The Vineyard of Desire and Discontent

Reinventing Your Life In One Bold Move

THE VINEYARD OF DESIRE AND DISCONTENT is a story about wine, wife swapping, and one woman's journey to change her life--and the village she now calls home.

On the verge of turning 40, American entrepreneur Pat Brookes buys a vineyard in South Africa, hell-bent on winning the New World Wine award, infiltrating the US market, and recalibrating her relationship with her Scottish husband MAC, and their 4 1/2-year-old daughter MADDY. A rebuke from her father fuels Pat’s ambitions.

JACQUES, the leader of the local wine-making establishment, ratchets up the tension by welcoming Pat to the “wife swapping capital of South Africa” soon after announcing his intention to beat her for the world’s top bubbly prize. 

Pat recruits AYANDA, South Africa’s first black female winemaker. Together, the two outsiders combat the aftermath of floods, rot, racism, and Fetal Alcohol System. The women embrace the power of education to accelerate change on their historic wine estate.   

Mac’s decision to “stay at home” with Maddy after a successful career combatting white collar crime upsets the balance of power in their marriage.  It also makes him vulnerable to the locals’ wife-swapping obsession.  The dynamics of sexual attraction and a workaholic’s attempts to reform her ways drive the story. Pat’s family and colleagues force her to put her values under the microscope to learn how to redefine success.





 Warning: this novel may cause you to pursue the fantasy that keeps you awake at night.