Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard
The follow-up to Raintree's sparkling debut Perfectly Undone, MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD brilliantly meshes the provocative relationship fiction of Jennifer Weiner with the nuanced family dynamics of Karen White in this story of a young woman who reconnects with her estranged best friend to complete their teenage bucket list, but the man who came between them years ago reappears to challenge their bond once again.A young woman at a crossroads in her life returns home to her family's vineyard in California when tragedy strikes and reconnects with her estranged childhood best friend. They decide to complete the bucket list they created the summer they were 18, the summer that saw their friendship torn apart. But when the man who came between them all those years ago reappears, it challenges their fragile new bond and pushes each woman to confront past hurts and buried truths.

Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard Details

TitleMidnight at the Wandering Vineyard
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 26th, 2019
PublisherGraydon House
ISBN-139781525806001
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard Review

  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful cover. Beautiful setting. Beautiful story. Jamie Raintree will whisk you away to central California wine country in this lovely story packed with friendship and love. This is a book about forgiveness, family, and finding out who you are. This is the perfect escapist read to take you away after a hard day. So... poor yourself a glass of wine, get comfortable in your favorite reading spot, and transport yourself to the beauty that is wine country. Can you ever go home again? Mallory is Beautiful cover. Beautiful setting. Beautiful story. Jamie Raintree will whisk you away to central California wine country in this lovely story packed with friendship and love. This is a book about forgiveness, family, and finding out who you are. This is the perfect escapist read to take you away after a hard day. So... poor yourself a glass of wine, get comfortable in your favorite reading spot, and transport yourself to the beauty that is wine country. Can you ever go home again? Mallory is on a visit back home. She hasn’t lived in the small central California town she grew up in for 10 years. She is now living in NYC, but isn’t convinced that’s where she wants to call home. While back home Mallory runs into her ex BFF Kelly. The girls had been best friends since kindergarten, but shortly after high school graduation they had a huge fight and a major fall out. Can the best friends find their way back to one another? And what happens when the very boy who tore them apart shows back up in town? There really is a lot to the story. A friendship in need of forgiveness, a love story in need of an ending, and a girl in need of a future. I really liked Malory and enjoyed my journey with her character, and I have to say I was just as fickle as she was. I really wanted her to fix things with Kelly and I loved their bucket list. I also really love the bond she had with her parents, and I wanted her to realize she could follow her heart and make her parents happy all at the same time. The romance... Sam was one of those guys you think you should fall in love with, but does that mean that you do? I went back and forth this entire book as to whether or not I thought she should get back together with him. The ending to this book was a little out of left field, but if I’m being honest it is exactly what I wanted, and I am keeping my fingers crossed for a follow up! The perfect book for anyone who loves love, friendship, or wine!🎧🎧🎧 Jorjeana Marie narrates the audiobook and does an amazing job. She really brought life to the character of Valerie and particular.*** Big thank you to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    My first by the author and I am happy to report that I loved it!It was the perfect book to cozy up to with my favorite glass of Merlot. The vineyard setting and whimsical touches made it an easy read. It was just the escape that I needed. Her writing flowed nicely with "just enough" details to make it immersive.A perfect blend of women's fiction/chick-lit and a bit of romance that had me wanting to get back to this one and find out if Mallory would follow her heart. Fingers crossed there will be My first by the author and I am happy to report that I loved it!It was the perfect book to cozy up to with my favorite glass of Merlot. The vineyard setting and whimsical touches made it an easy read. It was just the escape that I needed. Her writing flowed nicely with "just enough" details to make it immersive.A perfect blend of women's fiction/chick-lit and a bit of romance that had me wanting to get back to this one and find out if Mallory would follow her heart. Fingers crossed there will be a sequel!Themes of family dynamics, lifetime friendships, loss, and taking chances. I highly recommend if you enjoy the genre.Thanks to NG/ Harlequin-Graydon House for my review copy. Publishes on March 26,2019 
