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rank 5928
word count 19838
date submitted 25.10.2008
date updated 10.02.2009
genres: Literary Fiction, Romance
classification: moderate

The Battle for Bourgneuf

Ronald Bloomfield

A love story set among the vineyards of the Languedoc between the son of a Californian wine mogul and the daughter of his main opponent.


Richard Moore comes to Bourgneuf, a wine village in the south of France to buy 100 hectares of virgin forest to lay out a vineyard. The local mayor, Jules Sanchez, insists that the deal is done in secret. Eventually news of the deal is leaked to the local paper and the residents of the village are furious. Sanchez was trying to push the deal through before mayoral elections in a month's time. Now he has to wait. The election campaign is fast and furious and in the end Sanchez wins against a communist candidate, Robert Jasmin. The locals band together and organise sit ins on the site to prevent trees being felled and the battle soon becomes a cause celebre on French television. At the same time Richard is falling in love with Aurelie Pingaud, daughter of his main opponent. It is a sort of vinous Romeo and Juliet during which Richard learns a lot about himself and the nature of love.

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kathryn brookes wrote 1197 days ago

Are you going to up load any more of this delightful story? I wqould really like to know what happens. All the best for 2011. Kathryn brookes the Whispering Wind

kathryn brookes wrote 1221 days ago

I read your four chapters of this book and loved it. So french. I love the characters and can't wait for you to put up the rest of this fun story. It is on my bookshelf with the hope that others will enjoy it. Season's greetings
and if you have a moment a harsh verdict on mine would be much appreciated. Kathryn The Whispering Wind

kathryn brookes wrote 1232 days ago

I have put your book on my watch list and hope to read it over the Christmas period. If you don't hear from me I will be back. Seasons greetings Kathryn Brookes The Whispering Wind

Phyllis Burton wrote 1654 days ago

Hello Ronald,

I like your story, it has a really good style and I like your first line relating to the time. It is a hook, but a little one but it made me wonder why? It is well written with dialogue which moves the story on - a prerequisite of any good novel. The reader is immediately transported to one of the most famour wine-making areas of France with your wonderfully evocative descriptions of the tow.n
I am intrigued and will read more asap, but in the meantime, I am SHELVING IT. Well done.

Phyllis Burton
A Passing Storm (Would you like to read mine, - A Passing Storm - it would be much appreciated.

Evan Palmer wrote 1767 days ago

Richard, a delightful story that immerses the reader in small town France and its wine culture. There is a magical air to the place and its inhabitants, it's erotically charged, and there's a feeling that anything can happen. The reader is impelled along to discover more about this place and these people. I read all 4 chapters and would easily and unreservedly read more. Good luck. This story deserves to be published..... evan

Guy R wrote 1996 days ago

Hi Richard, I was reading this and it seemed strangely familiar…. Then when we got upstairs in the Mairie, I remembered: you were on the Spread The Word course with Matt Thorne - and we read some of this! I totally believe in the place and the wine business (as I think I said at the time). I It’s good to see how it continues. Does the fact at all these locals are so attractive (‘pretty women and hunky blokes’) have a plot element, or is it just stage-setting?

MrDee wrote 2003 days ago

Hey Ronald you need some books on your Bookshelf. Take a look at mine. Meanwhile you're in my reading queue

Ali Cooper wrote 2005 days ago

I'm watchlisting this for later. in the meantime, are you by any chance related to Ian Bloomfield of Bradninch, Devon, or George Bloomfield of Burton Joyce, Nottingham? Ali.

Elijah Enyereibe Iwuji wrote 2006 days ago

First look was very quick, and second very fantastic. Will take a look at it again very soon as it appeared a good stuff for me. Will also watchlist it for more read. Good luck.

paul house wrote 2006 days ago

This looks interesting. I shall put it on my watchlist so I can come back and read more over the week-end. I do think you perhaps over explain at times - like his delicate nose and the smoking (unless this fact is important for later wine tasting purposes, it seems unnecessary to me) and the reminiscing of French classes. But these are minor points and more a matter of personal taste than anything else. (As you are new to the site, let me invite you to look at my books, Common Places and Harbour. You will shortly be fed up by this kind of blatant plugging and will ignore it).