And Then There Was Her by Tagan Shephard is a romance novel mostly set at a winery in the mountains of Oregon. We see the story through the eyes of Madison Jones, a young artist who has moved to the winery with her girlfriend Kacey. Kacey has been hired as the head chef for a new restaurant at the winery. There we also meet CS, the aloof but intriguing owner of Minerva Hills Winery. These three are the main characters of the story.
While the tale revolves around these three, Madison is the main focus of the story, and we see most of the tale though her eyes. Not only is this a romance, but it is obviously a look at how Madison grows and matures through the story. There is quite a bit of angst in this book along with betrayal and love.
I enjoyed the setting of the novel. The author made me want to move to Oregon and live where this story takes place. The characters are also well-described. I thought it was ingenious how the author gave physical descriptions that hinted at the character’s role in the story.
This is an extremely slow-burn romance, and I must admit that at times the story lagged for me. I also didn’t really like how the book ended. I wanted to see a bit more into the future for these characters. I’m giving this novel a 3.5 star rating, but I’m moving it to a 4 star rating for the overall story and descriptions.
If you like a good, slow-burn romance with a fair bit of angst, you might like this novel.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.