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    Another one that I got from the library so this is just a quick little write up and not a full review. If you're in the mood for a very light read without any deep connections, a story about friendship and light romance then this is fine. The writing was good, the characters likable, not very deep but okay, the relationships never really caught on for me but it was such a quick read that I'm not sure it mattered. If I needed something to read at the beach or by the pool, this would be perfect.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Evocative, affecting, and heartfelt!Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a heartwarming, touching story that immerses you in a tale about confronting the past, taking risks, being true to one’s self, following your heart, and the importance of never losing sight of your own wants, needs, and dreams.The writing is vivid and impassioned. The characters are flawed, genuine, and endearing, And the plot is an exceptionally absorbing tale about life, loss, heartbreak, forgiveness, friendship, family, Evocative, affecting, and heartfelt!Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a heartwarming, touching story that immerses you in a tale about confronting the past, taking risks, being true to one’s self, following your heart, and the importance of never losing sight of your own wants, needs, and dreams.The writing is vivid and impassioned. The characters are flawed, genuine, and endearing, And the plot is an exceptionally absorbing tale about life, loss, heartbreak, forgiveness, friendship, family, community, courage, happiness, and unconditional love.Overall, Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is an uplifting, emotive, alluring story by Raintree that reminds us that everyone that enters our lives, no matter the length of time, shapes and defines us. It is beautifully written, lushly depicted and like a good wine should definitely be savoured.Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5It was love at first sight for me as soon as I saw this stunning cover, I had a feeling that with a cover this beautiful the inside would have to be just as gorgeous and I was right, this was a really lovely story about forgiveness, family and doing what makes you happy.One of the things I enjoy most about the authors books is her ability to create realistic characters with messy lives and histories that could be any one of us. Mallory is back home for the first time in ten years and she di 3.5/5It was love at first sight for me as soon as I saw this stunning cover, I had a feeling that with a cover this beautiful the inside would have to be just as gorgeous and I was right, this was a really lovely story about forgiveness, family and doing what makes you happy.One of the things I enjoy most about the authors books is her ability to create realistic characters with messy lives and histories that could be any one of us. Mallory is back home for the first time in ten years and she didn’t leave on the best of terms with a few people in her life. So much has changed since she’s been gone and the changes she experiences just throughout the book are amazing. The characterization is where the author shines, she writes about different types of relationships with an assuredness and accuracy that I find refreshing.This book was a very solid read for me all the way up until the very end and things just fell flat for me in those last couple of chapters. Admittedly I need a strong, tidy ending to fully enjoy most books and this one was left wide open. I also felt like some of the last minute decisions made by Mallory were out of character and not entirely fitting with the way she behaved throughout the book, but again, I truly need things all tied up with a bow to be totally satisfied, so keep that in mind.
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  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The prodigal daughter comes home. wanting to reevaluate and make right the issues and mistakes of her past Mallory uses a gathering at her parents home as an opportunity to set things right... or at least try. So many things within the pages of MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD by Jamie Raintree make this a perfect read for the upcoming spring and summer. Especially if you're a fan of romancing about college days of youth and looking on things with more mature eyes.I really enjoyed the writing The prodigal daughter comes home. wanting to reevaluate and make right the issues and mistakes of her past Mallory uses a gathering at her parents home as an opportunity to set things right... or at least try. So many things within the pages of MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD by Jamie Raintree make this a perfect read for the upcoming spring and summer. Especially if you're a fan of romancing about college days of youth and looking on things with more mature eyes.I really enjoyed the writing style and flow of Jamie Raintree. This is the first time I've read one of her books and I can assure you it wont be my last.*ARC provided by Carina Press | HQN Books | Graydon House Follow us on KT Book ReviewsTwitterFacebookPinteresttumblrYouTubeBook BabblersInstagram
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  • Lorilin
