The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

The Lost Vintage

Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War IITo become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine Examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will ...

Details The Lost Vintage

TitleThe Lost Vintage
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, France, War, World War II

Reviews The Lost Vintage

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 delectable stars to The Lost Vintage! 🍇 🍷 🍇 🍷 🍇 The Lost Vintage introduces Kate as she returns to her family’s vineyard in Burgundy, France, and while there, she uncovers a hidden room containing a lost diary and a host of secrets. The most intriguing was a family picture from the late 1930s containing an unknown person. Who was it? Another family member? And why wouldn’t Kate know who this person was?The Lost Vintage is bro...
  • Chris
    “The world needs novels like The Lost Vintage: page-turning tales that remind us both of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. The Lost Vintage moves seamlessly between the indignities and horrors of occupied France in the Second World War and the pride and passion of serious winemakers in the present. It’s a remarkable novel.”
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsThe Lost Vintage is a beautifully crafted tale told in a dual timeline format, and both stories are equally compelling. In the present-day tale, Kate is studying to pass the Master of Wine Examination and travels to her family estate in Burgundy to attempt to master the Burgundian vintages. While there, she uncovers a hidden room filled with World War 2 Resistance pamphlets and a vast amount of valuable wine. Spurred on by her discovery,...
  • Tammy
    A solid 5 ☆ and one of the best novels I’ve read this year! ❤The Lost Vintage has two stories alternating from past to present. The past is a compelling story of the life Hélène lived during the Nazi occupation in France. Is truly gripping + heartbreaking. Fast forward to present. Kate has failed the Master of Wine Examination twice and after losing her job she visits her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy. While cleaning out the c...
  • Tasha Alexander
    Ann Mah is an extraordinary writer, and her new book, The Lost Vintage, is a delicious concoction of mystery, deftly handled family drama, and a fascinating glimpse into the world of wine-making. A vineyard in Burgundy, secrets hidden since World War II, and two perfectly-balanced narratives (one contemporary, one set during the war), make this an unforgettable read. Mah never, ever disappoints - I've loved all of her books, but this might just b...
  • Kaya Dimitrova
    Ревю => ~ ~ „Бургундските дневници“ е роман, който ме потопи в истории за погребани семейни тайни, носещи аромата на вино и чара на Франция. Написана леко и увлекателно и разказваща за съдбите на две силни и целеустремени жен...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    I loved this Historical Fiction novel set in Burgundy France. The story is told in past and present day. Kate returns to her family home to study for the Master of Wine examination that she has failed twice. She makes herself useful to her cousin Nico and his wife Heather by helping them prepare the house to be turned into a bed and breakfast. While there, she discovers a secret cave filled with Resistance literature and vintage vine. This leads ...
  • Megan
    I had a hunch I was going to really enjoy this book and I was correct. I absolutely ADORED it !! Not only was it based on two of my most favorite things, which would be historical fiction & 🍷 , but the story and the way the author unfolded it, was perfection !! I was sad when I turned the last page !🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 Cheers !!!!
  • Rebecca
    While Kate, a wine sommelier, was in France studying for the Master of Wine test, she also discovered a secret in her family's past that altered her life forever. Told in a dual timeline, the story alternated between diary entries written during WWII in occupied France and present day. Both stories were compelling and kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. What decades old secret did Kate uncover while staying with her cousin, Nico, and hi...
  • Danielle Trussoni
    The Lost Vintage was immediately alluring, as I am both a wine lover and Francophile. These elements alone would have been enough, but Ann Mah's characters, and the way that their lives intersect with family secrets kept since the Second World War, kept my interested. I was particularly impressed by her ability to weave historical information into an engrossing story.
  • Nina Draganova
    Веднага щом видях тази така красиво оформена книга , реших , че няма как да не си я купя.Очаквах , че ще бъде "изпипана котюрна рокля със семпла, елегантна кройка " - както се е изразила в нея авторката.Уви, получих зле съшита конфекция.По дяволите, защ...
  • Taryn Pierson
    As someone who isn't particularly interested in fine wine or French culture, I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Lost Vintage. (There is currently sangria in a can in my fridge, to sum up my wine cred.) Even if you’ve never swooned over a pinot grigio or imagined yourself cruising with the top down in the French countryside, Ann Mah will make you want to grab the next flight, roll up your pant legs, and stomp around in some grapes a la I Lov...
  • Helena DaSilva
    A page-turning tale novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II.
  • Sue
    This is the first book that I've read by Ann Mah and it definitely won't be the last. This was a fantastic well written novel that takes place in France with a dual time line of present day and the 1940s during WWII. It had mystery, romance and took place in France - what can be better than that?Usually when books are written with dual time lines, I like one story better than the other. In The Lost Vintage, I found both story lines interesting an...
  • Alison Needham
