Art of French Eating, and a novel, Kitchen Chinese. She regularly contributes to the New York Times’ Travel section and she has written for Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue.com, BonAppetit.com, Washingtonian magazine, and other media outlets.

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Nancy in NC
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Interesting story; twisted message
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
The author is a good writer who developed the characters and plot competently. But the underlying message distracted me from deeply enjoying the book. This idea of taking personal responsibility for our ancestors is such utter hogwash that it destroyed the story. How can... See more
The author is a good writer who developed the characters and plot competently. But the underlying message distracted me from deeply enjoying the book. This idea of taking personal responsibility for our ancestors is such utter hogwash that it destroyed the story. How can anyone embrace the actions of others to the point that it adversely affects their present? An individual is lucky if they can manage their own life and actions. To take responsibility for those who died before we were born is the height if arrogance.

I can''t help but wonder if the author is on some sort of personal crusade to make others feel guilty for the actions of others. Well, this reader isn''t buying that type of warped thinking. I refuse to embrace blame or glory from my ancestors. After all, I had absolutely no part in their actions or decisions and refuse to be a victim of those actions and choices.
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sarah tynan
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READ. THIS. BOOK.
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2018
Highly recommend this book; while it would be a great beach read, calling it that might seem like insult to such a thoughtful and well-written book. This is the first book I have finished in four years since having my first child. I could not put it down, and read it in... See more
Highly recommend this book; while it would be a great beach read, calling it that might seem like insult to such a thoughtful and well-written book. This is the first book I have finished in four years since having my first child. I could not put it down, and read it in about 2 days. Skipped my grocery shopping in fact to keep reading. The story is interesting and complex without being confusing (not even to this scrambled egg mom-brain); the characters are well developed; the portrait of the landscape of Burgundy and lifestyle of french winemakers is really transporting. I found the details of occupied France fascinating and it made me want to learn more about France during this time, about which I know embarrassingly little.
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carilynp
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Deeply Moving, Historically Profound.
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2018
I was truly moved by the historical portion of Ann Mah’s novel THE LOST VINTAGE and how it tied in with the present-day story of a young woman who goes to her family’s home in Burgundy to study for her Master of Wine exam where she learns much more than just the history of... See more
I was truly moved by the historical portion of Ann Mah’s novel THE LOST VINTAGE and how it tied in with the present-day story of a young woman who goes to her family’s home in Burgundy to study for her Master of Wine exam where she learns much more than just the history of their vineyard.

During the 1940s, war is in full force, a young French woman living with her father and two young stepbrothers, is under the thumb of her truly wicked stepmother, and once the Nazis come to town the family is at odds. There is nobody to oversee their vineyard, food is scarce, and illness takes over many.

There is so much physical and emotional pain in this story, heartache that affects generations, yet at the same time, by unearthing and teaching history, comes the hope of regaining family ties and in the preservation of friendship, and a sense of pride in where you come from.
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A. Arey
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Beautifully Written Novel
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2018
The Lost Vintage is a novel that surprised me. There have been countless World War II novels published in the last few years, but this is the first I''ve read that focused on Occupied France. The story is told through a dual storyline. The main one takes place in present day... See more
The Lost Vintage is a novel that surprised me. There have been countless World War II novels published in the last few years, but this is the first I''ve read that focused on Occupied France. The story is told through a dual storyline. The main one takes place in present day California and the Burgundy region of France as Kate Elliott returns to her ancestral home, a vineyard that has been in the family for generations, in order to study for the Master of Wine exam. While there, she discovers a secret cellar, filled with vintage wines. She also discovers the story of her unknown great aunt, Helene, whose journals tell the other story of Occupied France during World War II.

