To Taste The Wine Author:Fern Michaels To escape a life of poverty in her uncle's acting troupe, beautiful Chelsea Myles assumes a false identity to gain her passage to Australia. She plans to marry the wealthy, much older vintner, Harlow Kane, when she arrives so she can lead the life of luxury she so desperately covets. But she had not planned on falling in love during the long sea... more » voyage - especially not with a poor farmer named Quaid Tanner. Actually, Quaid owns the vineyard that borders Harlow Kane's ... but a secret from his troubled past keeps him from claiming Chelsea as his own.
So it is that Chelsea weds cruel, petty, obsessively jealous Harlow Kane ... and continues her rapturous affair with his hated neighbor and competitor. She bears Quaid's child, a daughter named Gabrielle. But when Harlow discovers that Quaid is the father, his rage knows no bounds. Chelsea spirits her child to safety, then flees with Quaid into the mountains. But Harlow, filled with blood lust, tracks them down. He finds the lovers trapped in a ravine - and sets fire to the paper-dry brush ...« less
I really liked this book. Fern Michaels writes a most riveting, powerful drama of a daring Englishwoman whose lust for life and love propels her toward unforgettable adventure and romance in 19th century Australia.