“I’m a proponent of sharing our truth. These womens’ stories are raw and real. They make me want to cry, or laugh, or call them up and say this sh** happened to me too! We’ve got this. These women really are the heroines of the pandemic: nurses, doctors, teachers, badass moms, women having a mental health crisis, healers, grandmas… I love this.”~ Jennifer Pastiloff, best-selling author of On Being Human.
“The homefront has always been inhabited by women, including anyone who identifies with and enters the space of “woman” – caretakers and home keepers and compassionate community builders. This collection reminds us how the heart warriors never give up or in, which is the only reason we have a chance. Where are the purple heart medals for these legions of women. Secular Blessings on every one of their stories, every single body.”~ Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Verge – Stories
“This is a remarkable, kaleidoscopic record of a catastrophe that simultaneously struck us all. While physically isolating, we need emotional closeness and these essays are consolation for any reader who ever wondered, I can’t be the only one feeling this, can I?“~ Leigh Stein, author of Self Care
“(Her)oics is just the antidote our world needs right now. Here are the accounts of women—brave, fierce, unflinching—meeting head on the unprecedented challenges we are currently facing. Just holding this anthology in my hands gave me a sense of overwhelming hope and courage. Upon opening it, I found a polyphony of voices, each distinct and resonant, working seamlessly together to lighten up these uncertain times.”~ Alex Espinoza
“I was blown away by Joanell Serra’s debut novel. The writing was beautiful and flowed so well from one narrative to the next. I found myself completely wrapped up in the lives of the families in this story.” —Running Out of Pages
“..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…” –Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite
“This has been the type of read where the characters linger long after the book has been put down for the evening. Where the next day at work I get to wondering about them and have to remind myself they are characters in a book, not people I actually know. I’ve especially enjoyed reading about a region of which I’m not too familiar and drama that surprises me. The author does a beautiful job bringing the location, characters, and their situations to life. Which, to me, are the makings of a great story.”
“Great Summer Read”
The Vines We Planted Audio-book is now available on Audible and Amazon The Vines We Planted – on Audible.
“I’m so glad I got the audio-book – I loved the narration!”
— Lucy R.
After reading Joanell Serra’s The Vines We Planted, I was not at all surprised to learn that she is a licensed therapist. Her characters were beautifully captured; with all of them, the readers are given an in-depth view into their complexities and emotional experiences. You can’t help but root from them as they face overwhelming challenges, from potential deportation to a failing marriage to secrets that threaten to upend their entire life views. The way Serra wove together multiple stories was gripping–this is the kind of book you can easily read in one or two sittings!
Catherine Brown – Writer and Writing Professional.
Here’s a little bit about the book:
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.
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