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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Kathryn in FL
    Author, Ann Mah has published an exquisite novel. Though she is no stranger to writing for numerous food journals and pieces in leading world newspapers and magazines. This story is told in alternating voices and experiences of two women, Helene and Kate. Mah ties these women's lives together in an intriguing manner that provides for a fun and informative travel through history.Helene is Kate's great-aunt, an active participant in the resistance ...
  • Katie
    The best thing about this book was the beautiful cover. I was really excited to read it - and even bought it the week it came out - because I read quite a bit of WWII era historical fiction and had never heard about the abuse women suffered after the "liberation". Unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations. I felt the writing was amateurish. For example, the author tried to pull in past events to give context to present events (ge...
  • 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...
  • Jeanne Adamek
    As a number of my Goodread friends started reviewing this book I have to say that it caught my attention, but still I held back. I, honestly, am not a Francophil or a wine lover--but still there was one Goodread friend after another praising this story. I was intrigued. I also absolutely love historical novels so I bought this book and started reading.I have to admit that I found the very beginning of the story to be slow. Remembering the excitem...
  • 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...
  • 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...
    Ann Mah has a special ability that makes us read her book but never wanting to end it, every page I scrolled it made me sad that I'm going towards the ending! The story she has put within the novel is extraordinary beautiful and interesting! Definitely if you're wanting to choose a book to read you mustn't miss this one, The Lost Vintage has every feeling inside!.So the main character is Kate, a wine sommelier, and the novel takes place in the mo...
  • 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.
  • Dayna
    Reading this book was like having only 2 stations for channel surfing & not caring for either. I didn't feel invested in any the modern-day characters or their 1st world problems, the WWII characters were stock figures, the family situations seemed formulaic, the romance seemed forced, the ending too pat. I don't regret reading it (I needed something on the elliptical machine, after all), but I had expected so much more; war & terroir are a poten...
  • 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 ...