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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Decanted by Linda Sheehan is a novel in the women’s fiction, slice of life, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is intended for the adult reading audience owing to sexual references and occasional explicit language. Spanning two different generations of women seeking life, love, and liberation, this utterly charming novel sees protagonist Samantha follow in the footsteps of her great-aunt, Vivian, who escaped the drudgery of life’s expectations for greener pastures in France. As Samantha works through the grape harvest, she learns a great deal about the pleasures of life, and a link from Vivian’s past leads her to even more shocking revelations that will truly help her reinvent herself for the future.
It's clear from the offset that author Linda Sheehan has a passion for wine and the beautiful process of its creation, and this rich backdrop sets the scene and the mood perfectly for a gorgeously lush tale of self-expression, freedom, and what it means to be a forward-thinking woman. I adored Samantha as a central protagonist for her combination of spirit and naivety and her capacity to grow and learn when faced with different challenges. The plot moves at a fast pace throughout the novel and twists in just the right places to keep readers on their toes so that it’s never predictable. I would certainly recommend Decanted for women’s fiction enthusiasts everywhere, and Sheehan as an author to watch for her wit, craftsmanship, and emotional resonance on each page.