Saturday, 17 February 2018

Review: The Sweet Spot (Willamette Valley #1) by Heather Heyford

Welcome to Ribbon Ridge, Oregon, a small town steeped in history and graced with verdant valleys. In the first book of Heather Heyford’s newest series, a family-run vineyard is the perfect place to find yourself . . . and lose your heart.

A summer friendship ripens into something more . . .

The Vineyards at Ribbon Ridge is about as far away from the big city as Philadelphia music teacher Jamie Martel can get, and it’s the perfect place for her to forget her troubles for a while. But can a dream vacation turn into her real life? When she is offered a summer job at the lush Oregon vineyard, she decides it is time to find out.

Hank Friestatt took over The Vineyards when his parents passed. Committed to keeping their legacy alive, he has poured his heart and soul into the family business. With things back on track, he’s torn between tradition and a tempting opportunity to cut and run. Yet something about down-to-earth Jamie is making him question his plans. As the grapes are harvested and the leaves start to turn, Hank vows to keep the promises he made. Saying goodbye to Jamie, however, may be a lot harder than he thought . . .

Mass Market Paperback

Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Lyrical Press, Inc

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

As in many of Heyford's work, this story uses the wine country of Oregon as a backdrop.  It is clear that she is a big fan of wine and has an extensive knowledge of wine making in this story.  There are several details that the wine connoisseur will appreciate.  While I don't hold the same love for the beverage or how it is made, those who do will appreciate the detail.

This story is essentially about lost dreams and learning to create new dreams with the cards that are dealt to you.  The journey of Jamie and Hank takes us through their self discovery as they learn what it is they want from life and each other.

I enjoyed the storyline between Hank and Jamie and a little less about the wine making backdrop.  This is individual preference and I am sure that I am in the minority and I can see how this will be enjoyed by many.

Overall a good story and I will continue to follow Heyford's work.

About the Author

Heather Heyford writes contemporary romance novels set in the wine country, where she visits frequently to drink pinot noir research books.

Heather sold her first romance series in 2014 to Kensington Publishing’s then-new digital imprint, Lyrical Press. After gaining a following in digital, her first mass market paperback series will launch in early 2018 with The Sweet Spot, a contemporary love story set in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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