A DELICATE FINISH
Francesca Harris was devastated when her husband, Jake, left her and their young son, Nick, two years ago without an explanation. But she went on running the family vineyard successfully with the help of Jake's mother, Julianne.
Now things are changing, and quickly. Jake's back to ask Francesca for another chance, but he's not saying much about where he's been. A winemaking conglomerate is trying to move into the valley and one of its employees, Mitch Gillette, is romancing Julianneand succeeding. And Francesca's estranged mother has come to town, further stirring things up.
Baker is an excellent storyteller, and she expertly brings all the disparate elements of this tale together in a pleasing way. She even manages to make the nitty-gritty details about winemaking riveting. (Jun., 384 pp., $6.99)