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From acclaimed author Jamie Brenner comes a stunning new novel about three generations of women who discover that the trashy novels of a bygone era just might hold the key to saving their family's coastal winery--and to finding the love that's eluded them. For decades, the lush vineyards and majestic manor house of the Hollander Estates winery made it the North Fork of Long From acclaimed author Jamie Brenner comes a stunning new novel about three generations of women who discover that the trashy novels of a bygone era just might hold the key to saving their family's coastal winery--and to finding the love that's eluded them. For decades, the lush vineyards and majestic manor house of the Hollander Estates winery made it the North Fork of Long Island's premier destination for lavish parties and romantic day trips. Now the Hollander family fortunes have suffered, and as matriarch Vivian Hollander prepares for the arrival of her daughter and granddaughter for their annual summer reunion, she fears it might be their last. Worse, selling the family legacy to strangers might expose the dark secret she's harbored for thirty-five years.... Visits to the winery have been bittersweet for Leah Hollander Bailey ever since her father refused to let her take her place in the family business. Now a successful Manhattan shop owner, Leah loves the life she's built with her husband and daughter--but with her store, and her marriage, at a crossroads, she can't help but view this year's pilgrimage home as a sorely needed escape. College senior Sadie Bailey has a thesis to write, and the towering shelves of the manor's library offer endless academic inspiration. But when Sadie discovers evidence that her proper Grandma Vivian once ran a book club dedicated to the scandalous women's novels of decades past, the shockingly outrageous tomes give her new insight into her family's glory days. Resurrecting the trashy book club begins as the distraction all three women need. But as they battle to save their birthright and heal old wounds, they just might find that the pages contain everything they need to know about how to fight for what they want--and for the life, and love, they deserve.


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From acclaimed author Jamie Brenner comes a stunning new novel about three generations of women who discover that the trashy novels of a bygone era just might hold the key to saving their family's coastal winery--and to finding the love that's eluded them. For decades, the lush vineyards and majestic manor house of the Hollander Estates winery made it the North Fork of Long From acclaimed author Jamie Brenner comes a stunning new novel about three generations of women who discover that the trashy novels of a bygone era just might hold the key to saving their family's coastal winery--and to finding the love that's eluded them. For decades, the lush vineyards and majestic manor house of the Hollander Estates winery made it the North Fork of Long Island's premier destination for lavish parties and romantic day trips. Now the Hollander family fortunes have suffered, and as matriarch Vivian Hollander prepares for the arrival of her daughter and granddaughter for their annual summer reunion, she fears it might be their last. Worse, selling the family legacy to strangers might expose the dark secret she's harbored for thirty-five years.... Visits to the winery have been bittersweet for Leah Hollander Bailey ever since her father refused to let her take her place in the family business. Now a successful Manhattan shop owner, Leah loves the life she's built with her husband and daughter--but with her store, and her marriage, at a crossroads, she can't help but view this year's pilgrimage home as a sorely needed escape. College senior Sadie Bailey has a thesis to write, and the towering shelves of the manor's library offer endless academic inspiration. But when Sadie discovers evidence that her proper Grandma Vivian once ran a book club dedicated to the scandalous women's novels of decades past, the shockingly outrageous tomes give her new insight into her family's glory days. Resurrecting the trashy book club begins as the distraction all three women need. But as they battle to save their birthright and heal old wounds, they just might find that the pages contain everything they need to know about how to fight for what they want--and for the life, and love, they deserve.

