Life is a Cabernet: A Wine Country Novella

Life is a Cabernet: A Wine Country Novella

Jan Moran Founding author
A mysterious winemaker. A heart devastated by war. A long-buried secret.
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Henri Laurent’s wine is among the finest in Napa. So why isn’t he selling it? Juliana Cardona is almost afraid to find out...

Napa Valley, 1956: After Juliana’s fiancé died in an army ambush in S. Korea, she didn’t know if she could ever find the strength to risk love again. Now Juliana, who has a passion for winemaking, is determined to build her own business as a wine publicist and create an independent life. 

But when Juliana holds a press event in San Francisco, she meets a mysterious winemaker, Henri Laurent, who has two children and is everything she never thought she’d find again. However, Juliana is shocked to discover that Henri is hiding a long-buried secret with roots in WWII that threatens to devastate their budding relationship.

To find happiness and the life she’d once thought was gone forever, Juliana must find the strength to uncover tragedies and face the troubled past with the man she loves—but only if her heart can risk the chance of love once more.

From Jan Moran, a USA Today bestselling novelist of women’s fiction, comes a riveting novella that’s as rich and irresistible as a fine cabernet wine. Life is a Cabernet is a companion story to The Winemakers, a full-length, 20th-century historical novel set in 1950s Napa and Tuscany, which tells the story of winemaker Caterina Rosetta. The Winemakers saga is published in a 12+ languages and is ideal for readers of women’s fiction authors, including Danielle Steel and Kristin Hannah.


“Caterina is a dream of a protagonist, and her mother, for all her flaws, is relatable as a parent so desperate to see her child happy and prosperous that she will do whatever it takes. Readers will devour this page-turner as the mystery and passions spin out. VERDICT: A solid pick for fans of historical romances combined with a heartbreaking mystery.” - Library Journal

“As she did with fragrance and scent-making in Scent of Triumph, Moran weaves knowledge of wine and winemaking into this intense family drama.” – Booklist

“We were spellbound by the thread of deception weaving the book’s characters into a tangled web, and turned each page anticipating the outcome.” - The Mercury News

“Absolutely adored THE WINEMAKERS. Beautifully layered and utterly compelling. Intriguing from start to finish. A story not to be missed.” - Jane Porter, USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author 

“Wildly romantic and utterly compelling, THE WINEMAKERS is full of family secrets and gorgeous descriptions of the Italian countryside and the vineyards of the Napa Valley. I was completely swept away!” - Anita Hughes, author of Rome In Love

“Told with exquisite elegance and style, THE WINEMAKERS is a dazzling tale rich with family secrets, fine wine, and romance that will leave you breathless.”- Juliette Sobanet, author of Sleeping with Paris

Release date: October 14, 2016

Publisher: Sunny Palms Press

Print pages: 98

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