Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree

Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard

The follow-up to Raintree's sparkling debut Perfectly Undone, MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD brilliantly meshes the provocative relationship fiction of Jennifer Weiner with the nuanced family dynamics of Karen White in this story of a young woman who reconnects with her estranged best friend to complete their teenage bucket list, but the man who came between them years ago reappears to challenge their bond once again.A young woman at a crossr...

Details Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard

TitleMidnight at the Wandering Vineyard
Release DateMar 26th, 2019
PublisherGraydon House
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

Reviews Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard

  • Berit☀️✨
    Beautiful cover. Beautiful setting. Beautiful story. Jamie Raintree will whisk you away to central California wine country in this lovely story packed with friendship and love. This is a book about forgiveness, family, and finding out who you are. This is the perfect escapist read to take you away after a hard day. So... poor yourself a glass of wine, get comfortable in your favorite reading spot, and transport yourself to the beauty that is wine...
  • Holly B
    My first by the author and I am happy to report that I loved it!It was the perfect book to cozy up to with my favorite glass of Merlot. The vineyard setting and whimsical touches made it an easy read. It was just the escape that I needed. Her writing flowed nicely with "just enough" details to make it immersive.A perfect blend of women's fiction/chick-lit and a bit of romance that had me wanting to get back to this one and find out if Mallory w...
  • Mackey
    Another one that I got from the library so this is just a quick little write up and not a full review. If you're in the mood for a very light read without any deep connections, a story about friendship and light romance then this is fine. The writing was good, the characters likable, not very deep but okay, the relationships never really caught on for me but it was such a quick read that I'm not sure it mattered. If I needed something to read at ...
  • Zoe
    Evocative, affecting, and heartfelt!Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a heartwarming, touching story that immerses you in a tale about confronting the past, taking risks, being true to one’s self, following your heart, and the importance of never losing sight of your own wants, needs, and dreams.The writing is vivid and impassioned. The characters are flawed, genuine, and endearing, And the plot is an exceptionally absorbing tale about life...
  • Amy
    3.5/5It was love at first sight for me as soon as I saw this stunning cover, I had a feeling that with a cover this beautiful the inside would have to be just as gorgeous and I was right, this was a really lovely story about forgiveness, family and doing what makes you happy.One of the things I enjoy most about the authors books is her ability to create realistic characters with messy lives and histories that could be any one of us. Mallory is ba...
  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
    The prodigal daughter comes home. wanting to reevaluate and make right the issues and mistakes of her past Mallory uses a gathering at her parents home as an opportunity to set things right... or at least try. So many things within the pages of MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD by Jamie Raintree make this a perfect read for the upcoming spring and summer. Especially if you're a fan of romancing about college days of youth and looking on things w...
  • Lorilin
    Mallory hasn’t been back to visit her hometown in ten years. She left California on the heels of two major setbacks: first, a break up with her then quasi-boyfriend, Sam; and second (and more devastating) a massive fight with her lifelong best friend, Kelly. Unable to deal with the emotional fallout, she left for school and never looked back. Now she’s a successful marketing exec in New York, adored by her boss and about to be promoted. She...
  • BookGypsy
    4 starsMallory and Kelly are best friends sharing everything until, Mallory meets Sam. The summer that changes everything. After ten-years Mallory is back home longing to connect and make amends with Kelly. A touching heart felt story of friendship, secrets, heartache and forgiveness. A wonderful debut.Dawnny Ruby-BookGypsyNovels N Latte BlogNovels & Latte Book Club
  • Jacqueline Francis
    Sometimes you read a book and you don’t know what you’re going to get. With this one, I was expecting more romance, but it turned out to be a story of family and friendship, and that’s okay! I enjoyed this story a lot. It did fall flat for me at times. There were instances where I couldn’t picture the characters or the setting, and that was hard. It was also difficult for me to grapple with the main character not wanting to stay in such a...
  • angelareadsbooks
    Mallory returns home for a short trio after being gone for 10 years. As this story unfolds we learn about what happened between Mallory and Kelly, the last summer before college. And why after a summer fling, Sam and Mallory parted ways. This is the story of friendship and family and self discovery. Can you ever go home? And can the past be repaired. I enjoyed the setting of this story. And it was definitely what drew me to it. I appreciated how ...
  • Patty
    Midnight at Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree is my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it. It hooked me in from the first page. It was filled with drama and emotional roller coasters. I plan on reading this author's other book, Perfectly Undone. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good drama. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you.
  • Amanda B
    I’m glad this wasn’t a stereotypical second chance romance, but it sure felt like it was going to be, pretty much until the very end. The book was definitely more about Mallory and Kelly’s friendship more than anything. I did like how Sam came between the two when they were young but this time, their friendship could weather his place in their lives. I’m glad Mallory didn’t end up with Sam, because he wasn’t likeable and I was going t...
  • Andrea
    The gorgeous cover and promise of wine country drew me into this book. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but everything about this book was perfect and refreshing. Growing up is hard. Navigating friendships, romantic relationships and parental relationships is hard. This book was so down to earth and I loved it for that.
  • Amy Lynn
    Mallory is returning home to the vineyard after many years away. Having been thru so much in her time away she is now faced with her past, memories and old familiar faces she once had tried to push from her memory. Kelly her longtime friend have not spoken in years. Slowly they begin to grow closer again and decide to embark on completing their bucket list they created as youngsters. A lighthearted quick read. Friendships and family and of course...
