Family rivalries, long-ago love affairs, and forgotten scandals blend in this sparkling novel set in the Champagne province of France.
When curmudgeonly Clementine's miserable papa meets his end one frosty French night, she assumes the family Champagne house will finally be hers. Salut! But her celebration is short-lived. Suddenly the broken-down Peine chateau is heaving with unwanted visitors, unpaid debts and secrets perhaps best left buried.
This is not the inheritance of which Clementine has so long dreamed but - as her precious grapes battle the elements in the hope of ripening and sweetening and one day re-inventing themselves as something truly magnificent - so must she.