The Villa

By Nora Roberts

The vineyards of Napa Valley offer a lush backdrop for this sweeping epic from the number 1 New York Times bestselling author…

PR government Sophia Giambelli loves her activity and hasn't ever apprehensive approximately festival. for 3 generations, her family’s wines were world-renowned for his or her caliber. yet issues are approximately to alter at Villa Giambelli. Tereza, the matriarch, has introduced a merger with the MacMillan family’s winery—and Sophia could be assuming a brand new position. As a savvy businesswoman, she is familiar with she has to be ready for anything…but she isn’t ready for Tyler MacMillan. They’ve been ordered to interact very heavily, to facilitate the merger. Sophia needs to train Ty the finer issues of marketing—and Ty, in flip, exhibits her the best way to get down and soiled, to exploit the sunlight, rain, and earth to coax the sweetest grapes from the vineyard.

As they toil jointly, either out and in of the fields, Sophia is torn among a strong allure and a pro competition. on the finish of the season, the process the company’s future—and the legacy of the villa—may take a wholly new course. And whilst acts of sabotage threaten either the kinfolk enterprise and the family members itself, Sophia’s quest could be not just for dominance, but additionally for survival.

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He introduced her hand to his lips, nibbled calmly at the knuckles. “I like Susan,” David acknowledged as Pilar stared at him. “She gave me the outlet to do that. What,” he questioned aloud, “do you consider she’ll say to Laura the following day whilst she calls her? ” “I can purely think. David. ” there have been thrills rocketing up her arm. even if she slid her hand from his they shivered alongside the outside. “I’m no longer trying to find . . . whatever. ” “That’s humorous, neither was once I. until eventually I observed you. ” He leaned ahead, in detail. “Let’s do anything sinful. ” The blood rushed to her head. “What? ” “Let’s”—his voice dropped right into a seductive whisper—“order dessert. ” The breath that had clogged in her lungs got here out in a guffawing whoosh. “Perfect. ” And it was once excellent, the force domestic within the evening below cold stars and a chilly white moon. tune enjoying softly at the radio as they debated, with a few warmth, a ebook they’d either lately learn. Later, she’d imagine how peculiar it was once to have felt so comfy and so motivated by surprise. She approximately sighed as she observed the lighting of the villa. approximately domestic, she proposal. She’d began the night virtually swallowed by way of her personal nerves, and used to be finishing it with remorse that it couldn’t have lasted longer. “Kids are nonetheless up,” David commented, noting the visitor apartment used to be lit up like a Vegas on line casino. “I’ll need to kill them. ” “Yes, I’ve spotted what a terrifying and brutal father you're. and the way your kids worry you. ” He slanted her a glance. “I wouldn’t brain seeing the occasional tremble out of them. ” “I imagine it’s approach too overdue for that. You’ve long past and raised satisfied, well-adjusted teenagers. ” “Still engaged on it. ” He drummed his hands at the guidance wheel. “Theo acquired into a few hassle again in long island. Shoplifting, sneaking out of the condo. His grades, by no means stellar, plummeted. ” “I’m sorry, David. The teenage years could be tough on everybody. tougher nonetheless while you’re a unmarried mum or dad. i may let you know a few hair-raising tales approximately Sophia at that age. Your son is a pleasant younger guy. I think that kind of habit was once simply common performing out. ” “Gave me the jolt i guess i wanted. i used to be letting him run a bit of too loose since it was once more uncomplicated. no longer adequate hours within the day, now not sufficient strength left on the finish of it. It used to be more durable on Maddy than Theo while their mom left, so I compensated extra along with her than him. ” “Second guesses,” she stated. “I recognize all approximately them. ” “I used to be into 3rd guesses with Theo and Maddy. besides, that’s one of many purposes I opted to shop for the van and force cross-country rather than dumping us all in a aircraft. It gave us it slow. not anything like a three-thousand-mile force in an enclosed automobile to cement a relations unit—if you reside via it. ” “It was once very courageous of you. ” “You are looking to speak braveness? ” He drove simply up the lane to the villa. “I’ve been leader taste-tester in this wine test Maddy’s carrying out. It’s brutal. ” She chuckled. “Be bound to tell us if we’ve bought a competitor within the making. ” She began to succeed in for the door deal with, yet his hand got here to her shoulder, stopped her.

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