The Italian Sister (The Wine Lover’s Daughter, Book 1) by Christa Polkinhorn
Standing at her father’s grave in California, Sofia Laverne mourns his untimely death. Henry had not only been a loving parent but Sofia’s best friend and mentor. Imagine her shock and grief when she finds out her father had lived a double-life, that she has a ten-year younger sister and inherited a vineyard in Tuscany. Torn between anger about his betrayal, grief for her loss, and hopeful anticipation, Sofia packs her bags and takes off for Italy to meet fourteen-year old Julietta. Arriving in the small hill town of Vignaverde, she is greeted by olive groves, neat rows of grape vines, and picturesque houses. Some of the inhabitants of this beautiful estate are, unfortunately, less welcoming and resent her intrusion into the family business. Soon, strange occurrences begin to frighten Sofia. When a suspicious accident lands her in the hospital, Sofia fears for her life.
Part family drama, part romantic suspense, THE ITALIAN SISTER takes us on a wild journey from California to Tuscany and provides glimpses into the exciting world of winemaking.
“A WONDERFUL TRIP TO TUSCANY”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Lizzy
I thoroughly enjoyed taking this enchanting, suspenseful, and heartwarming journey to Tuscany in The Italian Sister. The author did a wonderful job of researching the art of winemaking, and blending it together with great storytelling.
I was fascinated from the beginning, when Sofia Laverne from California not only gets the bad news that her father, Henry, has died suddenly of a heart attack, but also that she has inherited a Tuscan vineyard and has a fourteen-year-old sister.
From the time Sofia arrives in Italy, her greatest journey, an emotional one, begins. Sofia and her newly found family get to know one another, but someone is out to get Sofia, putting her in the terrible position of not knowing who she can trust. As I read, I kept wondering what I would do in a similar situation.
I look forward (very much) to the next book in this series.
About the Author
Born and raised in Switzerland, I have always had the desire to explore the world outside of my beautiful but tiny country. I traveled in Europe, China, Japan as well as South America. Now, I live and work as writer and translator in southern California. My interest in foreign cultures informs my work and my novels take place in several countries. I published a volume of poetry (The Path of Fire). Now, I write and publish contemporary fiction with a focus on family drama/love stories (The Family Portrait trilogy). My latest work includes an element of romantic suspense. Aside from writing and traveling, I am an avid reader and a lover of the arts, dark chocolate, and red wine.