This week, I received some exciting news. Bittersweet, book one in my Brothers of the Vine trilogy, has not only been nominated but is a finalist in two categories in the 2019 Australian Romance Readers Association annual awards.
Bittersweet is a finalist in the categories of Best Contemporary Romance and Romance that made me Cry.
This is such an honour to see Bittersweet receiving wonderful recognition.
Bittersweet was an emotionally challenging book to write. In fact, living within that head-space across the two years it took me to write this series was incredibly difficult. So, it's wonderful and such a nod to what I endured as an author to have become a finalist in the category - Books that made me Cry.
A vineyard, a family in pain, and the healing magic of cupcakes...
Amy Jenkins, a talented and ambitious chef, is left humiliated and debt–ridden, after her city restaurant fails. When her best friend calls asking for help in her small town cupcake shop, Amy jumps at the chance to hide out in the small town of Alpine Ridge while her shattered ego mends.
The youngest Mathews brother, Tom feels over–looked and under–appreciated. His brothers remember every mistake, but never give him the responsibility or opportunity to take his place in the family business. So, he spends three weeks out of every month working at a mine in the back–end of nowhere. But then Amy moves to town to help run his pregnant sister–in–law's bakery, and suddenly home seems to be where his heart is.
Amy's move was only ever meant to be temporary, but when tragedy strikes the Mathews family, Amy finds herself unable to move on. As she and Tom get closer, Amy finds every excuse to stay: first, she claims it's for the family, then she claims it's for the shop. But maybe, it's for her own heart...
If you haven't read Bittersweet yet and want to see what all the fanfare is about, please download a copy from your preferred digital e-tailer (available worldwide) and make up your own mind about this book.
You will find links to digital retailers at the bottom of this page.
Thanks to all the ARRA members who voted for Bittersweet and all the other finalists.