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory hasn’t been back to visit her hometown in ten years. She left California on the heels of two major setbacks: first, a break up with her then quasi-boyfriend, Sam; and second (and more devastating) a massive fight with her lifelong best friend, Kelly. Unable to deal with the emotional fallout, she left for school and never looked back. Now she’s a successful marketing exec in New York, adored by her boss and about to be promoted. She’s successful. And happy. Well, mostly.Unfortunately, he Mallory hasn’t been back to visit her hometown in ten years. She left California on the heels of two major setbacks: first, a break up with her then quasi-boyfriend, Sam; and second (and more devastating) a massive fight with her lifelong best friend, Kelly. Unable to deal with the emotional fallout, she left for school and never looked back. Now she’s a successful marketing exec in New York, adored by her boss and about to be promoted. She’s successful. And happy. Well, mostly.Unfortunately, her past still weighs heavy, and she’s never really been able to put the memories behind her. So when her parents announce that they are hosting a huge party on the family-owned vineyard to celebrate twenty years of business, Mallory sees it as an opportunity to make things right. She flies home to California to support her parents, reconnect with Kelly, and maybe even hash it out with Sam. Of course things don’t go exactly as planned, but the ensuing events force Mallory to reevaluate her priorities and figure out what—and who—is most important to her.I really loved this book. I read it while Chicago was experiencing some of the lowest temps seen in a generation (-23 degrees F, with a feels like temp of -40), and all I could think about (while whining my way through it all…) was being back in my home state of California. The description of Mallory’s family vineyard is spot on, and I could picture the farms, the horses, the rolling hills of vines perfectly. The romance of the setting alone was enough to keep me hooked.But I also liked following Mallory along as she tried to figure out who she was and what she valued. Her choices are not perfect, but if you’ve been 20-something and in love with the wrong guy, you’re going to understand Mallory’s plight. It may not always be pretty to watch her struggle, but it still makes for a good, relatable story. And in the end, while she has to revisit some less-than-stellar relationships to gain some closure, at least she does come out stronger.Ultimately, Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a well-written, engaging, picturesque, feel-good story. I loved it start to finish.Big thank you to Graydon House and Amazon Vine for the ARC!See more of my reviews at www.bugbugbooks.com.
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  • BookGypsy
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsMallory and Kelly are best friends sharing everything until, Mallory meets Sam. The summer that changes everything. After ten-years Mallory is back home longing to connect and make amends with Kelly. A touching heart felt story of friendship, secrets, heartache and forgiveness. A wonderful debut.Dawnny Ruby-BookGypsyNovels N Latte BlogNovels & Latte Book Club
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  • Jacqueline Francis
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you read a book and you don’t know what you’re going to get. With this one, I was expecting more romance, but it turned out to be a story of family and friendship, and that’s okay! I enjoyed this story a lot. It did fall flat for me at times. There were instances where I couldn’t picture the characters or the setting, and that was hard. It was also difficult for me to grapple with the main character not wanting to stay in such a beautiful setting! However, it was a good story. I receiv Sometimes you read a book and you don’t know what you’re going to get. With this one, I was expecting more romance, but it turned out to be a story of family and friendship, and that’s okay! I enjoyed this story a lot. It did fall flat for me at times. There were instances where I couldn’t picture the characters or the setting, and that was hard. It was also difficult for me to grapple with the main character not wanting to stay in such a beautiful setting! However, it was a good story. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • angelareadsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory returns home for a short trio after being gone for 10 years. As this story unfolds we learn about what happened between Mallory and Kelly, the last summer before college. And why after a summer fling, Sam and Mallory parted ways. This is the story of friendship and family and self discovery. Can you ever go home? And can the past be repaired. I enjoyed the setting of this story. And it was definitely what drew me to it. I appreciated how Mallory grew as a person during this story. And wh Mallory returns home for a short trio after being gone for 10 years. As this story unfolds we learn about what happened between Mallory and Kelly, the last summer before college. And why after a summer fling, Sam and Mallory parted ways. This is the story of friendship and family and self discovery. Can you ever go home? And can the past be repaired. I enjoyed the setting of this story. And it was definitely what drew me to it. I appreciated how Mallory grew as a person during this story. And while I’m unsure about the ending, it did leave me wondering what will happen next. Pick this up if you want a light read with your glass of wine! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!
