Marina Adair’s Summer in Napa (340 pages, $12.95, Montlake Romance) follows her Kissing under the Mistletoe with her story about the Napa Valley and the DeLuca family.
This time, a younger member of the family, Marco, takes an interest in Alexis Moreau, who has come limping home to Napa after a breakup with her husband and co-restaurant owner in New York. She has taken a room over her grandmother’s bakery, and while there seems quite willing to help with the baking.
Meanwhile, her romance gets off to a rocky start. Marco likes her, but they had a history dating from their high school days, and this does nothing but make Lexi nervous.
Just when it seems that she and Marco might be on solid ground, and as she tries to open her own restaurant in Napa, the rug is pulled out from under her, when her ex sues her for all her recipes and even those of her grandmother’s bakery. It is complicated how and why this happens, but it does, and it creates a crisis for Lexi. Not only does she feel unable to compete or make it in any way on her own, but also she wonders whether Marco can have time for a loser like her.
Needless to say, they work things out. And as they do, Adair extends her range of likable eccentrics who populate her version of the Napa Valley. This novel is a quick read, and a fun read, and with Adair’s other novels about the Napa Valley promises to hold its own among the work of other romance writers.