Review of “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra

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I was excited to have an opportunity to read and review “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra, as as part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour.

(I received an advance copy to read and review.)


My Review:

Joanell Serra has crafted a poignant novel that reveals an extended family’s complicated lives. She expertly weaves together several story lines, from Amanda and Uriel to Elena and Jim to Gloria and Lourdes, with other interesting characters intersecting with them as well.

It was a fascinating read – from the lovely setting of wine country in Sonoma, to the tangled webs of lies that affects everyone in different ways.

It is like a puzzle, at times, that we piece together, story by story, until all the lies are exposed and the truths are revealed, even though these truths are so painful.

I would highly recommend this book – once started it was hard to put down. I wanted to know how each of the characters, especially the women, would react to the unmasking of the lies.


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Publication Information:

In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon’s family have tended for generations.

Uriel, the winery’s young widower, steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery.

When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind. In addition, she seeks the truth about her parents’ complicated history and her own parentage.

But Amanda’s unveiling of the past has devastating consequences. In the midst of California’s beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Scanlon family struggles to overcome harsh realities with dignity and grace.

Both Amanda and Uriel stretch to take care of their families, which are facing immigration issues, marital crises, and loss. While navigating these challenges, the couple must decide if they trust themselves to love again, or to finally let each other go.

A Sonoma local, author Joanell Serra’s debut novel is captivating, poignant, and uplifting, demonstrating how seeds planted long ago continue to grow. Sometimes into a strangling weed, sometimes offering a bountiful harvest.

” …the story of a family facing struggles…delicately and expertly woven together in a saga set in California around Uriel’s family vineyards, where each relationship appears to have a bearing on others… the plot is credible and surprising at the same time, and yet it all blends together well and combines to make an exciting and believable novel. The characters are so good that they could easily continue in a sequel.  ” –Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite


About the Author

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Joanell Serra, MFT lives with her growing children, husband and dogs in the lovely Sonoma Valley. After years of publishing short stories, essays and plays, The Vines We Planted is her debut novel.  She can be found polishing her second novel at a coffee shop, sipping a perfect Cabernet in a Sonoma winery or at her website:

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———-Blog Tour Dates


Monday, April 30th @ The Muffin

Author Interview & Giveaway


Tuesday, May 1st @ Word Nerd

Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra and interviews this popular author about her latest work!


Wednesday, May 2nd @ World of My Imagination

Nicole reviews Joanell Serra’s “The Vines We Planted” for readers at World of My Imagination. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out more about this fast paced novel!


Thursday, May 3rd @ Phytallic

Don’t miss today’s review of “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra. Readers at Phytallic will be delighted and intrigued!


Friday, May 4th @ Write Happy

Catherine Brown shares her review of “The Vines We Planted” with readers at Write Happy. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about author Joanell Serra and her latest work!


Saturday, May 5th @ The Muffin

Crystal Otto reviews “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra.


Monday, May 7th @ Beverley Baird

Beverley Baird reviews Joanell Serra’s latest work “The Vines We Planted” and shares her thoughts with readers at Beverley A Baird.


Tuesday, May 8th @ Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton interviews Joanell Serra about her writing and her latest novel “The Vines We Planted”. Don’t miss today’s informative and encouraging author interview!


Wednesday, May 9th @ The Constant Story

Fellow author David Berner reviews “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra. Readers at The Constant Story will delight in learning about this beautifully written novel published by Wido Publishing.


 Thursday, May 10th @ Coffee with Lacey

Readers at Coffee With Lacey learn more about the beautiful “The Vines We Planted” as Lacey reviews Joanell Serra’s latest novel.


Monday, May 14th @ Choices

Joanell Serra is today’s guest blogger at Choices. Her article about Mental health is one you won’t want to miss. Learn about this and find out about Serra’s novel “The Vines We Planted”.


Thursday, May 24th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Joanell Serra pens today’s guest post with Kathleen Pooler – don’t miss Serra’s insight about mother/daughter relationships and find out more about her new book “The Vines We Planted”.


Friday, May 25th @ BookWorm

Anjanette Potter reviews Joanell Serra’s “The Vines We Planted” and shares her thoughts with readers at BookWorm!


2 thoughts on “Review of “The Vines We Planted” by Joanell Serra

  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review. I love this: from the lovely setting of wine country in Sonoma, to the tangled webs of lies that affects everyone in different ways. Appreciate that you read, reviewed and shared!

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