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  • Amy Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory is returning home to the vineyard after many years away. Having been thru so much in her time away she is now faced with her past, memories and old familiar faces she once had tried to push from her memory. Kelly her longtime friend have not spoken in years. Slowly they begin to grow closer again and decide to embark on completing their bucket list they created as youngsters. A lighthearted quick read. Friendships and family and of course lots of wine!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you goodreads for an ARC of this book!My goal of 2019 was to be able to quit a book if I wasn't enjoying it. This was going to be the first book I did that on...but for some reason, I kept going...and wow...I'm absolutely glad I did! If you can make it through the protagonist's first 50 pages where she complains and whines...you'll find she really does turn it around! She faces challenges and mends and builds relationships that feel completely real and understandable. In fact, I cannot wai Thank you goodreads for an ARC of this book!My goal of 2019 was to be able to quit a book if I wasn't enjoying it. This was going to be the first book I did that on...but for some reason, I kept going...and wow...I'm absolutely glad I did! If you can make it through the protagonist's first 50 pages where she complains and whines...you'll find she really does turn it around! She faces challenges and mends and builds relationships that feel completely real and understandable. In fact, I cannot wait to give this to my mom for her to read the amazing mother/daughter scenes. I laughed, cried, and drank wine (because reading a book about a vineyard is a great reason to drink wine!)
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  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    A story of friendship, forgiveness, and learning from one's mistake... Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a sweet emotion ride on the twisted turns of a roller coaster. It brings together a gorgeous vineyard, the woman it raised, and her best friend who was estranged all because of a boy. When Mallory returns home, she yearns to make amends with Kelly after lies and secrets pulled them apart, but with the return brings a reason they broke up in the first place and a host of things could go ve A story of friendship, forgiveness, and learning from one's mistake... Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a sweet emotion ride on the twisted turns of a roller coaster. It brings together a gorgeous vineyard, the woman it raised, and her best friend who was estranged all because of a boy. When Mallory returns home, she yearns to make amends with Kelly after lies and secrets pulled them apart, but with the return brings a reason they broke up in the first place and a host of things could go very wrong fast. I enjoyed this story. It had heart, mystery, and a lesson on how lies can tear us down. I empathized with both characters and was glad that the story kept them in the forefront. A wonderful book club novel full of great discussion points....***thank you to Harlequin for allowing me to review this ARC. My opinions are my own.
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory and Kelly have been best friends since elementary school. They are more like sisters than best friends. In the summer before they leave for college they make a summer bucket list. As they were doing all their fun things, Sam came to town. Mallory spent a lot of time with Sam almost forgetting their bucket list. Mallory and Kelly have a huge fight and Mallory goes off to college without Kelly. 10 years later, Mallory comes back to town to try and fix her relationship with Kelly. Her famil Mallory and Kelly have been best friends since elementary school. They are more like sisters than best friends. In the summer before they leave for college they make a summer bucket list. As they were doing all their fun things, Sam came to town. Mallory spent a lot of time with Sam almost forgetting their bucket list. Mallory and Kelly have a huge fight and Mallory goes off to college without Kelly. 10 years later, Mallory comes back to town to try and fix her relationship with Kelly. Her family is having a big celebration at their vineyard and Mallory thinks it is the perfect time to fix things with Kelly. At the very heart of this amazing book is relationships. Mallory and Kelly's friendship, Mallory's relationship with her parents, and Kelly's relationship with her Mom. I absolutely loved the characters in this story. I read this book in one long sitting as I could not put it down. I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Harlequin Graydon House Books. All opinions are my own.
