Wine, Love, and Friendship: Book 1

The Girl in the Peach Tree

A chance to start over. Setting out on a path of self-discovery, can a young woman find herself and a special someone along the way?

Maya Wells hungers for more. After a major panic attack hits her hours before her wedding, the bride-to-be drums up the nerve to call it off with a fiancé who leaves her wanting. So when she wins a month-long trip to Portugal, she cautiously packs her bags in the hope of finding adventure.

After a handsome flight attendant gently soothes an accidental hot-tea burn and returns her lost journal, she’s flattered and feels buried desires filling her heart. But as she heals and dares to explore passion with the charming Portuguese native, she stumbles across a secret that could turn her transformation into tragedy.

Will Maya’s quest for independence end with enlightenment or a crushed spirit?

The Girl in the Peach Tree is the emotional first book in the Wine, Love and Friendship contemporary women’s fiction series. If you like relatable heroines, personal growth, and slow-burn romance, then you’ll adore Michelle Oucharek-Deo’s sun-drenched tale.

Buy The Girl in the Peach Tree to take a transformational journey today!



An inner journey to outward destinations
A deceptively easy read, with layers of psychological material paying homage to grief, friendship, family roots, betrayal, and personal growth. There is something for everyone, from young adults to seniors, and half the fun is casting, in one’s mind’s eye, the movie franchise which would be based on this story and it’s inevitable sequels. Bite into this sweet fruit and taste the sun, food and life therein.
~ Amazon customer

This book reaffirmed the importance of taking risks, and embracing change in your life. The characters were warm and approachable. I finished the story with a smile on my face. I am waiting for her next book!
~ K. Baker

I absolutely love this book. Maya is so relatable, so quirky, so funny. She’s a good person who loves passionately, but knows that what is right for her, isn’t always right for everyone.
~ J. Hayes

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.