Ann Mah''s writing completely captivated me. The many twists and turns in this tale are expertly weaved into a story about family, choices, and sacrifice. I highly recommend this book.
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Karen Cafarella
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Amazing Story
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
Another wonderful book by Ann Mah. From the first page I was hooked and couldn''t wait to see how the story would unfold. I wanted to know what happened within this family with the dual timeline. I learned about the wine industry as well as WWII events that I had forgotten... See more
Another wonderful book by Ann Mah. From the first page I was hooked and couldn''t wait to see how the story would unfold. I wanted to know what happened within this family with the dual timeline. I learned about the wine industry as well as WWII events that I had forgotten or maybe didn''t want to know. The book shares history as well as love and commitment.
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bill greene
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Adventure, history, romance, and lots of 🍷
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
Summary: two time period historical romance centered on the French resistance and burgundy wine 🍷 7.5/10 The good: two likable heroines from two periods of time. Both storylines are quick paced, interesting, and well written. This story has mystery, romance,... See more
Summary: two time period historical romance centered on the French resistance and burgundy wine 🍷 7.5/10

The good: two likable heroines from two periods of time. Both storylines are quick paced, interesting, and well written. This story has mystery, romance, adventure, lots of 🍷, and written well; hard not to love it.

The bad: the ending felt like it was very abrupt to me and a bit cliche. It also annoyed me how many times the present day heroine “chewed on her inner lip.” That phrase was used excessively and got annoying by the end.
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book_junkie35
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Never disappoints - I''ve loved all of her books
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
Ann Mah is an extraordinary writer, and The Lost Vintage is a delicious concoction of mystery, deftly handled family drama, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of wine-making. A vineyard in Burgundy, secrets hidden since World War II, and two perfectly-balanced... See more
Ann Mah is an extraordinary writer, and The Lost Vintage is a delicious concoction of mystery, deftly handled family drama, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of wine-making. A vineyard in Burgundy, secrets hidden since World War II, and two perfectly-balanced narratives (one contemporary, one set during the war), make this an unforgettable read. Mah never, ever disappoints - I''ve loved all of her books, but this might just be my favorite. She''s one of the few writers who can effortlessly switch between fiction and non-fiction.
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RichardMiles01
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Terrific, well-paced and utterly compelling read you won''t be able to put down
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2018
Just finished! I would give this book 6 stars if I could. Brilliantly realized characters and a fabulously executed story that starts slowly but builds to an inferno. I love it when a book can take you places you''ve never been and make you an insider along with the... See more
Just finished! I would give this book 6 stars if I could. Brilliantly realized characters and a fabulously executed story that starts slowly but builds to an inferno. I love it when a book can take you places you''ve never been and make you an insider along with the characters. A terrific mystery and masterful interweaving of compelling story lines that keeps you guessing the whole way. Fantastic work! Highly recommended. My only criticism is that it ended. (Although I loved the conclusion, I just didn''t want the book to be over).
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Ashlee Parks
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Absolutely Fantastique!!
Reviewed in Canada on March 21, 2019
The Lost Vintage is a wonderful read. I truly felt connected to Katherine and her search for the truth. I appreciated that France was not a kind place in the war years, but Helene''s journal opened up a view that, as 21st Century readers, would not be able to see for...See more
The Lost Vintage is a wonderful read. I truly felt connected to Katherine and her search for the truth. I appreciated that France was not a kind place in the war years, but Helene''s journal opened up a view that, as 21st Century readers, would not be able to see for ourselves. Decisions wouldn''t be easy during that time and watching the struggle of emotion felt real.
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Franniez
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A lovely and engaging story
Reviewed in Canada on August 18, 2021
I was immediately engaged by this story. The characters felt real and I was drawn into the storyline. Ms Mah has a way of enveloping the reader into her work, and at no point did I feel that she lost my interest. To me, that is a good writer, and a good book.
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Joanna Miles
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Touching Story
Reviewed in Canada on July 1, 2019
Very moving story wrapped in a mystery. Very well told and will leave you a little shook in that the very way wrongly accused women were treated after the war is happening today. Everyone deserves their day in court and when mob mentality rules the day, we are all lost.
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Marion Parton
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Thoroughly Enjoyable
Reviewed in Canada on May 4, 2019
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were pleasant or at least most of them. The description of wine tasting was interesting - didn''t feel like I was being lectured. Most enjoyable read!
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Mrs Tupper
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French food and wine with a dash of romance.
Reviewed in Canada on September 3, 2019
A fun read for Francophiles and oenophiles. A lovely novel overall and a bit too sweet in spots for my own taste but was a fantastic read.
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