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.
Bubby: Sissy and I are familiar with the Napa Valley area having grown up in California. It’s such a beautiful place. I can imagine that if we had a family vineyard in Napa that we’d do anything and everything we could, just like Avelino, to keep it. But we don’t. Oh well.
Sissy: A family winery could have been good or bad–what with your addictive personality and all. I wonder how long after the time setting of Deepest Roots of the Heart the Napa Valley became famous for wine making and became a vacation destination, complete with hot air balloon rides. This was a very sweet story and I was particularly fond of how Avelino’s dream was to find a girl who had red hair, or in Spanish, “pelo como rosas”, which means hair like roses.
Bubby: My addictive personality? I must assume that you are referring to how people are quickly addicted to my personality and being around my generally fabulous self? My favorite part of Deepest Roots of the Heart was the stories that Avelino tells about his ancestors and how they came to own the land at Casa de los Suenos, and how those stories help Amelia fall in love with Avelino.
Sissy: All in all, a lovely tale.
Bubby: I agree. It took me straight to the Napa Valley and back to a simpler time.
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