A Vineyard for Two | Author Jan Moran
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A Vineyard for Two


A Vineyard for Two by Laura Bradbury

Since so many of you enjoyed reading The Winemakers, I wanted to share a debut novel, A Vineyard for Two, from an author I admire so much, not only for her writing, but also for her optimism, style, wit, and love for life. You might know Laura Bradbury already through her charming Grape series memoirs. Her newsletter is a mini-magazine in itself, and I look forward to each issue.

About A Vineyard for Two

Up-and-coming winemaker Cerise Desloires believes in soul mates. Trouble is, she’s sure she’s already found—and lost—hers. Now the young widow has inherited half the vineyard she considers her own, and she’s got one chance to produce a vintage that could make or break her career. But when the flashy, impetuous Clovis de Valois is revealed as heir to the other half, her dreams of independence are dashed into chaos.

Cerise and Clovis seem to be opposites in every way that matters. Can their passion for winemaking—and secretly each other—unite them beyond their differences? Or will their clash ruin the vineyard, and the hearts, they’re both desperate to save?

A Vineyard for Two is the first book in the Winemakers Trilogy, and you can find all the buying links here on her website

Interview with Laura Bradbury

What inspired you to shift from memoir to fiction? What did you find most challenging?
Author Laura Bradbury

Author Laura Bradbury

This was my first novel, and my first romance, and I the learning curve was STEEP. With my memoirs I was in a groove and it would have been easy for me to write one of those (there are still at least three in the series I haven’t written yet). Still, I wanted to do something different and learn something new, plus I had the characters in A Vineyard for Two nagging at me to write their story so I pivoted towards what scared me.

I’ll go back to my memoirs of course, as the Grape Series is far from finished, but I yearned for a palate cleanser to keep my writing fresh.

I don’t want to undersell just how messy and at times disheartening it was to teach myself how to write a novel WHILE I wrote that novel. There were many times I was ready to bin the entire project, but my writerly tribe kept encouraging me and I kept learning and kept improving. There were also times though when I was encouraged by finally getting a line right or a scene right or understanding the true motivation of a character. That kept me going. I think one of the most important traits an author can possess is tenacity.

Why did you choose a vineyard setting? And, bien sûr, what are your favorite wines? (If you drink wine…)

I tend to love books set in the vineyards (like yours!) because winemaking naturally combines several elements of a good story – artistry, heartbreak, strong and often warring passions, complicated inheritance issues…I lived this myself during my five years living in Burgundy with my family. My husband is from a tiny winemaking village in Burgundy, and many of our close friends are winemakers, so I suppose I’m never far away from this world.  

I am greatly biased in favor of Burgundian wines, and my wine rule is only to drink the good stuff. Of course, I love a good Pinot – probably my faves are Savigny-les-Beaune and a Hautes-Côtes de Beaune that a friend of mine makes called “Orchis” and is made in a similarly inventive way as the “Cerasus” wine that plays an important part in A Vineyard for Two. For whites, I adore a good Chablis or a Pernand-Vergelesses.

Have you drawn from any of your life events in this book? If so, what are some of your favorite passages?

I’ve written a series of memoirs that are in my own voice and tell the story of how Burgundy became such a massive part of my life, so the characters in A Vineyard for Two are fictional. That being said, they are all collages of myself and people I know. I definitely drew on my Burgundy life when writing A Vineyard for Two, and I was endlessly pestering my winemaking friends and family with random questions about the maceration temperature of wine, the correct pruning techniques – things like that… I also drew on my own experience in the vineyards, helping friends with the harvest and going to numerous end-of-harvest parties (called La Paulée).

As far as passages, I love this one which speaks to the magic I find in Burgundy and its vineyards:

“When Maxime had finally persuaded Cerise to take over the vineyard lease under his guidance, she’d discovered herself in the scent of freshly turned soil in the morning, the acidic taste of a grape waiting to burst into maturity, the complex challenges of vinification, deciding just the perfect time to bottle her wine… Maxime had introduced Cerise to a new life, one she now needed like oxygen—oxygen that Clovis would likely rob from her.”  

How can people follow your fascinating life in France? 

I love connecting with my readers and do so in a variety of ways. The best way to keep up with the inner workings of my books, as well as enjoy tons of exclusive goodies, such as my French recipes, special giveaways, and contests, etc. is to join my “Grapevine” list. I try to send out an issue every two weeks or so. Just sign up here: www.bit.ly/LauraBradburyNewsletter

I’m also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/laurabradburywriter, Facebook at https://business.facebook.com/AuthorLauraBradbury Twitter athttps://twitter.com/Author_LB and Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.ca/bradburywriter/

My website is www.laurabradbury.com and you can always email me at laura@laurabradbury.com . I love nothing better than chatting with my readers.

Thank you, Laura, for sharing your writing process with us!

A Vineyard for Two is the first book in Laura's Winemakers Trilogy, and you can find all the buying links here on her website


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Jan’s books are also available to purchase in Deutsch, Dutch, Italiano, Lithuanian, Polish, and Russian. More languages coming soon!

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