Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Wharf of Chartrons Review & Giveaway

The Wharf of Chartrons

[historical fiction]
 Release date: August 12, 2014
at Open Road Integrated Media
468 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4804-6119-2


A family linked by wine and old rivalries sets out for new territory, during the turmoil of World War I.
David and Gaspard are cousins, bonded by family and their allegiance to their winemaking heritage. Parting with tradition and moving their vineyards near Bordeaux threatens to upset the family peace, but that’s only the beginning of their trouble. Short on funds, they are forced to team with a wealthy but morally corrupt engineer—though perhaps at a cost too high for the cousins…
Despite the odds, David and Gaspard succeed in making a successful wine, Clos-Marzacq. Along the way, they each fall in love, though not always in the best of circumstances. And now, to cement their successes, the cousins need to secure a stronghold on the Wharf of Chartrons, seen as the gateway to selling into England and America.
The Wharf of Chartrons exalts the passion of men who have a love of their land, and who are concerned about drawing the very best wine from it.  [provided by the publisher]


Jean-Paul Malaval was a journalist before turning to a career as a writer of local photography books and later fiction.
In 1982, he began what would become a long-term relationship with the publishing house Éditions Milan, in Toulouse.
To date, Jean-Paul Malaval has written ten works of historical fiction,
mainly based in the region where he grew up, the Corrèze, which is near the Dordogne.
Five of his ten novels have been published by Presses de la Cité.
He is loyal to his home region and has been mayor of the town of Vars-sur-Roseix in Corrèze since 1995.
Visit the wikipedia page on him [in French]

where Jean-Paul Malaval speaks about the art of writing

My Review:
This book was interesting because it was a look at a vineyard during WWI in France. It was a different view from other books about WWI that I have read. I really enjoyed that the main characters are cousins and their family heritage. The trade business between England and America was different then it is today, and yet so similar. The author also brings morality into question and what so people would do for money and success. This was a fun book to read and the ending proves that love makes a family, not dna. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.


1 comment:

  1. thanks so much for your great review. Glad you liked it and that you experienced something different through it. Emma