"During WWII, Avelino Carrillo spent four harrowing years in the South Pacific with one thought driving his survival: to return to his beloved home in Napa Valley.
The Carrillos have a history in the valley that stretches deep, like grapevine roots in the soil. For a century, they worked the vineyard at their family home, la Casa de los Sueños, until they lost the property to a wealthy land baron. Now, Avelino is determined to reclaim the land and home he loves so much. When he meets Amelia, a young woman who lives at the vineyard with her grandfather, he finds that regaining his birthright isn’t his only struggle—he battles the longing of his heart as well.
Can Avelino overcome the local bigotry and personal demons that face him to create the life he desires?"
Title: Deepest Roots of the Heart Author: Chautona Havig Publisher: Waterfall Press
Series: Legacy of the Vines #1 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5
"Deepest Roots of the Heart" by Chautona Havig
What I liked about this novel....
This story was one absolutely wonderful well written historical fiction that will keep your attention all the way till the end. The hero Avelino Carrillo was a very interesting character being a WW II veteran returning home from the Philippines injured and wanting to save his family's vineyards. Only when Avelino arrived home finding there was another family occupying his family home. I loved how this author was able to deliver to the reader such a tale about the Carrillo's ancestors as the story is being told by Avelino's POV. The story will be presented quite interesting where we find Avelino is trying to pay off a debt in order to regain the ownership of his family vineyards that had been taken away due to his brother bad judgement. However, as the story goes on Avelino is able to make a deal of a lifetime and that was he would work the vineyards receiving no salary for a total of seven years. Upon arriving on the property he finds a grandfather Joe and his granddaughter Amelia. With Avelino being a great storyteller he begins to share with this family about the Carillos family. Wow, what a story that was of the first Avelino who had fought in the Mexican American war and made his way from Texas to this California area. Listening to these stories really becomes a obsession for Amelia as she seems like she couldn't get enough of Avelino's stories and then what do you think will happen between these them? At this point I will stop and say you will have to pick up this good read to see for yourself how well this author presents a well told story to her readers. Be ready for a exciting read where a little bit of it all seems to come into play...love, hate, prejudice, religious problems and in the end one fascinating told story. It is like you are getting a story told in a story. Anyway, you will have to pick this novel up. In the end I am not sure I liked the ending not knowing how she ...well again, you will have to read this one for yourself. I can only say that in the end I found "Deepest Roots of the Heart" a very good read that I would definitely recommend to you.