By Peter Mayle
From Peter Mayle, a superb new novel steeped in wine—and the company of wine—and set in, bien sûr, Provence.
Max Skinner isn't really precisely surroundings the London monetary international on fire?and whilst his manager steals his largest buyer, it’s certainly time to examine the winery in Provence that his lately departed uncle left him. Heartily and fortunately distracted upon his arrival by means of the panorama, the elements, and the food?not to say the beautiful notaire handling the property and the lovely 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 apprehensive to obtain the land? while a gorgeous younger girl from California arrives with what could be a sound declare at the property, and data of vineyards that some distance outstrips Max’s personal, the plot starts off its twists and becomes and out of actually incredible 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's Peter Mayle’s so much gratifying, such a lot delectable novel but.
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Good, good,” said Charlie. ” “. . a row of attics that ran the length of the third floor of the house . ” “Not attics, Max. Staff accommodation,” murmured Charlie. “Excellent. ” “. . I think there were half a dozen bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Oh, and a grass tennis court and outbuildings, barns and things like that. ” “I can see it now. Sounds to me like a stately home. General state of repair and decoration? ” Max shook his head. “No? Well, they’ve probably been keeping him busy in the Cotswolds.
He scribbled out a check, tore it from the book, and passed it across to Max. “There. ” Max looked down at Charlie’s scrawl and blinked. “Charlie, I can’t possibly . ” “Don’t be bloody stupid. If you sell the house, you can pay me back. And if you keep the house, we can turn it into some kind of mortgage. You can’t afford not to give it a go. This is the chance of a lifetime, old son. ” Max continued to protest and Charlie continued to insist as one Calvados led to another. Unnoticed by them as they talked, the restaurant had become empty and quiet.
Amis felt a glow of satisfaction as Max pushed back his chair. Lunch had gone according to plan; in fact, it couldn’t have gone better. He’d received a detailed, up-to-date brief on the deal, and, since Max had resigned, there wouldn’t be any severance to pay. Perfect. “Suit yourself,” he said. “Your decision. ” Max stood up, but Amis hadn’t finished with him. “Aren’t you forgetting something, my friend? ” He held out his hand. ” Max took the keys from his pocket and hesitated for a moment before dropping them carefully into Amis’s half-eaten crème brûlée.
A Good Year by Peter Mayle