Tour quotations: The Wharf of Chartrons

Wharf of Chartrons Banner

Author Jean-Paul Malaval

on Tour

August 12-21, 2014

with

Wharf of Chartrons cover

The Wharf of Chartrons

[historical fiction]

 Release date: August 12, 2014
at Open Road Integrated Media / Publishers Square

468 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4804-6119-2

***

SYNOPSIS

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]

***
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jean-Paul MalavalJean-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]

Follow Open Road Integrated Media on Facebook |   Twitter
Subscribe to Open Road’s Newsletter

 

WATCH THIS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO
where Jean-Paul Malaval speaks
about the art of writing

***

TOUR QUOTATIONS

 The Book Binder’s Daughter

The Wharf of Chartrons is an emotional read about two men trying to break free of their traditional families, to carve out their own success in a corrupt business world, and to find the loves of their lives.  If you appreciate fine wine and a French setting, then THE WHARFS OF CHARTRONS is the book for you

Jorie Loves A Story

The chapters in which he elicits a more direct connection to the timescape and the landscape were my absolute favourites by far.

The Avid Reader

The writing was well done I think.

Lisa’s Yarns

I love the fact that the author of this book actually lives in the region where the book was set as I feel that improves the authenticity of the book and impacts the author’s ability to vividly describe the region.
All in all it was an entertaining book and filled my France fix for the month.

Words And Peace

If you enjoy France and French wine, especially Bordeaux, get to meet David and Gaspard, in the fascinating period around WWI, rich with so many events, as they launch into wine-making, both following and distancing themselves from their ancestors.

 I Am, Indeed

In one of my favorite genres, the story in The Wharf of Chartrons manages to incorporate family drama, tradition, memories, wine and the various horrors brought on by war, Jean-Paul Malaval manages to take all the elements and present a lovely story.

Deal Sharing Aunt

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.

Chocolate & Croissants

The book also offered insight into France’s wine industry and how the war impacted wine growers…
Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely,  Author Jean-Paul Malaval wrote a book that will transpose you back to a different era.  The Wharf of Chartrons is a continuation of The Winegrowers of Chantegrele a book that I am going to seek out.

Book Nerd

I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a rewarding experience.  The author was able to combine the wine making experience with life changing experiences with finesse.  Great read!

*

 

Samantha Vérant on Tour: Seven Letters From Paris

Seven Letters From Paris banner

BOOKING NOW FOR…

Seven Letters From Paris

Author Samantha Vérant

will be on Tour

October 13-17, 2014

with

Seven Letters From Paris

[memoir]

Release date: October 7, 2014
at Sourcebooks

288 pages

ISBN: 978-1402297229

***

SYNOPSIS

Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime

At age 40, Samantha Vérant’s life is falling apart-she’s jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck… until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she’d met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn’t faded with time and distance.

Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it’s the kind of crazy she’s been waiting for her whole life. [provided by the publisher]

Attention reviewers: there are some sex scenes in the book
***
If you would LOVE to read
this memoir
and are able to post your review
on YOUR blog
on one of these days,
October 13-17, 2014
please fill in this quick form here below
***

WATCH THIS GREAT BOOK TRAILER

***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha VérantSamantha Vérant is a travel addict,
a self-professed oenophile,
and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef.
Over the years, she’s visited many different countries,
lived in many places, and worked many jobs
— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her.
Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for:
a passion for the written word and true love.
Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France,
where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989, but ignored for 20 years.

Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter , Pinterest

Buy the book:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Indiebound  | Book Depositery  |  Powells  |  BAM

 

***

Remember:

For each book you review
for France Book Tours,
you will be entered into a monthly giveaway
to win the featured book of the month
OR a $15 gift card of your choice!

Charles Gibson on Tour: Taking the Cross

Taking the Cross banner

BOOKING NOW FOR…

Taking the Cross cover

Author Charles Gibson

will be on Tour

October 13-22, 2014

with

Taking the Cross

[historical fiction]

Release date: October 1, 2014
at Köehler Books

269 pages

ISBN: 1940192277

***

SYNOPSIS

Taking the Cross is a historical novel by Charles Gibson about the little-known crusade launched by the Roman Catholic Church against fellow Christians in France, a time of great religious turmoil and conflict.

In the Middle Ages not all crusades were fought in the Holy Land. A two-pronged threat to the Catholic Church was growing within Christendom itself and Pope Innocent III called for the crusade against heresy to eliminate both the Albigenses and Valdenses, two movements that did not adhere to Church orthodoxy.

Andreas, a knight who longs to go on crusade to the Holy Land, finds himself fighting against one in his French homeland. While Andreas wages war for the lives and religious freedom of his people, a battle rages within his soul.

Eva, a young woman of a new religious order, the Beguines, discovers a secret message within a letter about the death of her father in the Holy Land. As she learns more of her father, she is forced to confront the profound and perilous spiritual inheritance he has bequeathed to her. A legacy for which she must fight.

Hearing of the feats of Andreas, Eva senses her inheritance may lead her to him.

Filled with battles of the flesh and the spirit, Taking the Cross reveals a passionate aspect of Medieval times where some fought ardently for the freedom of others. [provided by the author]

Attention reviewers: some medieval warfare violence
***
If you would LOVE to read
this historical novel
and are able to post your review
on YOUR blog
on one of these days,
October 13-22, 2014
please fill in this quick form here below
***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charles GibsonCharles Gibson first started reading about history and geography when he was seven.
He wrote his first short story at the age of nine.
He continues to read and write whenever he can.
Charles has spent many years researching the Middle Ages and the Crusades,
and has traveled to the Languedoc region in France.
He has combined the passions of history and geography and prose to finish his first novel, Taking the Cross.
It takes place during the summer of 1209 in France.
Charles Gibson has previously written for the inspirational book series God Allows U-Turns
as well as for a Minnesota newspaper.
He also works as a project manager for a medical device company.
He also loves travel writing,
and would like to start his own magazine some day about travel as a journey through life.
The dominant theme of his writing is freedom.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

He lives in Minnesota with his lovely wife and energetic sons.
He can be reached at cg [at] charlesgibson [dot] net

Visit his website. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter , Google +

Send him your questions and comments.

 

Buy this title now from these booksellers or a store near you:
amazon BN BAM

***

Remember:

For each book you review
for France Book Tours,
you will be entered into a monthly giveaway
to win the featured book of the month
OR a $15 gift card of your choice!

%d bloggers like this: