Books by Christa Polkinhorn

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Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had the desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. She traveled in Europe, China, Japan as well as South America. Now, she lives and works as writer and translator in southern California.

Her interest in foreign cultures informs her work and her novels take place in several countries. She published a volume of poetry (The Path of Fire). Now, she writes and publishes contemporary fiction with a focus on family drama/love stories (The Family Portrait trilogy). Her latest work includes an element of romantic suspense.

Aside from writing and traveling, she is an avid reader and a lover of the arts, dark chocolate, and red wine.

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Fire in the Vineyard (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 3)
by Christa Polkinhorn
Stolen wine and a body creates havoc in the Segantino wineryWhen bottles of wine disappear from the Segantino Winery in Paso Robles, California, and an arson fire kills his close friend, the owner of the estate, Robert Segantino, is faced with the toughest ordeal of his career as winemaker: someone intends to destroy what he has built...
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Path of Fire
by Christa Polkinhorn
A volume of poems which one reader called "clear-eyed and elegiac, with a cosmopolitan flavor. Path of Fire is full of unsentimental but emotionally charged poems about loneliness and family and searching the earth for a home."
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Finding Angelo (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 2)
by Christa Polkinhorn
A hidden diary and a crumpled envelope, postmarked in Italy, are the only clues Martin Segantino has to what happened to his younger brother Angelo, the black sheep of the family, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances twenty years ago. When the police find the skeleton of Angelo’s close friend buried in one of the fields on...
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Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait Book 2)
by Christa Polkinhorn
A painter and a stonemason struggle with their turbulent pastThe young painter, Karla Bocelli, is all too familiar with loss. At age five, she lost her mother in a car crash in the south of Switzerland. Her Peruvian father lives at the other end of the world, and a year ago, her aunt and guardian passed away. Now, at age twenty-four, the...
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FAMILY PORTRAIT (Boxed Set)
by Christa Polkinhorn
The FAMILY PORTRAIT trilogy follows the lives of two artists—Karla, a painter, and Andreas, a sculptor/stonemason—and their families as they try to keep the flame of love and creativity alive through turbulent times. The story takes place in Switzerland, Italy, the United States, and Peru with a short excursion to France.AN UNCOMMON...
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The Italian Sister (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 1)
by Christa Polkinhorn
Inheriting a vineyard and a sister in Tuscany turns out to be a dangerous adventure for a young woman from California Standing at her father's grave in California, Sofia Laverne mourns his untimely death. Henry had not only been a loving parent but Sofia's best friend and mentor. Imagine her shock and grief when she finds out her father...
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An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait Book 1)
by Christa Polkinhorn
The power of love and friendship in turbulent timesThree people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her former husband's deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. While caring for little Karla, Anna and Jonas fall in love but sinister events in their...
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Emilia (Family Portrait Book 3)
by Christa Polkinhorn
Turmoil threatens the peace of the O'Reilly familyThe O'Reilly household is in trouble. With her two older children, Laura and Tonio, grown and getting ready to fly the coop, Karla finds out she is pregnant again. Instead of furthering her painting career, she has to raise another child. Andreas looks forward to being a father once more...
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