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|Read Book ⚢ The Vineyard à It S Been Five Years, And Lizzie Lambert Has Decided It S Time To Try To Make Things Right With Her Estranged MotherShe S Made A Success Of Things In Cannes, She S Bringing Up A Lovely Little Boy On Her Own, And She S Ready To Put The Past Behind HerBut It Seems Lizzie S Mother Has Moved On As Well She S Moved Her Toyboy A Muscle Bound Vintner Named Cal Into The Family Home, And Given Him The Run Of The Land That Was Meant To Be Lizzie S Inheritance Cal S Wine Business Frequently Takes Him To France, And Suddenly Wherever Lizzie Goes, He S Already There Meddling, Giving Unsolicited Advice, Saving Her Little Boy S Life And Stealing Her Heart But None Of This Changes The Fact That He S Her Mother S Lover After five years of estrangement, Lizzie Lambert comes home to England, to make things up with her mother She gets a mixed welcome after such a long gap, and is a bit put off by the incredibly handsome young man, Callum, who appears to be Lizzie s mums new partner, and getting his hands on Lizzie s inheritance.Callum is creating a vineyard on a piece of land that Lizzie always wanted to turn into an equestrian centre After an altercation, Lizzie runs back off to Cannes, where she now lives along with almost 3 year old Thierry, her son Callum bumps into Lizzie on than one occasion, when she has Thierry with her, and puts 2 and 2 together He encourages Lizzie to keep the lines of communication open with her mother, even using him as a go between if necessary The Vineyard is set in both Cannes, and England, and has some wonderful characters, and the memorable but dastardly Anton Thierry s dad It is a wonderful debut novel, about family ties, and forgiveness The opening of the book with Lizzie s initial exchange with her mother and her thoughts about her mother, resonated very clearly with me, and as a result I had to know what happened next.The Vineyard is a lovely example of a chick lit novel and I am looking forward to reading Karen Aldous future books. Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review This book is definitely a MUST READ for summer Lizzie returns home after five years, a lot has changed Her mother Caroline shocks her with news about her grandfather and the land she s inherited and she seems to have a very hot toy boy Cal Or at least Lizzie thinks she does They have a huge fight and Lizzie returns to Cannes, her new home.Back there she has he absolutely adorable son Thierry, he s almost 3 years old and just so cute He brought so many great sparks into this story With Marie Claire Lizzie has a great nanny for Thierry as well and her salon is very successful Lizzie s best friend Sophie is moving to Cannes as well and they have big plans for the salon, but holidays first They go away to the wonderful Provence for some days off, but Suddenly Thierry s father Anton is back in the picture, he wants his son, but why this sudden interest When Anton comes to the hotel out of the blue, Cal is there to help Somehow he s always there and he s so caring I barley read a book, where the two main characters had so much chemistry like these two, but Lizzie was holding her feelings back, since she knew that he was with her mum Lizzie also had a big problem trusting him, because of her past But when he tells her about her mother s illness.Her is the chance to make peace with her, it s harder than Lizzie thought, but once they had a break through they were the cutest mother daughter combination ever Caroline fell in love with Thierry as well.Cal and Lizzie had this connection, but they were both holding back until Michael, her mothers boyfriend came into the picture I loved it when they both just let everything go and were through to themselves, it was also so sweet how Cal got on with Thierry.However there was still Anton and Lizzie had to solve that problem Her trust problem was also still there and I really hated the way she treated Cal at times I just wanted her to see the light.At the end there is a lot of action and drama going on and also a little surprise with a family member of Cal.Sophie was an awesome best friend and I m glad she found her luck as well I loved following her story and Charles was a great addition t the characters All characters were so well described and included to this story, just brilliant The storyline was wonderful and well developed, the change of locations between France and England just added the right mixture to it.I have to come back to Cal for a while Oh my, he s just PERFECT Sweet, caring, funny, attentive, hot, sexy I think I found myself a new BOOK BOYFRIEND A magical book about love, friendship and family So touching, sweet, sensitive, romantic, sparkly The landscape and the surroundings are absolutely gorgeous like the cover and Karen found the perfect, vivid and real way to describe the settings and of course also the story and the characters.I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS STORY I really didn t want to leave it and hope to see Lizzie, Cal and Thierry again 3. This is an author we need to keep an eye on, she can really tell you a story I think the blurb gives you ideas of what this is about, but from my point of view its a story not only of Lizzie returning home after five years to a Mother she hasn t spoken to for that length of time, lets not forget she now has a child of her own I think when we become Moms ourselves our perceptions change towards our Moms and we get to appreciate them.However, Lizzie was in for a shock, her Mother had moved on too Yep, straight to a toy boy Lizzie s inheritance is threatened by Cal the toy boy after all her Mother has allowed him free reign of everything, of