I really battled with this story and, more than once, wondered if I'd bitten off more than I could chew when I dreamed up the storyline. There were tears for more than one reason while I wrote this, that's for sure. All of that said, I'm very happy with the finished product. I hope my readers will be too and that they'll relish the strength of purpose Alexis brings to reuniting Raoul with his baby girl, when Alexis arrives to settle a debt she owes to her dead best friend.
You can read the opening scene of the book HERE.
The setting for this Master Vintner story is near Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand's stunning South Island. When my husband and I married, we were given a painting of French Bay, near Akaroa, and the area has always intrigued me. With a little more research, it became quite clear that the beauty of this area made this setting a must for this particular story. Akaroa, which in Maori means "long harbour", is a delightfully picturesque historic French and British settlement, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. At some stage in time, the sea breached the volcanic wall, thereby creating the Akaroa Harbour, which is currently a very popular stop for cruise ships and tourists.
It's an interesting thing, don't you think--wanting what you can't have? Most of the time, I think it makes us want something more and go to great lengths to get it. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes not so much. Have you ever had something that you wanted with all your might and couldn't have? And what happened after? Did you get it and love/hate it, or is it still something your heart desires?