Book Review – My Grape Year by Laura Bradbury
I really enjoy reading and reviewing other authors’ books, and posting my reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and BookBub. As a self published author, I like to think of it as good Karma.
Goodread’s Reading Challenge
Last year, I read 50 books in the Goodread’s Reading Challenge.
In 2018, I have already read and reviewed 67 books!
I will be sharing some of my favourite books over the next few weeks, with the aim of posting regular book reviews over the coming months.
We Love Memoirs
Laura Bradbury’s series of memoirs caught my eye in the “We Love Memoirs” Facebook group. She has published five books in her Grape series.
I enjoyed Laura’s books so much that I read all five books inside a month!
My Grape Year is the first book in the series. If you read it you will feel compelled to visit Burgundy.
At the age of seventeen in a last-minute twist of fate, Laura Bradbury is sent to Burgundy, France, for a year’s exchange. She arrives knowing only a smattering of French and with no idea what to expect in her first foray out of North America. With a head full of dreams and a powerful desire to please, Laura quickly adapts to Burgundian life, learning crucial skills such as the fine art of winetasting and how to savor snails.
However, the charming young men of the region mean Laura soon runs afoul of the rules, particularly the no-dating edict. Romantic afternoons in Dijon, early morning pain au chocolat runs, and long walks in the vineyards are wondrous but also present Laura with a conundrum: How can she keep her hosts happy while still managing to follow her heart? Follow along on Laura’s journey to I’amour in My Grape Year.
This book came highly recommended and I was not disappointed. Laura sets out on a year long educational exchange at the tender age of 17. She stays with four very different families in the Burgundy region of France. Although her French language skills are lacking at the outset, she soon becomes familiar with its vocabulary, and creates a network of friendships with a host of characters.
Romance is high on Laura’s wish list and the year does not disappoint!
I learned a huge amount about the food and wine of the region, as well as its delightful landscape and people.
Laura writes from the heart and “My Grape Year” ranks highly among my favourite reads of the year.
You can learn more about Laura’s books, and buy them HERE
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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