30 review for Blush

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    If you truly fancy tons of cheese and gallons of wines which could be the ideal choices to take them with you when you’re stranded in an secluded island, this book may be godsend for you ! This is also great tribute to women empowerment, showing how the things change in modern women’s lives in last 4 decades: how they learn to thrive, stand for themselves, fight against adversity! It’s a heartwarming approach throughout three women from different generations: their life perspectives, their expe If you truly fancy tons of cheese and gallons of wines which could be the ideal choices to take them with you when you’re stranded in an secluded island, this book may be godsend for you ! This is also great tribute to women empowerment, showing how the things change in modern women’s lives in last 4 decades: how they learn to thrive, stand for themselves, fight against adversity! It’s a heartwarming approach throughout three women from different generations: their life perspectives, their experiences, their motives, their expectations couldn’t be more different from each other and it was pleasure to read their stories and to be witnessed how their characters evolved. Grandmother a.k.a. matriarch Vivian chose to be stay at home ( which is understandable choice when she’s compared with the other women from her generation) for helping her husband chase his dream to start a winery at Long Island’s premiere destination : North Folk by using his knowledge he’d gotten from his family winery in California. Vivian didn’t want to be involved into business so it took too much time for her to find out how bad their financial status till her husband inform him they should immediately sell the estates to earn enough profit compensate their expanses through their old ages. On the other hand, their daughter Leah gets more frustrated to hear their selling decision. She’s already owns a popular cheese shop in Manhattan which is quite business success with her wise contributions. But she’d always dreamed of being inherited the winery and control the business but her father chose his son Asher who never has any intention to take over the business. Now Leah seizes this news as an opportunity to get away from her way too much friendly marriage which lost its passion at the bedroom and doing her best to save the winery with her marketing campaigns. Granddaughter Sadie, college senior, tries to finish her thesis, working hard to be inspired by manor library’s endless resources but she finds out her matriarch grandma had a secret book club at 80s and the books they’d read were truly different from the books written in 80s which include so many sexist messages. Her mother and grandma also join her to read those books to see how those books were bold enough to awaken the women empowerment at those days which inspired them. Overall: even though it is started a little slow burn, it was promising, strong family saga with inspirational feminism messages and unique emotional women bounding from different generations. It’s also about wine and cheese! Of course I couldn’t help myself enjoy it too much. Special thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN PUTNAM GROUP/ G. P. Putnam’s Sons for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Blush refers to both a kind of wine and what happens when we read “trashy” novels. Three generations of women in this book are tied together by a winery and by the less-than-scholarly books the granddaughter finds on her grandmother’s shelves. Matriarch Vivian largely accepted the more traditional role of stay-at-home mother when her husband started a winery in New York state, using what he learned at his family winery in California. Even though Vivian had shed her upper-crust HAPPY RELEASE DAY! Blush refers to both a kind of wine and what happens when we read “trashy” novels. Three generations of women in this book are tied together by a winery and by the less-than-scholarly books the granddaughter finds on her grandmother’s shelves. Matriarch Vivian largely accepted the more traditional role of stay-at-home mother when her husband started a winery in New York state, using what he learned at his family winery in California. Even though Vivian had shed her upper-crust upbringing to work in the fields in the beginning, she was no longer taken much into account with the business once her labor wasn’t necessary. This is why she didn’t know how dire the finances had gotten until Leonard informs her they have to sell immediately and may not make enough profit to see them through old age. Daughter Leah had grown up thinking she’d take over the reins of the winery when she was an adult, but that spot was given to her brother Asher not because he wanted it or was interested in running operations, but because their old-fashioned father was taught that women should have nothing to do with this sort of business. Though Leah has a loving husband who supports her unequivocally and she has a successful cheese shop in New York City, she has always felt a loss for being forced out of the family business. When she hears that the company is being sold, her visit turns into a longer stay as she tries to use her marketing skills to save it. Also, she could use a break from her husband because even though she deeply loves him, they’ve become roommates more than lovers. Leah’s daughter Saddie had been a powerhouse student right up until the summer before her senior year when she couldn’t make progress on her honors thesis. When she loses her summer job because she kept missing deadlines, she also decides to spend the summer at the winery. The handsome young employee Mateo also draws her to the ancestral home. She discovers the novels her grandmother read years earlier as well as a journal Vivian kept in which she wrote about the book club she held. Even though Saddie is a feminist, she can see some things other than the sexism of the books written in the ‘80s (which reflected the times). Her mother and grandmother start reading the books as well, and they take the messages of strong women who don’t take crap from men to heart. I enjoyed this novel and learned some things about wine that I will undoubtedly promptly forget. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    “Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” - Andre Simon The Hollander Estates winery located on the North Fork of Long Island, has long been a premier destination for lavish parties and romantic day trips. Owned by the Hollander family, it is a place that Leah, her husband Steven and their daughter, Sadie come every summer to visit her family. It is always a bittersweet trip. Leah grew up hoping that she would have a place at her family's winer “Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” - Andre Simon The Hollander Estates winery located on the North Fork of Long Island, has long been a premier destination for lavish parties and romantic day trips. Owned by the Hollander family, it is a place that Leah, her husband Steven and their daughter, Sadie come every summer to visit her family. It is always a bittersweet trip. Leah grew up hoping that she would have a place at her family's winery. She has beautiful memories of growing up there - walking the vineyard with her father, eaves dropping on her mother's trashy book club (only to read her mother's books in secret) But her father, Leonard, so set in his ways and beliefs, shut her out, instead having her brother Asher take a place of management at the winery. Leah, now a successful cheese shop owner is shocked when she hears that the winery is in trouble and the only solution is to sell it. Her mother, Vivian is reeling, she cannot believe things have gotten so bad, what is worse, her husband has informed others of this weeks ago but not here. This is Vivian’s home, where she raised her children, where she worked. The winery was the legacy they wanted to leave their family. She is heartbroken. This was an enjoyable yet frustrating book. I cheered for the women who bonded together, fought for the winery while examining their own lives. Leonard was the frustrating part. He annoyed me the entire book. So stubborn, so old fashioned, so set in his ways. UGH! Leah wants to save the winery, but her father believes there is no hope. She has always had ideas of how to improve the winery, the workers have had ideas of how to improve the winery over the years – but Leonard…. At its heart, this book is about family - about three generations of women. The female characters are the strength of this book. I also loved their discussions on the "trashy" novels they read. You will also be privy to the inner workings of the winery and may even learn a little about cheese as well. Charming and engaging, this is a perfect book for summer. Sit back, grab your favorite glass of wine, and enjoy! Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This book really got ahold of me. It frustrated and inspired and ached and soothed, and by the end of it, yes, I had ordered all of the books the characters read for their book club.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)

