Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Book Club Fiction
Book Title and Tag Line: Sisters of the Vine
Eight Hundred Grapes meets A League of Their Own
Book Synopsis: Housewife and mother with a loving husband to take care of her – that’s all Liz, a Fifties gal, ever wanted. Over her father’s objections, she drops out of college to marry Rick, who dreams of living off the land. They buy a farm on a verdant hillside in the Hudson Valley, but can’t agree on what to plant. When they discover French-American hybrid grapes, Liz is confident they’ll be happy. Grapes are classy. As the rich soil sinks into her soul and the vines begin to thrive, the marriage grows rocky. Refusing to disappoint her father again, Liz is determined to make her marriage work… until she discovers a photograph hidden in the old barn. Faced with impossible decisions, Liz is desperate. She has a vineyard ready to harvest and no idea how to accomplish the task. Does she have the moxie to flourish? Or will she and the land turn fallow?
Book Title: The Disharmony of Silence
Book Synopsis: In 1915, jealous, bitter Rebecca Roth cuts all ties with her life-long friends, the Pearls. Eight years later, Rebecca’s son and young Lena Pearl begin keeping company in secret. Rebecca agrees to a truce when the couple marries. But the truce is fragile. Rebecca’s resentments run deep. In 2010, Carolyn Lee, fitness instructor and amateur photographer, must come to grips with the fact that her mother’s imminent death will leave her alone in the world. While preparing her childhood home for sale, she realizes for the first time that her mother’s antique brooch is identical to the one pinned to the lady’s dress in the painting hanging above the fireplace. Coincidence or connection? Carolyn is determined to find out. What she discovers has the potential to tear lives apart or to bring her the closeness and comfort she longs for. It all depends on how she handles her newfound knowledge.
Author note and topics for discussion: The strength of sisterhood, blood is not all that makes a family, publishing at an older age, networking and marketing tips, celebrating our own strengths, taking real life into fiction, inspiration, research, remaining independent later in life. What’s more fun than talking about books and writing? I’d love to join your book club, podcast, radio show, library group…we’ll have fun.
Author Bio: Linda Rosen’s books are set in the “not-too-distant past” and examine how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles thrown their way. A central theme is that blood is not all that makes a family– and they always feature a piece of jewelry! She is published by Black Rose Writing. Linda is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Women’s National Book Association where she is Co-Coordinator of the Great Group Reads committee which chooses books for National Reading Group Month.
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