British blow-in, Rose Bennett, is heartbroken, overweight, irritable and a long way from home. She isn’t sure what exactly she’s doing at Kalkari Wines in the Australian Shingle Valley – it’s the middle of winter and far from the lush, romantic vineyard setting she’d been expecting.
Her brother thinks she’s spying for him, her bad-tempered new boss thinks she’s the au pair and the nanny can’t wait for her to clean the place up. Discovering pagan bonfire ceremonies, bizarre winemaking practices and a valley full of eccentric locals, Rose just wishes she’d ended up somewhere a bit warmer.
But as the weather improves, the valley reveals its beauty, and Rose starts to fall in love: with the valley, the wines, the two children she’s helping to look after, and one of the men there.
When her boss’s estranged wife returns and her brother descends, wanting answers, Rose is torn between staying put or cutting her losses.
If ever there was a place for the zombie apocalypse, this could be it, thought Rose, shivering in the chilly wind that felt like it had blown direct from Antarctica to the Shingle Valley. Parallel rows of bare, withered vines stretched across the landscape as far as the eye could see, stark against the washed-out grey sky, while in the distance the dark shadows of what she presumed must be the Shingle Hills loomed, looking very much like a giant’s crumpled, discarded handkerchief.
Kayte Nunn is a freelance book, magazine and web editor and writer with more than 20 years’ publishing experience and is the former editor of Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine. She is also a mother to two girls and when not writing, reading or ferrying her daughters around she can be found in the kitchen, procrasti-baking.
Rose’s Vintage is her first novel.
You can find her at www.kaytenunn.com or https://www.facebook.com/Kayte-Nunn-1024204577640591/