Wine, Love, and Friendship: Book 2

Barefoot in the Dirt

Left behind after a misunderstanding. Can she brave the unknown and reunite with the man who holds her heart?

Left behind after a misunderstanding. Can she brave the unknown and reunite with the man who holds her heart?

Portugal. Maya Wells was on the verge of a happy ending. But when her soulmate leaves without a word and her cherished vineyard gets swept up in a hostile takeover attempt, she rallies with friends to save the winery. Realizing her bond with the handsome flight attendant is worth fighting for, she sets off across the world to find him.

Embarking on an adventure spanning Lisbon, Paris, and Cairo, Maya taps her inner warrior. And as her search for truth and healing puts her in the line of danger, she’s determined to bring her beloved back home to where they both belong.

Can Maya grow her hard-won strength into her own happily ever after?

Barefoot in the Dirt is the evocative second book in the Wine, Love and Friendship contemporary women’s fiction series. If you like heroines who come into their own, globetrotting searches for fulfillment, and the powerful call of romance, then you’ll adore Michelle Oucharek-Deo’s breath of fresh air.

Buy Barefoot in the Dirt to grasp life with both hands today!



After a stellar debut novel the author doesn’t disappoint with the sequel. The Girl in the Peach Tree was a rousing roller coaster ride of emotion and adventure, the continuation of Maya Wells story is nothing short of wonderful. A romantic adventure that grabs hold of your imagination and leads you eagerly across half the world on a journey of discovery.
~ S. Murphy

What a joy catching up with Maya and following her on her adventures. All the twists and turns and surprises made it hard to put the book down!
~Dianne Q., Retired Administrator

I was eager to read Barefoot in the Dirt after finishing the first novel in The Vinho Verde series, The Girl in the Peach Tree. I wanted to know what would happen next with the main characters. The second novel moves at a fast pace. I found myself caring not just for Maya and Cristiano, but also for the other characters as their stories progressed. This author creates a mood with the setting, writes in a manner that I could feel and taste what was happening, and offers plot twists that got my heart pumping. I can’t wait for the final book in the series.
~ Stephen, University Professor

Michelle Oucharek-Deo

Michelle Oucharek-Deo was born in British Columbia, Canada and continues to reside in BC with her family. In addition to being an author Michelle is a Registered Art Therapist and has been practising in the field of counselling for over two decades. She is a dedicated gardener and is always looking for ways to add a little color into her life and her writing.