    Thank you Penguin for my review copy, all opinions are my own. . Jamie Brenner, where have you been all my life? Why have I not been reading you? You are a gem hiding out in the wide open space. Thank goodness I woke up and read one of your books. It won’t be the last for sure! . Let me tell you a story. Young Amy loved to read....much like she does now. She loved all the classics. Danielle Steele...Nora Roberts....Jackie Collins...you know the good ol days of shoulder pads and dripping wealth. Blus Thank you Penguin for my review copy, all opinions are my own. . Jamie Brenner, where have you been all my life? Why have I not been reading you? You are a gem hiding out in the wide open space. Thank goodness I woke up and read one of your books. It won’t be the last for sure! . Let me tell you a story. Young Amy loved to read....much like she does now. She loved all the classics. Danielle Steele...Nora Roberts....Jackie Collins...you know the good ol days of shoulder pads and dripping wealth. Blush, brought me back y’all. I could literally smell the White Diamonds (if you don’t get that perfume reference...we can’t be friends...I kid, kinda.). . This three generational story of a grandmother, mother and daughter brings to light family and feminism (as I knew it as a 45 year old 🙋🏻‍♀️). Sprinkling throughout rebuilding relationships , finding new love and what is really important. I was completely invested. . The vineyard as the setting is stunning. I want to live on a vineyard. Somebody make it happen please. I’ll have you over for bookclub while we drink Rosé. I’ll wait. . In all seriousness this book was lovely. It was a delightful trip back to sneaking books that were way too “racy” for me, with a fantastic story to immerse yourself in. . Enjoy it with a glass of wine...trust me ok?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Three generations of strong women, trashy books, and wine! Love multi generational stories about strong, smart, savvy women. In this story we have Vivian, Leah, and Sadie. Vivian has silently stood behind her husband as he’s ran the family Vineyard the past three decades. Leah left the family vineyard behind after realizing that her father intended to hand the Vineyard reins over to her brother rather than her. Sadie is a college senior still trying to figure things out. Grandmother, mother, and Three generations of strong women, trashy books, and wine! Love multi generational stories about strong, smart, savvy women. In this story we have Vivian, Leah, and Sadie. Vivian has silently stood behind her husband as he’s ran the family Vineyard the past three decades. Leah left the family vineyard behind after realizing that her father intended to hand the Vineyard reins over to her brother rather than her. Sadie is a college senior still trying to figure things out. Grandmother, mother, and daughter join forces to help save the family Vineyard, even though the men in the family have not appreciated any female contributions throughout the years. Loved all the women in the story and the overarching theme of girl power. Also even though I’m not a wine drinker I enjoyed learning more about the wine making process. And as a cheese connoisseur I loved learning more about cheese, this book made me want to bust out the charcuterie board. The book also references some trashy books that I loved in the 80s, Lucky Santangelo, anyone? The perfect book to throw in the beach bag, your carry-on, or just to enjoy at home on a lazy summer afternoon. This book in emojis: 🍷 🧀 🍇 📚 *** Big thank you to GP Putnam for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Interesting look at strong women between today and across the years in a family saga. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With all of the strides that women have made even in my own lifetime, it’s still interesting to read stories where females are shunned from family business. But this is also a story about strong women. It’s a story of a comparison from today to forty years ago. It’s a story about power and knowledge. It’s a story about being able to stand tall against adversity and buck the system. This is an i Interesting look at strong women between today and across the years in a family saga. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With all of the strides that women have made even in my own lifetime, it’s still interesting to read stories where females are shunned from family business. But this is also a story about strong women. It’s a story of a comparison from today to forty years ago. It’s a story about power and knowledge. It’s a story about being able to stand tall against adversity and buck the system. This is an interesting story in that multiple generations of women are brought together and choose to help during troubling times. And yet within that they start a book club, of sorts. Reading books about “feminist women“ from the 1980s. Interestingly enough, I’ve read all of the books that are mentioned in this story but I don’t think that this family has learned much in the last 40 years. Daddio is hard-core sexist and is very stubborn to a fault. Refusing help even if it means losing everything is not a good choice for him or the family. Stepping up and standing up may be the only way to help save the family business. Brenner tells a story with strong ties to the family home. It is about choices that can shape and affect the family. It is about not taking no for an answer and forcing to help regardless if it is determined to be needed or not. It is about strength and toughness. Blush is also about love. The love of family, business, personal needs, and recognizing what is best for you regardless of what others think. Blush is a fabulous family saga. It will cause emotional outbursts here and there… frustration, smiles, tenderness, sadness, and more. But it is a study in feminism in time and a hope for a way forward, finally. * copy received for review consideration * Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/blush-by-jam...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Poeppel