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  • Seema Rao
    January 1, 1970
    Realistic ~ Unanticipate ~ Empoweringtl; dr: Girl returns to California vineyard where she grew up and runs into an old flame. Romance novels often play up the second chance romance trope. Without any spoilers, this book plays with that second chance romance trope in an enjoyable and unanticipated manner. The California wine country (Paso Robles) is depicted fairly well, and the main character is appealing. But, the real charm of this book is the complexity of the plot and the surprising turns. Realistic ~ Unanticipate ~ Empoweringtl; dr: Girl returns to California vineyard where she grew up and runs into an old flame. Romance novels often play up the second chance romance trope. Without any spoilers, this book plays with that second chance romance trope in an enjoyable and unanticipated manner. The California wine country (Paso Robles) is depicted fairly well, and the main character is appealing. But, the real charm of this book is the complexity of the plot and the surprising turns. An enjoyable surprise. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.Seema Rao Write : Instagram| Blog| Twitter|
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  • Kate (kate_reads_)
    January 1, 1970
    Ten years ago, Mallory left her family’s home at a vineyard in CA to attend college in NYC and has barely been back since. That last summer before college ended with a big fight with her best friend Kelly and they haven’t spoken since.Now that Mallory is back for a week to visit - it’s her chance to see if she can make things right again with the friend who was always more like a sister. We see alternating timelines between the present and what happened during that summer ten years ago.This is a Ten years ago, Mallory left her family’s home at a vineyard in CA to attend college in NYC and has barely been back since. That last summer before college ended with a big fight with her best friend Kelly and they haven’t spoken since.Now that Mallory is back for a week to visit - it’s her chance to see if she can make things right again with the friend who was always more like a sister. We see alternating timelines between the present and what happened during that summer ten years ago.This is a book that can make you consider a lot of questions - where is the line between following your dreams and being selfish? How do we know if we are doing what we truly want or trying to fulfill the expectations that were placed upon us? Is it possible to get a do-over and set things right?There are a lot of things I really enjoyed about this book but ultimately it didn’t work for me. The ending didn’t seem true to what was set up through the book and the characters’ relationships with each other didn’t always ring true for me.Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for the free advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Paula Ackley
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that if I hadn't read it I wouldn't be missing anything. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't that good. The storyline was long, plodding and slow. Any meaning, insight or enjoyment of the book was almost lost in the pages of Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard. Mallory is one of those people that got out of the small town but the small town never got out of Mallory even though she's lived in NYC for 10 years. Many people never forget their first love but to compare EVERY man This is one of those books that if I hadn't read it I wouldn't be missing anything. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't that good. The storyline was long, plodding and slow. Any meaning, insight or enjoyment of the book was almost lost in the pages of Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard. Mallory is one of those people that got out of the small town but the small town never got out of Mallory even though she's lived in NYC for 10 years. Many people never forget their first love but to compare EVERY man you meet to the guy you had a crush on at 18 is ridiculous. To lose your best friend because of a man like Sam (who is no winner in any way, shape or form) is just plain stupid. What boss keeps extending your leave (even with a big project due) over and over, where days turn into weeks? The plot is drawn out, the ending is predicable and Mallory and Sam never seem to fit together even when they FINALLY get together. Ms. Raintree's love of nature does shine through in her descriptions but they aren't enough to make a good story. The book also needs a good editing before it's final printing.
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  • Bin Blogs Books
    January 1, 1970
    Mallory, on the cusp of a big promotion, goes home to attend a family gathering in hopes of finally closing a few doors to her past; hoping to finally be happy. The author takes you through a coming of age of sorts seem through the lens of maturity and brings readers to a beautifully picturesque setting to do so.
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  • Amanda B
    January 1, 1970
    Legit am going to read this just for the cover.
  • Susan Burlew
    January 1, 1970
    A wonderful story about family and relationships. Mallory goes home to visit her family at their vineyard in California. She has been living in New York for ten years and has only been home for a few brief visits. Growing up her best friend was Kelly. They had a huge fight right after graduation and haven't spoken since then. A big part of her visit is to try to mend their friendship. The story flips between the present and ten years ago. Mallory tries to come to terms with some bad decisions an A wonderful story about family and relationships. Mallory goes home to visit her family at their vineyard in California. She has been living in New York for ten years and has only been home for a few brief visits. Growing up her best friend was Kelly. They had a huge fight right after graduation and haven't spoken since then. A big part of her visit is to try to mend their friendship. The story flips between the present and ten years ago. Mallory tries to come to terms with some bad decisions and figure out how she really wants to live her life. I loved this and book and felt good after finishing it. Highly recommend!!!
