I’m thrilled that my new novel, The Lost Vintage, will be published this summer! It’s a story about wine, World War II, and family secrets that have been buried for generations.
The book will be in stores on June 19, 2018, and I’m honored that it’s already received some lovely advance praise:
“Mah’s detailed descriptions of life on a family vineyard, how wine is produced, and how subtle differences in taste are discerned are so robust that a novice wine drinker may progress to aficionado status by the end. Engaging… will delight Francophiles and readers who enjoy historical fiction with a twist by such authors as Lauren Willig or Christina Baker Kline.”
–Library Journal (starred)
“Poised to become this season’s essential female-centered adventure.”
–The Hollywood Reporter
“A charismatic blend of mystery, romance, and post-WWII-French history… resonates on many levels. [Mah’s] engaging story will appeal to readers who enjoy the family sagas of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah.”
“The world needs novels like The Lost Vintage: page-turning tales that remind us both of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. The Lost Vintage moves seamlessly between the indignities and horrors of occupied France in the Second World War and the pride and passion of serious winemakers in the present. It’s a remarkable novel.”
–Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Flight Attendant and The Sandcastle Girls
“In elegant prose, Ann Mah spreads before her readers a sumptuous feast—a gripping mystery, a heartfelt love story, and a fascinating historical account. Awash in beautifully rendered detail, The Lost Vintage effortlessly glides between the vineyards of modern day Burgundy and the terrors of Nazi-occupied France. Graceful and compelling.”
–Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls
“Ann Mah’s The Lost Vintage is as rich and complex as a fine French Burgundy — the perfect read for mystery lovers, history buffs, wine drinkers, Francophiles, and anyone interested in visiting the French wine country from a comfortable chair at home. Charmant!”
–Meg Waite Clayton, bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters and The Race for Paris
“Ann Mah’s The Lost Vintage is as layered, rich, and full of mystery as the best French wine. With admirable agility, Mah alternates between a modern day vineyard in Burgundy and the terrifying days of the Nazi occupation with such precision and sensory detail that you will find yourself utterly immersed in both worlds. If you do manage to put this book down mid-read, you’ll find yourself half living inside of it until you can open it again and get lost.”
–Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling of Love Walked In and I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
“If you enjoyed my Sarah’s Key and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, then this wonderful book by Ann Mah is for you. I read it in one greedy gobble, couldn’t put it down, and can’t recommend it enough.”
–Tatiana de Rosnay, bestselling author of Sarah’s Key
“Suspenseful, rich in detail about French food, culture, history and of course wine, the real power of The Lost Vintage lies in its thoughtful and humane rendering of difficult but important truths.”
–Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
“What is it that can give home such power over us, even after we leave? Is it our memories, the people we leave behind, or the history that preceded us? Ann Mah explores these questions with great insight and an intriguing story of one woman and her connection to the the wine-growing region of Burgundy, France. Settle down with a glass of your favorite wine and allow yourself to be swept away in this beautiful tale of love, loss, courage and self-discovery.”
–Shilpi Somaya Gowda, bestselling author of The Golden Son
“A gorgeous novel of French food, wine, and a mystery from the past rapidly unravelling. I couldn’t stop reading and wanted to savor every word.”
–Allie Larkin, bestselling author of Stay
“Weaving together past and present and all the complex history of France’s relationship with the German occupation of the Second World War and the secrets that are still kept, Ann Mah’s The Lost Vintage is a delightful novel – part love story, part mystery – that unfolds layer after layer of nuance and depth until its symphonic finish and reads like nothing so much as one of the vintage Burgundy wines that are so much part of the story.”
–Tilar J. Mazzeo, bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Hotel on Place Vendôme
“Ann Mah’s The Lost Vintage is everything one could hope for in a novel: A sensual and heartbreaking story of family secrets, lost love, and retribution that unfolds in the magical vineyards of Burgundy. The Lost Vintage evokes all the pleasures of French food and wine, even as it leaves you hungry for answers. Utterly gripping. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Danielle Trussoni, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Angelology
“Mah, a food and travel writer, brings her love of food and knowledge of wine-making to bear in her second novel, a charismatic blend of mystery, romance, and post-WWII French history… Mah’s story resonates on many levels, and her engaging story will appeal to readers who enjoy the family sagas of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah.”
The book is currently available for pre-order, but if you can’t wait until June, you can read the first chapter (for free!) along with excerpts from 39 other fabulous 2018 books via Publishers Lunch Buzz Books.
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As always, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your continued support.