    Jamie Brenner has brought so many wonderful things together in her latest big-hearted novel - a spectacular summer setting, a well-set table to gather, plenty of wine, food, love, and big family secrets. Now add the sexy fiction of Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz, and you're in for a treat! I was rooting all the way through for the Hollander women as they fight to hang on to everything that matters most to them. Jamie Brenner has brought so many wonderful things together in her latest big-hearted novel - a spectacular summer setting, a well-set table to gather, plenty of wine, food, love, and big family secrets. Now add the sexy fiction of Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz, and you're in for a treat! I was rooting all the way through for the Hollander women as they fight to hang on to everything that matters most to them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Today is Pub Day for Blush! 🍷💕 Leonard was taught that only men made wine. He was taught this by his father and grandfather, and they, in turn, by their fathers and grandfathers. Vivian understood all this, even before she married Leonard and gave up her financial inheritance to do so. Her parents, wealthy ‘Manhattanites,’ did not approve of Leonard. But after working side by side with Leonard, planting every plant in the dusty, hot sun, she still felt some resentment that he never considered her Today is Pub Day for Blush! 🍷💕 Leonard was taught that only men made wine. He was taught this by his father and grandfather, and they, in turn, by their fathers and grandfathers. Vivian understood all this, even before she married Leonard and gave up her financial inheritance to do so. Her parents, wealthy ‘Manhattanites,’ did not approve of Leonard. But after working side by side with Leonard, planting every plant in the dusty, hot sun, she still felt some resentment that he never considered her his equal partner in the vineyard. Now, Vivian was furious, having just been told that they needed to sell the winery and their 18th century home because they no longer could afford to sustain it, or them. So much for the knowledge and experience of men, both her husband and his ancestors. Vivian, her daughter Leah, who owned and operated a successful cheese shop in Manhattan, and her daughter, Sadie, decided they would save Hollander Estates Winery. Back in the mid-1980’s, when Vivian was ostracized from the day-to-day operations of the vineyard, she took on running tours, hosting lavish parties, even conducting book clubs that were the envy of women from Manhattan to North Fork, always featuring the winery’s pale pink rose, ‘Blush.’ Leonard turned up his nose at this popular rose, calling it ‘swill’ preferring his traditional wines. But women knew wine was similar to fashion, there will always be classics but there is also room for trends. The trick is to know when trends will start, and when they start to fade, then it’s time to get out. Rose was having another popular resurgence, this time it was a dry rose versus the sweeter blend of the eighties. But Vivian, Leah and even Sadie knew what they could do to market a new “Blush” to save the winery. This is an adventure of three generations of intelligent women who finally get their turn in saving an old winery and turning it into a real family enterprise. Just a mention of Vivian’s book club during the 80’s, they read lovely, ‘trashy,’ novels by authors such as Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz, that the women begin to read again. Tons of fun, while learning a whole different way of being a strong woman. I totally recommend this fun and enlightening book, with a glass of your favorite wine, of course, Thank you Netgalley, Penguin Random House – Putnam, and Jamie Brenner

