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Thursday, May 10, 2018

WOW! Blog Tour - Book Review of "The Vines We Planted"

Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for including us as a blog stop on the book blog tour of Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted- it truly is a pleasure!

Today's reviewer is Tara Forst and here's a little bit about Tara:

Tara Forst lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their young son. Tara owns her own business: Worn Forever - dedicated to helping mamas with babywearing and attachment parenting.

5 Star Review:

I really enjoyed The Vines We Planted. The author did a great job keeping me interested. I loved the setting as much as the characters and plot!

Joanell Serra covered so many themes in this book (adoption, love, marriage, and more). There’s something in here for every reader at any walk of life. The writing was never boring and it was a book I think most people will devour in a day or two. Even as a busy mom, I devoured this book and would recommend to others.

About the Book:  
In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon’s family have tended for generations.

Uriel, the winery’s young widower, steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery.

When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind. In addition, she seeks the truth about her parents’ complicated history and her own parentage.

But Amanda’s unveiling of the past has devastating consequences. In the midst of California’s beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Scanlon family struggles to overcome harsh realities with dignity and grace.

Both Amanda and Uriel stretch to take care of their families, which are facing immigration issues, marital crises, and loss. While navigating these challenges, the couple must decide if they trust themselves to love again, or to finally let each other go.

A Sonoma local, author Joanell Serra’s debut novel is captivating, poignant, and uplifting, demonstrating how seeds planted long ago continue to grow. Sometimes into a strangling weed, sometimes offering a bountiful harvest.

Paperback: 288 pages
Genre: Fiction/Literature
Publisher: WiDO (May 8th 2018)
ISBN-10: 1947966022
ISBN-13: 978-1947966024

The Vines We Planted is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author:

Joanell Serra, MFT lives with her growing children, husband and dogs in the lovely Sonoma Valley.

After years of publishing short stories, essays and plays, The Vines We Planted is her debut novel. She can be found polishing her second novel at a coffee shop, sipping a perfect Cabernet in a Sonoma winery or at her website:

Find Joanell Online:

---------- Upcoming Blog Tour Dates

Monday, April 30th @ The Muffin
Author Interview & Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 1st @ Word Nerd
Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra and interviews this popular author about her latest work!

Wednesday, May 2nd @ World of My Imagination
Nicole reviews Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted for readers at World of My Imagination. Don't miss the opportunity to find out more about this fast paced novel!

Thursday, May 3rd @ Phytallic
Don't miss today's review of The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra. Readers at Phytallic will be delighted and intrigued!

Friday, May 4th @ Write Happy
Catherine Brown shares her review of The Vines We Planted with readers at Write Happy. You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about author Joanell Serra and her latest work!

Saturday, May 5th @ The Muffin
Crystal Otto reviews The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra.

Monday, May 7th @ Beverley Baird
Beverley Baird reviews Joanell Serra's latest work The Vines We Planted and shares her thoughts with readers at Beverley A Baird.

Tuesday, May 8th @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews Joanell Serra about her writing and her latest novel The Vines We Planted. Don't miss today's informative and encouraging author interview!

Wednesday, May 9th @ The Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reviews The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra. Readers at The Constant Story will delight in learning about this beautifully written novel published by Wido Publishing.

Thursday, May 10th @ Coffee with Lacey
Readers at Coffee With Lacey learn more about the beautiful The Vines We Planted as Lacey reviews Joanell Serra's latest novel.

Monday, May 14th @ Choices
Joanell Serra is today's guest blogger at Choices. Her article about Mental health is one you won't want to miss. Learn about this and find out about Serra's novel The Vines We Planted.

Tuesday, May 15th @ Ellen Valladares
Fellow author Ellen Valladares shares her thoughts after reading Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted.

Thursday, May 24th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey
Joanell Serra pens today's guest post with Kathleen Pooler - don't miss Serra's insight about mother/daughter relationships and find out more about her new book The Vines We Planted.

Friday, May 25th @ BookWorm
Anjanette Potter reviews Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted and shares her thoughts with readers at BookWorm!

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