TITLE/AUTHOR: Blush; Jamie Brenner
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2021
GENRE: Fiction / Family /Contemporary
FORMAT: eGalley / LENGTH: 384
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A story about wine, trashy books and and three generations of strong women.
BRIEF REVIEW: Hollander Estates and winery, located in the North Forks of Long Island in Cutchogue, NY, has been a wonderful place for family, parties, day trips and destination events. Leonard Hollander has spent a good part of his life developing the winery after gaining experience in CA. He has provided his family with a beautiful home and lifestyle and has groomed his son Asher to learn the business. Leonard now has a big announcement to make. The winery is in dire financial straights and must be sold otherwise Leonard and his wife Vivian may not have enough money for retirement. For years Leonard has kept the business operations a "man thing" while his wife Vivian, entertained, looked beautiful and hosted her book club with her like-minded friends. Leonard even kept daughter Leah in the dark about the operations. Leah is married to Steven and she and her husband operate a popular cheese shop in Manhattan. Their daughter Sadie, has had trouble focusing on her senior thesis and needs a break to refocus her priorities. As these three strong women converge at the winery during the summer, Sadie discovers some old journals stashed away in the library from years gone by, along with some trashy romance novels by 1980s feminist authors which inspire the women to come up with a plan to take charge and make their input count. Smart women, good cheese, good wine and trashy books that inspire, do these women have what it takes to save the winery and change their lives in the process?
This is my third summer themed book by the author and unfortunately this one was my least favorite. The story moved very slowly for me ( it took me over a week to finish what should have been a quick read). Although the story finally came around, I just never connected with the characters and family drama. I'm guessing my love of good wine just wasn't enough to make this one work for me. Disappointing.