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shel

    Thank you to Netgalley @ Putnam for the ARC of this book in exchange for honest feedback. I was originally interested in “Blush” because 1. Wine is awesome and 2. I too love trashy romance novels so what’s not to love about putting both together. I will admit I was a little let down. The summary made me believe this would be more of a light read but it’s heavy on the family drama and. And while I did love the references to some of the best Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz novels there were times Thank you to Netgalley @ Putnam for the ARC of this book in exchange for honest feedback. I was originally interested in “Blush” because 1. Wine is awesome and 2. I too love trashy romance novels so what’s not to love about putting both together. I will admit I was a little let down. The summary made me believe this would be more of a light read but it’s heavy on the family drama and. And while I did love the references to some of the best Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz novels there were times where I felt the author was really trying to force the connection between the women in those books and the characters in this book. Also, there were times that the book just felt like it was dragging. The constant “back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth again” of the family dynamic grew a little bit weary towards the end and I kind of had to check out of the book for a couple days before I continued. Overall, the book is a solid 3 stars. It wasn’t my favorite by the author but it’s certainly not the worst book I’ve ever read. Had there been a little bit more editing to the book I think this could have easily been a 4 star book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    I really love the ways that author Jamie Brenner ties the work of the romance authors into more modern literature and seamlessly intertwines the lives of three generations of lovely women. Vivian is the graceful matriarch of the family, Leah is her daughter and Sadie is Leah's only child. We also meet Leah's brother and his new girlfriend, and a few other adorable characters like Vivian's husband and the employees at the winery. This book is the book that once read, stays with the reader for quit I really love the ways that author Jamie Brenner ties the work of the romance authors into more modern literature and seamlessly intertwines the lives of three generations of lovely women. Vivian is the graceful matriarch of the family, Leah is her daughter and Sadie is Leah's only child. We also meet Leah's brother and his new girlfriend, and a few other adorable characters like Vivian's husband and the employees at the winery. This book is the book that once read, stays with the reader for quite some time with all the book club conversations and the drama/struggles that each of the female members of the Hollander women. With time comes change and dealing with deep rooted drama seems to be happening with or without Vivian's permission. Love these women! Such good, solid women with issues and secrets!! Lurid novels serve as the backbone of this story about the women of Hollander Winery and the choices they make. Well done, Jamie Brenner! I must read more of your work!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I finished Blush last night and I'm not sure what to say about it. I love Jamie Brenner and have been a fan since book 1 but I feel her last 3 books haven't worked for me which crushes me and breaks my heart. What I did love about this book were the references to the older books by Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins. These were two authors I read as a teenager that I probably shouldn't have that I am now going to go back and read. Scruples was and is one of my favorite books and I hope this book ma I finished Blush last night and I'm not sure what to say about it. I love Jamie Brenner and have been a fan since book 1 but I feel her last 3 books haven't worked for me which crushes me and breaks my heart. What I did love about this book were the references to the older books by Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins. These were two authors I read as a teenager that I probably shouldn't have that I am now going to go back and read. Scruples was and is one of my favorite books and I hope this book makes it popular again. I enjoyed the characters and the setting of the book and the theme around the wine it was just a lot of wine references. This book comes out June 2021 and I'd definitely add it to your TBR. Thanks to the publisher Putnam and Edelweiss for my advanced ebook copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    TeriLyn

    **Blush generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** 3 "...the moment before everything changed." Stars This women's fiction story was compelling in the three different stories of women in the same family, across generations that it portrays. Centered around a family vineyard in New York, filled with strong women characters from book they are reading, these three women navigate what it looks like to not look back but forward. Forward to saving their family **Blush generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.** 3 "...the moment before everything changed." Stars This women's fiction story was compelling in the three different stories of women in the same family, across generations that it portrays. Centered around a family vineyard in New York, filled with strong women characters from book they are reading, these three women navigate what it looks like to not look back but forward. Forward to saving their family estate and winery and while growing into their best selves. It's part family saga, some romance thrown in, but most importantly the journey of the women themselves and how they come together. It was quite enjoyable and interesting. There were some parts where the story became dense with extra detail and was drawn out that made me lost slivers of interest but overall I think this was a good book with great female characters. The relationships between the women and then between them and their partners were the highlight. And with the plot set at the family vineyard the theme of constant, lasting change and everything grows from that change ran through the entire story. There are some great moments that left threads of importance and really big moments that showed courage and perseverance that were quite compelling as well. Blush is an enjoyable and interesting story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    "Blush" begins with a woman in her fifties who returns to her parents' winery for summer vacation. This year, she learns that her parents are in jeopardy of losing it. At the same time, her college-aged daughter comes out to meet them because she's dealing with writer's block for her thesis. She joins her mother and grandmother. While she's trying to write her paper in the library, she discovers evidence of her grandmother's old trashy-novel book club in which she and her friends were reading th "Blush" begins with a woman in her fifties who returns to her parents' winery for summer vacation. This year, she learns that her parents are in jeopardy of losing it. At the same time, her college-aged daughter comes out to meet them because she's dealing with writer's block for her thesis. She joins her mother and grandmother. While she's trying to write her paper in the library, she discovers evidence of her grandmother's old trashy-novel book club in which she and her friends were reading these blockbuster novels from the eighties. At first, Sadie, the granddaughter, has no interest in lowering herself to read such trash, but then she finds herself intrigued. Throughout the summer, these three women put the book club back together again, and what they get from these old novels gives them the wherewithal to fight for their family business. This was a great story, backed by excellent writing. The author develops characters with such a sense of immediacy and familiarity that you feel like you're watching a movie. I can see the glamorous grandmother with her beautiful dresses and a fancy nightgown. Every character had their own special things that made them interesting. The author included many amazing references for New Yorkers to show what the area was like and how it's changed over time. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/jam...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Jamie Brenner has, quite beautifully, crafted a complex domestic multi-generational family drama centered on a group of family winemakers and the mother, daughter, and grand-daughter. I loved her brilliant character development and how she told the story through the different age perspectives. The book, dedicated to Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz, is about these three women reading old trashy romance novels and bonding over them during there family debacles over the wine business, and while I Jamie Brenner has, quite beautifully, crafted a complex domestic multi-generational family drama centered on a group of family winemakers and the mother, daughter, and grand-daughter. I loved her brilliant character development and how she told the story through the different age perspectives. The book, dedicated to Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz, is about these three women reading old trashy romance novels and bonding over them during there family debacles over the wine business, and while I feel like she got a little buried in the weeds of the specifics of the two books the characters read, for me as someone that didn't read those books, I was a little bored, but overall, the writing itself is great and I loved the characters and the story's resolution. I'm rounding up to 5. 4.5 ⭐️

