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Beneath the cover of France's most exquisite vineyards, a city of women defy an army during World War I, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence....
Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lies below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest and most defiant women venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars...
In present day, Rosalyn Acosta travels to Champagne to select vintages for her Napa-based employer. Rosalyn doesn't much care for champagne--or France, for that matter. Since the untimely death of her young husband, Rosalyn finds it a challenge to enjoy anything at all. But as she reads through a precious cache of WWI letters and retraces the lives lived in the limestone tunnels, Rosalyn will unravel a mystery hidden for decades...and find a way to savor her own life again.
Blackwell (Letters from Paris) moves effortlessly between present-day France and the battlefields of WWI in this rich novel. In present-day Napa, Calif., Rosalyn Acosta is working for Small Fortune Wines and is dispatched to the Champagne region of France to represent the vineyard at a festival. Still suffering following the loss of her husband over two years before, Rosalyn is hesitant to travel but reluctantly agrees. On the flight, she meets Emma Kinsley, a wealthy Australian woman who has invested in some vineyards near Emma's destination. During the flight, Rosalyn helps Emma organize letters that were written by WWI soldier Emile Legrand to Emma's great-aunt Doris. Emma hopes to find the letters her aunt wrote to Emile in Reims, as his letters mentioned that he stored Doris's letters there. Emile's letters reveal the destruction of WWI and how the civilians retreated to live in the caves where the champagne was stored. As Rosalyn seeks to make connections with local vineyard owners and helps Emma search for the missing letters, she begins to heal from the loss of her husband. Blackwell balances the two story lines well, and makes both Rosalyn and Emma memorable. The allure of the decades-old mystery of missing letters juxtaposed against the history of the caves of Champagne makes for a satisfying page-turner.)\n