    Smart, tender-hearted and warm, this book moves between two worlds — Nazi occupied France and today where a sommelier heads from the US back to her French family to hone her skills to prepare for her master sommelier exam. While there, she stumbles upon family secrets that have been buried since WWII. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so much about what life was like in France during the war, and the sacrifices made by so many women who were le...
  • Dayle (the literary llama)
    Bonjour les amoureux des livres! I had the pleasure of reading THE LOST VINTAGE last week and I’m so excited to share my thoughts. I easily gave it 4 Stars.A woman, Kate, studying for the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination, returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II... intriguing no?! First off, a ...
  • Jan
    This was a Goodreads win thank you. I loved this book, in fact I started it and read it in one day, I had to know how it ended.Kate lives in the USA she is trying to pass the Master of Wine examination, she is stressing over it, as she has failed in the past. As a child, her French mother use to take her back to the family vineyards in France to be with family. She later fell in love with Jean-Luc who's family had the vineyard down the road, howe...
  • Lisa
    The Lost Vintage is a gripping story of a young woman who returns to her family's ancestral home in Burgundy to study for the Master of Wine exam. While helping to clean out the cellar, she discovers a secret cave filled with thousands of bottles of wine hidden before Nazi occupation during WWII. As she delves into her family's secret past, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family and what is important in her own li...
  • Kate Olson
    4.5 STARS! Thanks to TLC Book Tours for this free review copy!*If you love WWII fiction + wine + France + dual timelines, this is a MUST-READ! I absolutely loved it and was so, so impressed with the story and the intricate detail regarding vineyards and the wine industry. The WWII narrative was a unique perspective that I haven't read before, even after reading MANY WWII stories. This is definitely on my list of favorite books of Summer 2018!*the...
  • Jodie
    This was a fantastic book! I love how the story was told from two different time periods and two different characters (Kate and Helene). The author did an amazing job describing the time period, the landscape, and (of course) the wine! I had so many different feelings during this book - intrigue, outrage, happiness, and sadness. I highly recommend this book!I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway- thank you so much to Goodreads and the publi...
  • Barbara Leuthe
    Great read,I loved the whole concept of the lost wine and finding a lost family member.It kind of had two stories in one .The past and present made for an interesting read. I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
  • Renee
    I won this book from Goodreads, and I'm very thankful to the author, publishers and Goodreads. I loved everything about this book -- the two stories and how they were connected, the characters, and the history. Such a beautifully written story.
  • Casey
    A jarring, moving WWII page-turner. I learned a lot about the occupation -- reminiscent of the incredible movie "Leon Morin, Priest" with Belmondo -- and found the parallel contemporary story utterly absorbing. Loved the author's pace and prose. A true talent.
  • Jackie
    If you like wine, France and good food, this book is for you. While it was predictable, it was also a good story and I certainly enjoyed it. Happy Reading!!
  • Kyra Johnson
    I absolutely LOVED this book and it was a page-turner, for sure. The Lost Vintage is a charming novel that weaves together the past horrors of occupied France in the Second World War with a modern-day ancestral vineyard in Burgundy, France.*Some spoilers below*Told in dual timeline format, the story starts off by following Kate, who is studying to pass the elaborate Master of Wine Examination. Kate travels from her home in California to her ...
  • Stephanie Tracy
    Wow. This might honestly be the best book I've read/listened to so far in 2018. I am SO grateful to the stranger in a Facebook group that happened to mention this book, which I'd never heard of. A book about wine! About France! With a historical/WWII sub-plot! Yes! I was excited, yet cautious - as I always am - when diving into a new author's work. I shouldn't have worried... this book was seriously amazing. We meet Kate, a successful sommelier a...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    If there ever was a book that made me want to grab a seat on the next plane to France and drink wine it is this book. Ann Mah, a Travel and Food writer and novelist, provides readers with stunning descriptions of the Burgundy region of France, its wine and history, as the backdrop to a story about a long-held family secret. The story is told using two equally compelling narratives: Kate, a young woman in 2015 who is studying to become one of the ...
  • Marie Asselin
    I didn't know anything about The Lost Vintage's storyline before I started reading it, but I was gripped from the very first pages. There have been so many novels set in romanticized France published in the past, and I, of course, have read all of them because they're entertaining. But my standards for Francophile stories won't be the same after reading The Lost Vintage. Ann Mah's managed to create a rich, gripping, fascinating story that offers ...
  • Lisa
    As Kate prepares for the Master of Wine exam, she visits her family's vineyard in France. While there, she discovers a secret room that dates back to WW II. Helene -- who built the room with her father -- reveals her story in diary entries throughout, adding to a thoroughly entertaining story.I also enjoyed learning more about what it means to be a wine expert. I know I'd be able to tell the difference between a chardonnay and reisling in a blind...
  • Melissa
    Historical fictional novel set during both WWII in France, and present day France and USA. A sommelier returns to her family's French vineyard in Burgundy to visit before her test to become Master of Wine certified as she is in dire need of brushing up on her wines. She is ambivalent because when her former French fiance's father had died years ago she returned to the USA and broke it off via electronic means and doesn't want to see him because i...