The Wine Merchant - Greta's Inheritance

Historical Novels, Women's Fiction, Fiction

From half-orphan to successful vintner

Greta is the foster child of the vineyard owning Hellert family. Her mother died during childbirth; her father’s identity is unknown. Greta, a petite girl of sixteen, rarely minds that she is never really regarded as part of the family. However, despite Greta’s outstanding grades, she is taken out of normal school and sent to a more vocational one, one where she can learn about winegrowing. Greta is of course angry and hurt at first – that is, until she realises that she really loves it there, and that working on the vineyard is her passion. 

Four years go by and, one day, the Hellerts’ neighbours, the Freundbergs, are suddenly killed in a car crash. The Freundbergs are the richest vintners in the area and longstanding enemies of the Hellerts. And, in an earth-shattering turn of events, Greta is sent an invitation to the reading of their will where she learns that, as the illegitimate daughter of Fritz Freundberg, she is the sole heir to their estate. But the two conditions for this inheritance will be a shock to them all…

  • The first novel in a trilogy that contains powerful descriptions of nature and fabulous insights into a vintner's life
Nora Engel

Nora Engel is a pseudonym – this novel was actually written by two authors.
Danela Pietrek studied French, theatre studies, and comparative literature, among other things, in Munich. During her studies she discovered her love of film. After long stays in California and Spain, she worked as a producer on various TV projects. She writes screenplays and has published three novels and a memoir. Today, Pietrek lives with her two daughters in Hamburg.
Tania Krätschmar is a native Berliner and a trained bookseller. She studied German in the USA and worked as a literary scout in Manhattan. Since 2009 she has made a name for herself as an author of a number of successful novels. She also works as a copywriter, translator, and reviewer. Krätschmar now lives with her son in Berlin.

The Wine Merchant - Greta's Inheritance

From half-orphan to successful vintner

Greta is the foster child of the vineyard owning Hellert family. Her mother died during childbirth; her father’s identity is unknown. Greta, a petite girl of sixteen, rarely minds that she is never really regarded as part of the family. However, despite Greta’s outstanding grades, she is taken out of normal school and sent to a more vocational one, one where she can learn about winegrowing. Greta is of course angry and hurt at first – that is, until she realises that she really loves it there, and that working on the vineyard is her passion. 

Four years go by and, one day, the Hellerts’ neighbours, the Freundbergs, are suddenly killed in a car crash. The Freundbergs are the richest vintners in the area and longstanding enemies of the Hellerts. And, in an earth-shattering turn of events, Greta is sent an invitation to the reading of their will where she learns that, as the illegitimate daughter of Fritz Freundberg, she is the sole heir to their estate. But the two conditions for this inheritance will be a shock to them all…

  • The first novel in a trilogy that contains powerful descriptions of nature and fabulous insights into a vintner's life
Bibliographic Data
416 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-22006-4
First published 2022