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susie Schnall

    One of my favorite authors -- Jamie Brenner has done it again. She has a way of engaging the reader in the stories of all of her characters, interweaving their individual plots to form a narrative that kept me turning the pages. I loved the setting -- I loved the challenges each character faced in her or her life. Perfect for book clubs, perfect for summer reading, perfect for just all-around reading. Loved it!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    4.5 This book was everything I’d hoped for and then some. I adored the Jackie Collins references in this family drama. I loved learning about wine and cheese. I loved the book club focus and I really loved all of these women. I can honestly say I will miss these characters. Brenner just writes such great women!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Loigman

    What a fantastic, layered, and stunning read! Jamie Brenner’s latest is a feast of a novel - full of gorgeous settings, complex characters, and a fascinating exploration of the wine industry. As three generations of women explore their romances, their careers, their choices, and their mistakes, they uncover hidden strengths they did not know they possessed. Jamie weaves in the lessons of the great 1980’s novels by Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz in a wholly unique and thoughtful way. This is a What a fantastic, layered, and stunning read! Jamie Brenner’s latest is a feast of a novel - full of gorgeous settings, complex characters, and a fascinating exploration of the wine industry. As three generations of women explore their romances, their careers, their choices, and their mistakes, they uncover hidden strengths they did not know they possessed. Jamie weaves in the lessons of the great 1980’s novels by Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz in a wholly unique and thoughtful way. This is a book you don’t want to miss!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jami Collier

