PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing
“Fate has an interesting way of guiding your hand until you find your way.”
Before she moves from Maine to Long Island’s North Fork to become a winemaker’s assistant, Ashley Jayden (AJ) Hayes probably would have questioned the role fate and serendipity played in her life. AJ is a woman who navigates with a plan, and when Harvest Road begins, she’s en route to fulfilling her dream of becoming a certified sommelier by adding hands-on experience at Arrowhead Vineyard to her formal education.
Even though AJ’s plan means her fiancée Taylor Murphy will be living hundreds of miles away in Washington D.C, she doesn’t flinch. A wholehearted believer that this short-term sacrifice will lead to long-term happiness, AJ is committed to immersing herself in the vineyard life of Long Island Wine Country.
Her plan doesn’t include Kyle Murano, the chef and soon-to-be-ex-husband of socialite Elena Blake, whose presence interrupts her hardworking but carefree days. Soon, AJ is no longer simply driving around sun-splattered Long Island Wine Country in her Mini Cooper, exploring the shops and restaurants around her temporary seaside village apartment and learning everything she can from her mentor, Arrowhead’s owner and winemaker Skylar Bell. The very idea of Kyle catapults AJ into unknown territory, a foreign landscape of intense spiritual and physical attraction and, because of her usual steady compass, confusion.
Dinners, long drives and intimate moments amid the vines set the stage for them to surrender to their escalating connection. AJ is reluctant yet unable to resist, even as she grapples with the guilt of betraying Taylor and keeping secrets from her parents. She describes being around him as “like the drought was over, and I got to swim in the sea of Kyle Murano . . .”
Soon AJ’s internal struggles are compounded by external influences, a string of mysterious crimes. The break-in at her apartment and vandalized Mini Cooper are only the beginning of prideful Elena’s attempts at vengeance, and Mother Nature decides to add stormy weather to the mix by letting Hurricane Ernesto wreak havoc.
While life as AJ knows it continues to careen toward implosion, she learns to trust her instincts, accept help from friends and believe in the blue flame that symbolizes her psychic connection to Kyle. “The earth spun differently now. I felt the sun burn through me, and the breeze smelled sweeter. Reality had forgotten about me for awhile.”
Harvest Road is a romance that pairs well with a comfortable reading spot and your beverage of choice – a mug of coffee or glass of wine if you want to mirror the main character’s favorites. This is a story where passion replaces the linear and logical with the irresistible and inexplicable . . . a great escape.
Four Stars. If you’re in the mood to devour a romance novel, Harvest Road has all the ingredients you’re craving – a spectacular setting, life-changing passion, conflicted characters, intrigue, revenge . . . and wine. The novel extends beyond Kyle and AJ’s romance to a love affair with Long Island Wine Country.
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Yvonne Lieblein writes poetry and fiction from her seaside village home in Greenport, NY. She’s written a novel with a musical soundtrack, The Wheelhouse Café, and is co-creator of theBOOKPROJECT, a novel night out where book lovers meet. Yvonne also brings two decades worth of high-octane experiences as an entrepreneur to her work as a catalyst, compass and champion who helps people define and achieve success on their own terms. You can find her at yvonnelieblein.com.