course, this doesn t go down well with Lizzie, and understandably so, but she has been away for five years.I could guess what would happen, but although this read is predictable it doesn t take away the enjoyment of the story I was given this book to read and review from Carina UK via Net Galley and also attached to a virtual tour for this book. Originally posted on against the beautiful backdrop of France and England, The Vineyard is an emotional, moving story about love, courage and taking chances, written by Karen Aldous I loved everything about this story and I cannot wait to tell you why So I would like to say thank you to Karen for putting together the words to create a masterpiece, and of course my favourite publishers, Carina UK All in all, the perfect package to whisk you away from your life for a little while, and leave you wanting Without sounding dramatic, from the moment I set eyes on the very first page, I was hooked Karen begins The Vineyard with a fantastic tease that really takes a hold of you, making all sorts of questions pop up in your mind Lizzie, whose point of view the entirety of the story is written from, is in a cab, panicking and almost losing her mind because she is about to be dropped off at her mother s, whom she hasn t set eyes on in just over five years As a reader, I was drawn to this tidbit of information and suddenly wanted to know all of the details how, what and why My mind came alive with all these different scenarios that could have happened between Lizzie and her mother, and I just couldn t wait to find out the story behind the two characters Karen really brought this first scene to life, and she put so much emphasis on the fact that Lizzie didn t want to be there Karen described Lizzie s rapidly beating heart, the way sweat began to prickle her skin and Karen even had the weather pitch in by brewing up a dark sky with dangerous clouds As far as opening chapters go, The Vineyard s was superb and it well and truly had me wanting to continue on with the story, without a doubt Karen s characters in The Vineyard were fabulous and all of them seemed incredibly easy to like With Lizzie being the main character, she was introduced first and I loved the fact that she didn t have an easy, care free life behind her She had regrets and problems and these were clearly indicated by the now stormy atmosphere between Lizzie and her mother, but this atmosphere added a hell of a lot of depth to Lizzie s persona and I loved it I can t say that Lizzie was broken and damaged beyond repair though, because she was actually a successful young woman who owned a beauty salon in Cannes Not only this, but Lizzie also had a son too, and I adored how Karen described the moments where it was just mother and son All the added details deemed Lizzie as a fantastic mother who really took an interest in her child, wanting nothing than the best for him, and ensuring that he had a perfect, care free life Karen s writing style and technique shone through particularly well in these parts and I enjoyed the mother and son moments throughout the entire story Another character who played a major role in The Vineyard was Lizzie s mother, Caroline I have to admit, when she opened the door to her daughter in the opening chapter, I had this image of the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty in my mind, horns and all Lizzie was panicking that much before she had even reached her mother s doorstep, I was imagining some huge, horrifying monster to open the door I have to admit, I was a little confused as to the reception that Lizzie received from her mother when they set eyes on each for the first time in years, because of this huge build up beforehand, but that s okay because Lizzie was also confused too Again, I was hooked, and I badly wanted to know what the hell had happened between them I think when Caroline opened the door, I was straightaway suspicious and waiting for her to start spitting venom Strangely, she didn t, and I guess Caroline and Lizzie meeting again for the first time in just over five years was really where this beautiful story began As well as these two ladies, there was also the gorgeous, caring and considerate Cal, too God, I loved this guy He was just so sweet and genuine, and everything that you d ever want or need in a man Karen created instant chemistry between Cal and Lizzie, something that always makes a story sizzle and pop which I thoroughly enjoyed, but there was also a dilemma concerning Cal too I kinda guessed what was going to happen before it did, but it took nothing away from the enjoyment of reading the story and I couldn t stop the grin that spread across my face from cheek to cheek Cal was one of those guys that the word gentleman describes perfectly He was just so calm and easy going, hell, even I felt calmer when he re entered during a chapter, and that s saying something, right With a mix of fabulous characters and a well put together and dramatic plot, The Vineyard was the perfect story to lose myself in Lizzie had some tough times during the story and it was brilliant to go through these hard times with her, experiencing the ups and downs just as she did Not only does The Vineyard s plot develop beautifully, but there is an undercurrent of emotional trauma that reduced me to a blubbering mess It was just so freaking magnificent, I still can t find the right words to use within this review I m going to finish off by rating The Vineyard by Karen Aldous with five yummy looking cupcakes A moving story that held my heart in its hands I would gladly re read this one again and again, without a doubt Thank you so much, Karen, and I am really looking forward to any future titles from you.