By Peter Mayle
From Peter Mayle, an excellent new novel steeped in wine—and the company of wine—and set in, bien sûr, Provence.
Max Skinner isn't really precisely environment the London monetary international on fire?and whilst his manager steals his largest patron, it’s certainly time to examine the winery in Provence that his lately departed uncle left him. Heartily and fortunately distracted upon his arrival through the panorama, the elements, and the food?not to say the beautiful notaire handling the property and the beautiful proprietor of the neighborhood bistro?Max nearly forgets approximately his inherited property.
Which could have been a good suggestion, as the wine produced there's swill. yet then why, Max has to ask yourself, is his caretaker so fearful to procure the land? while a stunning younger girl from California arrives with what could be a sound declare at the property, and information of vineyards that a long way outstrips Max’s personal, the plot starts off its twists and becomes and out of really outstanding problems and resolutions.
This is luscious reading?soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence whereas it tells a desirable story of the highly profitable and aggressive boutique-wine alternate. it really is Peter Mayle’s so much gratifying, so much delectable novel but.
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It was evening when the phone woke him. The golfers on the screen didn’t seem to have made any progress since Max had dropped off several hours before. Perhaps it was a long hole. He turned off the TV and picked up the phone. “There you are, you old bugger. I tried you at the office, but they said you’d left early. ” It was Charlie, his closest friend and ex-brother-in-law. Max yawned. “I’m fine. No, actually, I’m not fine. ” “It’s going to start getting better. Tonight, you and I are celebrating the promotion of Charles Willis, real estate’s rising star.
I could never stand her anyway; you’re better off without her. And so their friendship had survived the marriage, if anything stronger than before. “Now then,” said Charlie, pouring champagne, “listen to this. They’ve doubled my salary, given me a Mercedes and full partnership shares, and told me the world’s my oyster. ” He raised his glass. ” “Congratulations, Charlie. ” Max sipped his wine and studied the bubbles spiraling up from the base of his glass. Champagne, he thought, was always associated with good times—a drink for optimists.
Three Standing in the shower after his morning run, hot water beating down on a skull tenderized by alcohol, Max reviewed the changes that had occurred during the past twenty-four hours, and found them all good. Lucky, lucky bastard, he thought while he was getting dressed, and caught himself whistling the “Marseillaise” as he walked up to Knightsbridge for a cup of coffee. The day was gray but dry, and he sat at one of the tables that had been placed on the pavement as part of London’s effort, at least for the summer, to imitate the cafés of Paris.