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Book review and giveaway: The Wharf of Chartrons – I love France #107

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The Wharf of Chartrons

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I received this book for free in exchange
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I was in no way compensated for this post
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The Wharf of Chartrons
By
Jean-Paul Malaval

Publication Date:
August 12, 2014
at Open Road Media/Publishers Square
Pages: 468
ISBN: 978-14804-61192

Genre:
historical fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher for a virtual book tour
on France Book Tours

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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I have reviewed here a couple of mysteries focused on French wine, Treachery in Bordeaux and Nightmare in Burgundy. We are back in the Bordeaux region, this time with a historical novel.

I cannot say I am super excited by the writing of the book. I didn’t feel there was enough flow to it, but it could easily be due to the translation. I suspect it’s much more alive in the original French.

But the book is very rich in its characters. The two main ones, David and Gaspard, are cousins and they come from 2 important families of vintners. They are very different from each other, one is quite rebellious, the other one more quiet, happy to work silently for hours in his vineyard.
They follow the steps of their respective grand-fathers, quite colorful characters, Octave and Eugène.

As is not unusual in small villages in France, there’s been some feuds going on for generations between the two families, and the younger cousins have enough of it: they are ready to forget all about these conflicts and pursue the art of wine-making further away.

The novel is about their decision to leave, and their adventure as they settle in the Bordeaux region and discover love, jealousy, and ambition. There’s a lot of deceit going on, including between the 2 cousins. You will follow their lives until some dramatic events that will lead them to even further horizons.

What’s really excellent about the book is how its is packed with historical events going on in the background.

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