    I was so excited to get an ARC of this book. I have read all of Jamie Brenner's previous books and have enjoyed them all. This book was no exception. It's a story of 3 generations of strong women try to save their family vineyard while also starting a bookclub featuring "trashy" novels of the 80s. It took me back to the day when I read all of the books mentioned in this story. Great summer read. I was so excited to get an ARC of this book. I have read all of Jamie Brenner's previous books and have enjoyed them all. This book was no exception. It's a story of 3 generations of strong women try to save their family vineyard while also starting a bookclub featuring "trashy" novels of the 80s. It took me back to the day when I read all of the books mentioned in this story. Great summer read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    The Hollander family owns a vineyard and winery on Long Island and for years it has been extremely successful. The matriarch of the family, Vivian, is the epitome of style and class and her husband, Leonard, is an incredible winemaker. As the years go by, they suffer financially though and refuse to change with the times. Their daughter, Leah, has always wanted her place in the family business, but thanks to her father, she was overlooked and the job was passed to her incapable brother. Devastat The Hollander family owns a vineyard and winery on Long Island and for years it has been extremely successful. The matriarch of the family, Vivian, is the epitome of style and class and her husband, Leonard, is an incredible winemaker. As the years go by, they suffer financially though and refuse to change with the times. Their daughter, Leah, has always wanted her place in the family business, but thanks to her father, she was overlooked and the job was passed to her incapable brother. Devastated Leah built her own business instead, and lives happily with her husband and daughter, Sadie. Sadie is a college senior and is putting off writing her thesis, much to her advisor's dismay. To top it off, she finds herself newly single. Thankfully, she is going with her parents to her grandparents' winery this summer and she is hoping this is the change of pace she needs. While there, her grandfather makes an important announcement that sends some of the women spiraling. Sadie has found solace in her grandparents' library and has come across some of the books that her grandmother read at her now defunct book club from the 80s. Cue Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz, and others along with the super fun and sexy plot lines. Sadie discovers the enjoyment in these "trashy" books and in turn, reconnects with her family members. All three women are changed this summer for the better in Jamie Brenner's Blush. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This novel centers around a North Fork LI winery and the women invested in its’ success. The Hollander winery is in deep financial trouble and the man who rules it with an iron hand is challenged by his wife, daughter and granddaughter to make changes that will allow them to stop the sale. There are several ongoing subplots. I usually love Brenner’s books, but I found this too crowded and too involved with the process of wine making. I found it dragged in some sections. I also found some of the This novel centers around a North Fork LI winery and the women invested in its’ success. The Hollander winery is in deep financial trouble and the man who rules it with an iron hand is challenged by his wife, daughter and granddaughter to make changes that will allow them to stop the sale. There are several ongoing subplots. I usually love Brenner’s books, but I found this too crowded and too involved with the process of wine making. I found it dragged in some sections. I also found some of the subplots hard to believe. The women became involved in a book club, reaching back to past best sellers to try to understand the power of women. Honestly, there was so much here that I thought Brenner would have been better served by severing these plots and creating 2 novels. Despite being disappointed, I can see where women readers can cull some of the feminist themes and have discussions, perhaps even reread the novels mentioned. Thank you Netgalley for this ARC.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (kmc_reads)

    4.5 stars rounded up- my fave of hers yet!

  23. 4 out of 5

    booksbikesbooze

    DNF @ 55% just bored...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    OMG! Vineyard, book club, family drama!! #girlsrule I’ll be recommending this book to everyone for the rest of the summer! And drinking rose obvi!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jayna

    A good read, but I found it repetitive at times (things were literally explained more than once and it was annoying) and frustrating (the misogyny!) This book definitely has me intrigued about trashy romances from the 80s. Expect to see a few pop up on my read list soon, lol.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Mussell

    What a refreshing read by Jamie Brenner. Creating new memories and bringing back the old. This will be the summer book of 2021

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    When the Hollander family gathers this summer at the family winery on the North Fork of Long Island, New York, they discover it could very likely be their last one due to financial difficulties. We learn how this news effects the women in the family. First, there is the matriarch, Vivian, who is disappointed she hasn’t had a bigger role in running the winery with her husband Leonard. And the sale of the winery may have her face some uncomfortable secrets from 35 years ago, that effected the sit When the Hollander family gathers this summer at the family winery on the North Fork of Long Island, New York, they discover it could very likely be their last one due to financial difficulties. We learn how this news effects the women in the family. First, there is the matriarch, Vivian, who is disappointed she hasn’t had a bigger role in running the winery with her husband Leonard. And the sale of the winery may have her face some uncomfortable secrets from 35 years ago, that effected the situation with the winery they are presently facing. There is Leah, the daughter, who runs a successful cheese business in Manhattan with her husband but never has gotten over her father passing her over to eventually running winery, in favor of her brother, who has no interest in the winery yet it’s Leah’s dream to do so. With the reality the winery may be no longer in the family, it brings that urgent desire for Leah to run the winery back to the surface. Finally, there is Sadie, the daughter of Leah and granddaughter, who is a brilliant young college student whose honors program status may be in jeopardy because she is stalling on her thesis. Initially rejecting the invitation to come to the winery, but with her situation changing with the loss of a research job and a relationship , she decides to regroup at the winery. Their stories all converge when Sadie and eventually Leah discover a secret trashy book club run by Vivian. Sadie is conflicted about being drawn to the books that were read in the book club and by feeling guilty they are not like her scholarly reads. A turn of events leads the secret book club to be revealed and Vivian eventually confessing why it stopped. This so called trashy book club brings the 3 women together and through the books face the issues in their lives and cause the others to learn more about each other. Some secrets are revealed, and some uncomfortable truths are faced and romantic relationships are explored, from new love, a stalling romantic relationship in their middle age and struggles with a couple that known each other for half their lives but don’t know as much about each other as they thought. I totally recommend this book. I enjoyed the connections between the books from the trashy book club and their lives and all the details about working at and running a winery.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary G.