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  • Kailey C
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for my free copy.I thought this cover was so pretty! This was a blend of women’s fiction, chick lit and romance that went deeper than I realized it would. It was a nice change of pace. I found myself really liking the story and while the ending surprised me a little bit, I enjoyed this novel. I wasn't a fan of the ending, which is why I didn't give it 4 stars. I don't want to spoil it - if you like women's fiction, I'd try this one. It's lighter on the romance than I init Thanks to the publisher for my free copy.I thought this cover was so pretty! This was a blend of women’s fiction, chick lit and romance that went deeper than I realized it would. It was a nice change of pace. I found myself really liking the story and while the ending surprised me a little bit, I enjoyed this novel. I wasn't a fan of the ending, which is why I didn't give it 4 stars. I don't want to spoil it - if you like women's fiction, I'd try this one. It's lighter on the romance than I initially thought. Overall a good story.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Friends and lovers, then and now. Mallory and Kelly have been best friends, almost inseparable, since elementary school. During the last summer before going off to university, Mallory fell head over heels for Sam, six years older and working for her father. And that same summer, maybe because of Sam, the girls’ relationship fell apart. Now, 10 years later, Mallory returns home. Kelly is still there. Sam is back. What will happen to their relationships? Somewhat predictable, a tad slow, not much Friends and lovers, then and now. Mallory and Kelly have been best friends, almost inseparable, since elementary school. During the last summer before going off to university, Mallory fell head over heels for Sam, six years older and working for her father. And that same summer, maybe because of Sam, the girls’ relationship fell apart. Now, 10 years later, Mallory returns home. Kelly is still there. Sam is back. What will happen to their relationships? Somewhat predictable, a tad slow, not much depth, but not offensive.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    t’s been 10 years since Mallory has been home to visit. She takes the 20-year anniversary of her parents’ vineyard as the reason to return. While there she re-evaluates her past and relationships with others. She tries to figure out who she is and wants to be and sets out to rebuild or put to rest some past relationships. She wants to reconnect with her ex BFF and figure out if they can rebuild their relationship. She doesn’t always make the right decisions but don’t we all make a mistake or two t’s been 10 years since Mallory has been home to visit. She takes the 20-year anniversary of her parents’ vineyard as the reason to return. While there she re-evaluates her past and relationships with others. She tries to figure out who she is and wants to be and sets out to rebuild or put to rest some past relationships. She wants to reconnect with her ex BFF and figure out if they can rebuild their relationship. She doesn’t always make the right decisions but don’t we all make a mistake or two? This was a great read. The setting is picturesque, the characters believable. I liked this story.I received an ARC e-copy from Netgalley. These are my opinions and am not required to leave a positive review.
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard" follows Mallory on her journey home to the vineyard (Wandering Vineyard) her family owns in California. For the past ten years, she has been avoiding her hometown while she lives in New York City. She got her degree from Columbia in marketing and then continued on at a big marketing firm. She is about to get a promotion, but she knows something big is missing from her life- mainly her best friend with whom she had a falling out before she left for college. Th "Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard" follows Mallory on her journey home to the vineyard (Wandering Vineyard) her family owns in California. For the past ten years, she has been avoiding her hometown while she lives in New York City. She got her degree from Columbia in marketing and then continued on at a big marketing firm. She is about to get a promotion, but she knows something big is missing from her life- mainly her best friend with whom she had a falling out before she left for college. The plan was for them to go to NYC together, and Mallory has been deeply missing her friend on her journey.The book tells us what happened then in between what happens now. We know that Mallory and Kelly had a big falling out and that it had something to do with the older and snobby Sam who was there for the summer, but the details are not fleshed out until later in the book. To add to the confusion, Sam is suddenly back in town. You never forget your first love, and Mallory is no exception.Mallory is desperate to rekindle her friendship and reconnect to herself. She has a lot to consider with her job and Sam's presence. In an engaging story, we follow Mallory on her journey to self-discovery. I would not really label this as a romance, and I did not like the primary male lead (Sam). However, the friendship was beautiful, and I loved following Mallory and Kelly as they learn to forgive the past. This is a great piece of women's fiction that centers around friendship vs. romance, and I really enjoyed it overall. I felt like maybe an epilogue or one more chapter would have left me a little more satisfied, but even as-is, this is a really touching and engaging book. I read it very quickly, as I found it easy to jump into Mallory's head and life.I highly recommend for people who love books about friendship and women's fiction. Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sherri Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewWhen Mallory returns to her family's vineyard for the party she hopes that while she is there she can make amends with Kelly, who had always been her best friend right up until that final summer before college. Things were said, betrayals were made, and hearts were broken. Once Mallory gets back to the land she loves, and the family he has missed, she realizes that maybe she needs to re-think her career path as wel *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewWhen Mallory returns to her family's vineyard for the party she hopes that while she is there she can make amends with Kelly, who had always been her best friend right up until that final summer before college. Things were said, betrayals were made, and hearts were broken. Once Mallory gets back to the land she loves, and the family he has missed, she realizes that maybe she needs to re-think her career path as well.This book is told alternating between then and now. You will get to find out what really happened that final summer, as well as what has gotten Mallory and Kelly to this point in their lives. The story is somewhat predictable, but I still enjoyed it. If you are in the need of a feel-good-story then this is the book for you
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  • Jaymi Couch
    January 1, 1970
    Family, Friendship, Wine, Horses, First Love, Loyalty - the new title from Jamie Raintree has all of these themes and more. It felt like I was reading about real people I would want to know. Mallory and Kelly were the best of friends, until the summer before college when reality sets in and the girls plans unravel. It’s now ten years later and Mallory has come home to Paso Robles for a short visit from her corporate life in New York. Mallory’s family owns The Wandering Vineyard. Her dad is a pil Family, Friendship, Wine, Horses, First Love, Loyalty - the new title from Jamie Raintree has all of these themes and more. It felt like I was reading about real people I would want to know. Mallory and Kelly were the best of friends, until the summer before college when reality sets in and the girls plans unravel. It’s now ten years later and Mallory has come home to Paso Robles for a short visit from her corporate life in New York. Mallory’s family owns The Wandering Vineyard. Her dad is a pillar of the community and of the local hardworking vintners. Her parents are the epitome of parents who just want their only child to be happy. They are kind and generous and warm people. Even though this is very much about Mallory’s journey, the other characters were complex and memorable and genuine. Kelly’s story was heart wrenching and I loved seeing her grow and be brave. The friendship between the girls was one of my favorite parts. Mallory’s horse (named Midnight) was also an important part - both physically and symbolically. She’s completely free when she’s riding her heart out and life doesn’t seem so complicated. The author’s writing was sophisticated and polished and had me invested in the plot and characters. There were so many gems of wisdom about doing what makes you happy and really listening to your heart, about wanting to be seen for who you are.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Ten years ago, Mallory lost her best friend and first love. On the eve of a big work promotion, Mallory decides to head home to try to make amends with her former best friend Kelly.At 18, Mallory and Kelly were like sisters. They were inseparable until Sam came along.The girls had been planning to spend their last summer at home living out their bucket list. But when Mallory’s parents hired Sam to work at the vineyard, everything changed. There was nothing Mallory wanted more than to spend time Ten years ago, Mallory lost her best friend and first love. On the eve of a big work promotion, Mallory decides to head home to try to make amends with her former best friend Kelly.At 18, Mallory and Kelly were like sisters. They were inseparable until Sam came along.The girls had been planning to spend their last summer at home living out their bucket list. But when Mallory’s parents hired Sam to work at the vineyard, everything changed. There was nothing Mallory wanted more than to spend time with Sam. Mallory didn’t know quite who she was and what she wanted yet but she felt she wasn’t good enough for Sam.Sam was 24, older, handsome, sophisticated.Mallory and Sam spent a lot of time together at the vineyard but the interactions were confusing. When Sam had a few glasses of wine he flirted with Mallory. When he was sober he acted like nothing had happened.And one day after the damage was done to Mallory and Kelly’s friendship, Sam just left.Ten years have passed. The vineyard is having a celebration. Mallory comes home for the celebration but it’s more than that. She’s questioning what she wants from life. She is about to accept a promotion at work but that promotion will require a 3 year contract. She isn’t sure she wants to stay in New York.She heads home with the intention of winning back Kelly’s friendship but it’s harder than she expected. She isn’t expecting to see Kelly at home taking care of her sick mother, she isn’t expecting Kelly at her old high school job. And she isn’t expecting Kelly to act like so much damage has been done that they can’t go back.Now, add in the extra drama of Sam being in town for the family’s celebration at the vineyard.Suddenly she has a chance to confront her old issues with Sam too.He’s 34 now, he might be more aware of her feelings but do they want to take a chance on a future together? Or should they just try to get over their history together?I thought this story was well written and very character driven. The reason you care what happens is because you care about Mallory and Kelly, you care about their loves, their families and friends. You definitely care about the horses. I think this was written by an animal lover because her description of the horse Midnight being Mallory’s best friend makes sense.The relationships in this story are treated as the most important part and I appreciate that. I received an early ebook edition of this book from NetGalley and I really enjoyed it.
