The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery - A Book Review

Happy Publication Day to The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery!  Susan Mallery has become one of my favourite authors. Her books explore some of life’s most important events and she does so with care and compassion. I also enjoy wine and live in an area of Canada with beautiful vineyards and amazing wines which I enjoy visiting. It was therefore an easy decision to choose to read this book which is set in a wine area of Washington State.

Plot Summary

Mackenzie Dienes is a woman in her late thirties who has become a prestigious winemaker at her husband’s family run winery. She loves her career, her life on the estate, and her husband’s family. Her mother-in-law Barbara is the matriarch of the family and has high standards for both the winery and her children. She also has a reputation of being verbally abusive to her children. Mackenzie’s marriage has become more of a friendship over time, with each spouse having slept in separate bedrooms for the past five years. After an attempt a bringing some intimacy back to the relationship, it becomes apparent to the couple that their marriage is over.

Mackenzie’s whole life for the past twenty years has been with this family and she has some difficult decisions to make. She could stay working at the winery as if nothing had happened. Alternatively, she could take this opportunity to set out and create her own winery - an adventure she has given some thought to in the past. This is time of great change for Mackenzie in more ways than one. Will she have the courage to take a chance and find a life that she truly desires?

Book Review

I really enjoyed this book. I love a book that speaks of life-altering events such as the end of a marriage with the empathy and sensitivity that this author employs. Her characters are well-developed and relatable. I learned about the life of a winemaker while reading the book and could feel the passion that Mackenzie had for her chosen career. I admired this character for her strength and tenacity and sheer drive to succeed. I thought the way that Barbara’s character evolved throughout the book to be realistic and somewhat expected given her inability to process change. The author nailed the dichotomy of these two women’s personalities and resilience. 

What I Liked About The Vineyard at Painted Moon
  • Strong Female Characters
  • The empathy and sensitivity that the author employs
  • The wine country setting
What I Would Have Liked to be Different

  • Somewhat predictable storyline 

I Recommend The Vineyard at Painted Moon To

 I recommend this book to those that enjoy General Fiction or Women’s Fiction with strong female characters. 


Thanks to Edelweiss and Harlequin Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My Rating: 🍷 🍷 🍷 🍷/5.

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  1. Nice to find a book with some strong female characters - and who could say no to one set in a winery! :)

  2. I don't mind a bit of predictability every now and then, especially if there are other aspects that are great, like the characters. Lovely review!

    Anika |

  3. Thanks for sharing a great review! Sounds like a good read! It's good to find a book with a strong female lead - I'll have to check this out!

  4. Nice summary. Sounds a bit stressful, but she needs to do what is best. Love the winery setting too

    1. i’d love to see more books set in wineries! Thanks for your comment.

  5. A great review for what seems like a really engaging story. I love the fact that Mackenzie seems like such a powerful lead. Will definitely give this a go. Thank you

  6. Great review. This sounds exactly like my type of book. I definitely need to add this to my TBR list.

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comment Kelly ~ Diane.

  7. I've added this to my Audible wishlist! I love how you recommend WHO should read the books you review as well as giving the review. It's really helpful!

  8. I love Susan Mallery's books the setting is always beautiful, the female characters resilient and strong, and the story/plot is heartwarming.
    Thank you for sharing this book, I'll have to check it out!

    Loren |

  9. Always good finding a book that has strong female characters. I really like the sound of this one - great review, as usual!