    Hollander Estates winery is the premier winery of the North Fork of Long Island - but maybe not for long. As matriarch Vivian worries about the potential sale of the winery, her daughter Leah has her own business worries about her cheese shop. Granddaughter Sadie is feeling similarly adrift as she enters her last year of college. What's the best cure for the summer blues? A multigenerational book club of "trashy" novels- and developing a plan to save the winery! I love multigenerational family no Hollander Estates winery is the premier winery of the North Fork of Long Island - but maybe not for long. As matriarch Vivian worries about the potential sale of the winery, her daughter Leah has her own business worries about her cheese shop. Granddaughter Sadie is feeling similarly adrift as she enters her last year of college. What's the best cure for the summer blues? A multigenerational book club of "trashy" novels- and developing a plan to save the winery! I love multigenerational family novels so much, so I had to pick this one up! I enjoyed seeing how the three women of the family grew stronger and closer to each other over the course of the novel. Leah was probably my favorite - I loved her determination to save the winery and her dedication to her cheese shop (I wish I could go to the shop in real life!) The book club part of the story was so heartwarming. Although the books the women read might be seen as "trashy" by some, author Jamie Brenner makes the point that the protagonists of these books are strong women who go after what they want and aren't ashamed of their desires. Seeing those stories motivate the Hollander women was very powerful. Even Sadie's literature professor agrees that these books have value - there's a reason people still read them today! As I've seen said on bookstagram, there are no guilty pleasures - read what you love because you love it, no justification necessary. 4.5 stars Thank you to G.P. Putnam's Sons for my ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    ****Coming out June 22, 2021***** Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam and Netgalley, I was chosen as an early reviewer! The Hollander Estates winery located in upstate NY is owned by Vivian and Leonard Hollander. When their daughter, Leah, son, Asher, and their granddaughter,Sadie, return to the winery over the summer, they are faced with the dilemma of their parents/grandparents selling the family winery. All whom are at crossroads in their lives. Leah’s life long dream is to help run the winery, so ****Coming out June 22, 2021***** Thanks to PENGUIN GROUP Putnam and Netgalley, I was chosen as an early reviewer! The Hollander Estates winery located in upstate NY is owned by Vivian and Leonard Hollander. When their daughter, Leah, son, Asher, and their granddaughter,Sadie, return to the winery over the summer, they are faced with the dilemma of their parents/grandparents selling the family winery. All whom are at crossroads in their lives. Leah’s life long dream is to help run the winery, so she has a mission to try to save it. Leah feels her father hasn’t marketed the winery enough and hasn’t been open to selling a variety of wines. Can she figure out a way to save the winery? In the process of saving the winery, what secrets and drama will unfold? At the same time Sadie, is obsessed with reading and spends most of her time in the estate library where she discovers Vivian’s journal. In her journal, she finds out her grandmother used to lead a book club that read steamy romance novels that would make a person blush! When asking her mom, Leah and grandmother, Vivian about it, will it bring them closer together in a time of unraveling? Be sure to add this book to your summer reading list as it keeps you entertained from start to finish. A perfect book for your pool or beach bag! A great summer read to sit with a glass of wine and sip while reading! A great book club pick!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Leah Bailey is at a crossroads. She's been running a successful cheese shop in Manhattan for years, but when she loses her lease at the same time her husband takes early retirement to help in the shop and her daughter is away at college, she wonders if she really wants to find another location. Visiting her parents' vineyard, she learns the unimaginable--her father is selling the winery. The cheese shop was always second choice for her; her father chose her older brother, who had no interest in Leah Bailey is at a crossroads. She's been running a successful cheese shop in Manhattan for years, but when she loses her lease at the same time her husband takes early retirement to help in the shop and her daughter is away at college, she wonders if she really wants to find another location. Visiting her parents' vineyard, she learns the unimaginable--her father is selling the winery. The cheese shop was always second choice for her; her father chose her older brother, who had no interest in the business, instead of her. Knowing it's her last chance, she stays at the winery, challenging her father for the first time and threatening her fragile marriage. Her mother, Vivian, is simultaneously terrified and guilt-ridden over the possibility of selling the vineyard. And Leah's daughter, Sadie, is dealing with challenges of her own. With three generations of Hollander women, plus Leah's soon-to-be sister-in-law, at the estate for the summer, they discover a treasure trove of 1980s "trashy" novels, but discover the novels hold certain universal themes that are relevant to their lives now. This was such a fun book, and I loved how Jamie Brenner emphasized the good qualities of the novels featured. It was an unusual trope, but the setting, Vivian & her clothes, the would-be gold-digger who turns out to be anything but, all worked together for this perfect summer read. I do wish Leah hadn't been so insistent on making *only* rose, but I'm not the only one. #Blush #NetGalley

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