Blackberry Wine written by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat) deftly moves between the 1970s and late 1990s covering a young boy's childhood and his life as an author, eventually covering an impulse purchase of a chateau in France. Jay's life changes when he meets Joe who lives in a rundown house, and teaches Jay about wisdom and shares his knowledge of plants, charms, but Joe disappears and Jay tries to recapture the summers of his youth by buying a house in France. A place Joe had often talked about. There he finds Joe (who appears occasionally) and is also drawn in by his reclusive neighbor and her daughter.
There are plenty of mysteries to keep you engrossed in Blackberry Wine. Joanne Harris is a gifted writer who sets you in the Jay's world with descriptions and quirky characters, together with delicious smells of pungent wine and aromatic vegetation.