  • Hannah
    Thank you goodreads for an ARC of this book!My goal of 2019 was to be able to quit a book if I wasn't enjoying it. This was going to be the first book I did that on...but for some reason, I kept going...and wow...I'm absolutely glad I did! If you can make it through the protagonist's first 50 pages where she complains and whines...you'll find she really does turn it around! She faces challenges and mends and builds relationships that feel complet...
  • Ruby
    A story of friendship, forgiveness, and learning from one's mistake... Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard is a sweet emotion ride on the twisted turns of a roller coaster. It brings together a gorgeous vineyard, the woman it raised, and her best friend who was estranged all because of a boy. When Mallory returns home, she yearns to make amends with Kelly after lies and secrets pulled them apart, but with the return brings a reason they broke up i...
  • Christine Moore
    Mallory and Kelly have been best friends since elementary school. They are more like sisters than best friends. In the summer before they leave for college they make a summer bucket list. As they were doing all their fun things, Sam came to town. Mallory spent a lot of time with Sam almost forgetting their bucket list. Mallory and Kelly have a huge fight and Mallory goes off to college without Kelly. 10 years later, Mallory comes back to town to ...
  • Seema Rao
    Realistic ~ Unanticipate ~ Empoweringtl; dr: Girl returns to California vineyard where she grew up and runs into an old flame. Romance novels often play up the second chance romance trope. Without any spoilers, this book plays with that second chance romance trope in an enjoyable and unanticipated manner. The California wine country (Paso Robles) is depicted fairly well, and the main character is appealing. But, the real charm of this book is the...
  • Kate (kate_reads_)
    Ten years ago, Mallory left her family’s home at a vineyard in CA to attend college in NYC and has barely been back since. That last summer before college ended with a big fight with her best friend Kelly and they haven’t spoken since.Now that Mallory is back for a week to visit - it’s her chance to see if she can make things right again with the friend who was always more like a sister. We see alternating timelines between the present and ...
  • Paula Ackley
    This is one of those books that if I hadn't read it I wouldn't be missing anything. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't that good. The storyline was long, plodding and slow. Any meaning, insight or enjoyment of the book was almost lost in the pages of Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard. Mallory is one of those people that got out of the small town but the small town never got out of Mallory even though she's lived in NYC for 10 years. Many people never...
  • Bin Blogs Books
    Mallory, on the cusp of a big promotion, goes home to attend a family gathering in hopes of finally closing a few doors to her past; hoping to finally be happy. The author takes you through a coming of age of sorts seem through the lens of maturity and brings readers to a beautifully picturesque setting to do so.
  • Alysha Blackburn
    3.5/5 Picked this book up because of the cover and the beautiful artwork on it. Hello wine!! Easy read.. some parts left unresolved, which made me wanting more... which in turn could be a good thing. Overall a good book to waste some time with.
  • Susan Burlew
    A wonderful story about family and relationships. Mallory goes home to visit her family at their vineyard in California. She has been living in New York for ten years and has only been home for a few brief visits. Growing up her best friend was Kelly. They had a huge fight right after graduation and haven't spoken since then. A big part of her visit is to try to mend their friendship. The story flips between the present and ten years ago. Mallory...
  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
    Thank you to NetGalley, Graydon House, and Jamie Raintree for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. Like:- Mallory’s relationship with her ex best friend - it shows that through communication you can reconcile some differences. A very mature way of dealing with the situation that sets a good example- Not all just sappy unrealistic romanceLove: —Dislike: - The age difference - yes they’re both adults but she just ...
  • Leigh
    ‘Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard’ is perfect Hallmark movie material! Read why here: https://moderngirlsbookclub.wordpress...
  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    Thanks to the publisher for my free copy.I thought this cover was so pretty! This was a blend of women’s fiction, chick lit and romance that went deeper than I realized it would. It was a nice change of pace. I found myself really liking the story and while the ending surprised me a little bit, I enjoyed this novel. I wasn't a fan of the ending, which is why I didn't give it 4 stars. I don't want to spoil it - if you like women's fiction, I'd t...
  • Lucy
    Friends and lovers, then and now. Mallory and Kelly have been best friends, almost inseparable, since elementary school. During the last summer before going off to university, Mallory fell head over heels for Sam, six years older and working for her father. And that same summer, maybe because of Sam, the girls’ relationship fell apart. Now, 10 years later, Mallory returns home. Kelly is still there. Sam is back. What will happen to their relati...
  • Kathleen
    t’s been 10 years since Mallory has been home to visit. She takes the 20-year anniversary of her parents’ vineyard as the reason to return. While there she re-evaluates her past and relationships with others. She tries to figure out who she is and wants to be and sets out to rebuild or put to rest some past relationships. She wants to reconnect with her ex BFF and figure out if they can rebuild their relationship. She doesn’t always make th...
  • Olivia Farr
    "Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard" follows Mallory on her journey home to the vineyard (Wandering Vineyard) her family owns in California. For the past ten years, she has been avoiding her hometown while she lives in New York City. She got her degree from Columbia in marketing and then continued on at a big marketing firm. She is about to get a promotion, but she knows something big is missing from her life- mainly her best friend with whom she...
  • Sherri Lewis
    *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewWhen Mallory returns to her family's vineyard for the party she hopes that while she is there she can make amends with Kelly, who had always been her best friend right up until that final summer before college. Things were said, betrayals were made, and hearts were broken. Once Mallory gets back to the land she loves, and the family he has missed, she realizes that ...