Alessandra Baci, the girl who was widowed on her wedding day, has turned into the woman determined to save her family’s vineyard. Not only did she promise her late father she’d do so, she can’t imagine leaving her roots, her valley and the people who have loved and supported her all her life. She has a plan — restore the wedding cottage and market the wedding wine she makes. It will be a great package and surely bring in enough extra money to keep things going. She just needs a little help from Penn Bennett, the new guy at the vineyard next door.
Penn has just discovered he was the secret love child of the Bennett vineyard owner. He has built his own life as the host of a TV remodeling show, and while he would love to get involved with Alessandra, he is not so sure about projects that require his commitment to the valley. He also has doubts about the veracity of the pretty “Nun of Napa.” Can this whole scene be real? It sure isn’t like L.A. He would be shocked to learn that Alessandra has the same doubts about him. Hollywood is all about fake, right? It’s quite a march to the wedding chapel re-do, with real feelings to be unveiled along the way. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jun., 304 pp., $7.99)