ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Taste of Light by Giovanna Siniscalchi

Publication Date: December 9, 2022
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Romance

Publisher: self published
441 pages
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Portugal, 1872

An aristocrat haunted by his sins…

After losing his bride to a hated Englishman, Pedro Daun shuts himself in his winemaking property. Drowning in port, he hopes to find oblivion from his murky past in Mozambique.

A girl with dawn in her eyes…

Kind and whimsical, Anne Maxwell moves to the Douro to help her new sister-in-law. She dreams of finding the perfect suitor to give her the unconditional love she never had.

Shadows can taste light…

A twist of fate brings them together. Anne glimpses in Pedro's eyes a yearning for love that rivals her own, but the cynical Fidalgo isn't the perfect prince of her dreams. Pedro craves Anne's touch more than the air he breathes, but he is unwilling to soil his angel with the sins from his past. 

A conspiracy is revealed…

A false accusation turns them into fugitives. Running from a treacherous enemy, they plunge into an ocean of intrigue to prove Pedro's innocence. As their passion grows, Anne discovers that love isn't the perfect matter of fairy tales. But can Pedro forgive himself for his past and allow Anne into his heart?


I received a free copy of this book through BookSirens for Katie & Brey PA.  I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

This is the second book in the Winemakers series. It can be read as a stand-a-lone. While there are parts of the book that allude to what happened previously it is described in many different places so you don't feel lost.   

Great exploration of fathers, sons and expectations. Also a lot of how the past can continue to affect your future if you don't make peace with it. Great action and Pedro is sort of an anti-hero. 

Set in Portugal which is a nice change for a romance, this book delved into slavery practices and the attempt to stop the stealing of Africans from their homes. 

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