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  • Linda M
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. It follows the story of Mallory as she returns to her small hometown to figure out the next steps for her life. She wants to renew the relationship with her best friend Kelly whom she had a falling out with years ago before she went away to college. When she arrives, she also reconnects with her first love whom things ended badly with. I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed each character and enjoyed learning about the conflict tha I was given a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. It follows the story of Mallory as she returns to her small hometown to figure out the next steps for her life. She wants to renew the relationship with her best friend Kelly whom she had a falling out with years ago before she went away to college. When she arrives, she also reconnects with her first love whom things ended badly with. I really enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed each character and enjoyed learning about the conflict that caused her to leave for so long. I love the way the story unfolded. It really kept me interested throughout. The character development was really great and I found them really relatable. If you enjoy a feel-good story focused on character development, I highly recommend this book.
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  • Jodi
    January 1, 1970
    Another Goodreads giveaway win, which I really enjoyed. The characters were well written, and the story flowed very naturally - moving back and forth between their teens and their adult lives to explain the difficult relations between women who were once the best of friends, and what became of their dreams. The ending was a surprise, and not at all what I expected, but, was very satisfying, nonetheless. Hopefully, a sharp eyed editor will catch the numerous grammatical and spelling errors before Another Goodreads giveaway win, which I really enjoyed. The characters were well written, and the story flowed very naturally - moving back and forth between their teens and their adult lives to explain the difficult relations between women who were once the best of friends, and what became of their dreams. The ending was a surprise, and not at all what I expected, but, was very satisfying, nonetheless. Hopefully, a sharp eyed editor will catch the numerous grammatical and spelling errors before this goes out in final form, but, those issues aside, it was a good book that fans of romance should enjoy.
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  • Dawn (Left Coast Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐💫3.5 stars!Many thanks to the fine folks over at Harlequin Publicity Team for including me in their bookstagram roundup of MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD! This stunning cover got my attention right away and when I read that the story takes place in Southern California on a vineyard I wanted to read it right away.A beautifully written story about mending an old friendship, holding on to love and self discovery. The setting was exquisite! I have visited a number of vineyards and I adore the ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫3.5 stars!Many thanks to the fine folks over at Harlequin Publicity Team for including me in their bookstagram roundup of MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD! This stunning cover got my attention right away and when I read that the story takes place in Southern California on a vineyard I wanted to read it right away.A beautifully written story about mending an old friendship, holding on to love and self discovery. The setting was exquisite! I have visited a number of vineyards and I adore them all – their vast beauty and the people that run them are so lovely and gracious. I loved the closeness of Mallory’s family, the connection to her horse Midnight and the sense of community in Paso Robles.Things that made me happy: I appreciated Mallory’s strength to end her decade long love for Sam – I did not like his polished facade and lack of commitment. I enjoyed the parts leading up to Mallory and Kelly mending their friendship and reviving their pre-college bucket list. And lastly, I hope somewhere off in the imaginary book world Mallory and Tyler give it a go – Tyler clearly adores Mallory and I think they would be awesome together .A light and uplifting story best enjoyed with a glass of wine.#Sponsored #MidnightAtTheWanderingVineyard #GraydonHouse
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