A Good Year by Peter Mayle
Genre: contemporary fiction
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Date: June 4, 2009
Reviewed by: Caitlin Anderson
Fiction Addict Scorecard: B
Max is a 30-something Londoner who has lost everything to corporate greed. Not his greed. The greed of a backstabbing colleague who takes everything Max has worked so hard for out from underneath poor Max’s feet.
On the same day, Max discovers that his favorite uncle has died…and left him a vineyard in the South of France. And that’s when things start to get interesting.
If you’ve ever daydreamed about owning a vineyard while sipping a glass of good wine, you’ll want to write down the name of Peter Mayle. Mayle is an expat who lives in France and writes witty books about whimsical characters who live and breathe the Provençal life.
In “A Good Year,” Mayle leads readers on a journey full of plot twists in the heart of wine country. Max encounters liars, cheats, and generous benefactors…all before leaving London. When he finds himself at his inherited winery, he feels himself slowly come alive again as he revisits what it means to be a good man and leave a legacy. It’s not long before he’s distracted by the pretty faces…and legs…of the local ladies and caught up in the business affairs of running a winery. Throw in a secret wine label, a long lost cousin from California, and scheming matchmakers, and you’ve got yourself a rollicking tale best paired with a juicy cab.