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Corked ~ a Father, a Daughter, and a Give-Away


This is touted as the wine trip to end all wine trips.

Hopefully not for the author and her father, Kathryn Borel and Phillipe Borel, I must add, because I believe they deserve one more go around with less baggage.

From her first words to her last, I couldn’t put the book down.

Kathryn Borel is an important new author, who’s recounted a part of her life in Corked, that’s filled with love, pain, and emotional growth through pushing the envelope.

Her style of writing is very easy, raw, and revealing as she and her father Phillipe Borel ~ a retired hotelier and former chef ~ drive themselves through Alsace, Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone, and the Languedoc.

This is a book based around a passion for wine (her father’s), Kathryn’s destiny of sharing this passion with her father, and a road trip though the more rustic parts of France. What follows is the reader becoming part of her “Aha” moments, her coming to Jesus with her father for the past they’ve shared when he hasn’t acknowledged her feelings and fears, and a glimpse into their future. I have to believe that it will now evolve into a better relationship for both of them, based on their “getting it all out there…” and we’re all invited.

Kathryn’s writing style had many moments for me that created wonderful imagery… For instance, I picked up a new way of considering wine. I currently simplistically think about “weekday” and “weekend” wines. Kathryn and Phillipe have expanded that through this concept of “wines of meditation and wines that require no real investment or concentration.” Same thing, more refined and enriched concepts…

The book is filled with little revelations, and we’re all included in their journey, from solving all of the things that can, and sometimes do, go wrong between a daughter and a father.

It’s fortunate for them that they had this time together to work out all of the wrinkles along the way; some of which has emanated from Kathryn’s life altering experience. It’s very apparent that this experience will stay with her for the rest of her life deep within her soul, and has altered her personality and perceptions of life forever more. You must read the book to learn more… It’s worth the read.

It’s fortunate for us that we were taken along their journey, because Kathryn writes wonderfully. Also, as women, many of us can relate to the exact point when we, too, had our own defining moment with our fathers… establishing our independence and individualism within the father-daughter relationship. We can relate, as I did. You guys also have gone through something similar with your dads, or perhaps your mothers.

If you love to laugh and cry, you’ll loved Corked. [$23.99]


If you’d like a copy of this book, I was given one for a lucky reader.

EDIT: I was given one in the mail, which I’m willing to mail internationally. Kathryn’s publisher has also give me another five copies to give away… So, odds just increased by A LOT.

It’s simple: just respond in my comments section that you’d like to be considered.

Since I have so many copies, I’ll run this contest for the week, and announce the winners on Saturday.  The books will be mailed to you by Hatchet Book Group, so you can all get reading!

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14 Responses to “Corked ~ a Father, a Daughter, and a Give-Away”

  1. Fabius says:

    Hi Jo,
    Sounds like a good read – put my name in your hat, pls 🙂

  2. Jo says:

    Fabius, so noted… Off to Spain it will go, if your name pops up.

  3. Claire says:

    Sounds like a good book for our bookclub. We have 6 members.

  4. Peggy says:

    wow, I was going to check and see if I could get it on Itunes.

  5. Monte says:

    There have been a number of books recently that have been about wine but are just as much about telling a personal story. This one really looks good. I’m in the hat for it.

  6. Jo says:

    Good job, everyone! Keep them coming!

  7. Lena says:

    Oh, that’s a fantastic giveaway. I’d love a copy of the book. Good luck, everyone.


  8. Monique Garfinkel says:

    Hi Jo:

    You made me want to read the book. Don’t think of my dad and wine in the same sentence. Very curious,



  9. Jo says:

    Hi, Monique,

    I wouldn’t have put the two together, either. We both have Kathryn to thank for that one.

    Good luck with the drawing. We’ll all know by Saturday morning, about 9:00 a.m.

    Good luck!

  10. If this is still open, I would like to be part of the draw. Thank you. Cheers!

  11. Jo says:

    Veronique, You’re ion. Thanks. I added you to my blog role, because I noticed on yours you’ve got my blog, too. Thanks a bunch!

  12. This looks like the kind of book I’d enjoy reading–thanks for the review and bringing it to our attention! And thanks to the book folks too for letting you give so many away!

  13. Suzanne Paquette says:

    I have just returned from Australia where I was given a whirwind tour of wineries in the Hunter Valley. I knew nothing about wine except what I liked. This trip made me appreciate the finer points of wine and will continue my search by starting with Ontario wine. This book sounds like it might fit in with my new interest and add laughter to my day.

    I heard about Kathryn Borel on Fresh Air a few moments ago.

  14. Jo says:


    It will add laughter, but she’ll also make you sad along the way (for her own lessons in life), and she’s got great little wine lessons that will enrich your wine experiences in the future.

    How lucky for you to have visited Hunter Valley… There’s nothing like getting into wine country – in any region – and learning firsthand from those producing wine. It’s different on all parts of the globe, I learned, when I left my own region (Northern CA), to go to Portugal last fall. For you, visiting the Ontario wine country will continue to broaden your knowledge and appreciation of wine, while you’ll reflect on how different that wine discovery is, too.

    Have a great time. Thanks for commenting.

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