The Vineyard at Painted Moon
Mackenzie Dienes seems to have it all—a beautiful home, close friends and a successful career as an elite winemaker with the family winery. There’s just one problem—it’s not her family, it’s her husband’s. In fact, everything in her life is tied to him—his mother is the closest thing to a mom that she’s ever had, their home is on the family compound, his sister is her best friend. So when she and her husband admit their marriage is over, her pain goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the brink of losing everything. Her job, her home, her friends and, worst of all, her family.
Staying is an option. She can continue to work at the winery, be friends with her mother-in-law, hug her nieces and nephews—but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can surrender every piece of her heart in order to build a legacy of her own. If she can dare to let go of the life she thought she wanted, she might discover something even more beautiful waiting for her beneath a painted moon.
I am a fan of of Susan and her books. I loved the vineyard scenery. Reading this book so got me in the mood for a good glass of wine and spring/summer. This book is not your light hearted feel good romance read. Which is not a bad thing. The story was a bit more on the serious side with family dynamics and emotions.
When it came to Mackenzie, I liked her. I was rooting for her the whole time. In the beginning, she kind of got the short end of the stick but by the end of the story; she did come out just fine if not a bit stronger.
I am not saying that this is not a bad book as I did like it. I just was not as connected to most of the characters in this story. Therefore, I was more "reading" versus immersing myself in this story. Fans of Susan will still enjoy this book.