Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick

Once Upon a Wine
by Beth Kendrick

Publisher: NAL
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Cammie Breyer needs a big glass of cabernet—her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left for a hotter kitchen. Just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, her Aunt Ginger calls with a surprise. She’s bought a vineyard—in Delaware. At Ginger’s command, Cammie returns to Black Dog Bay, the seaside town where she spent her childhood summers with her aunt and her cousin, Kat.
The three women reunite, determined to succeed. There’s only one little problem: None of them knows the first thing about wine making. And it turns out, owning a vineyard isn’t all wine and roses. It’s dirt, sweat, and desperation. Every day brings financial pitfalls, unruly tourists, romantic dilemmas, and second thoughts.  But even as they struggle, they cultivate hidden talents and new passions. While the grapes ripen under the summer sun, Cammie discovers that love, like wine, is layered, complex, delicious, and worth waiting for…

Kritters Thoughts:  The fourth in a great series that all take place in this small town in Delaware, known to be a perfect break up town.  Cammie has been to this small town in her childhood to spend time with her cousin and her aunt.  She is returning now because her aunt on a whim buys a vineyard and she wants to help her make it profitable.  Of course she will encounter a former fling who could become a current fling!

Each installment of this series is self contained, but I would definitely suggest starting at the beginning to get the groundwork of the businesses and people of this town.  I especially liked this one because of the whole vineyard aspect.  I loved reading about the ups and downs of growing grapes and being dependent on weather and crops for a profit.  

Of course there is romance in this story and like a typical romance story the reader knows who will end up with whom, but as I have said before the journey is worth knowing the ending.  I appreciated that these characters knew each other in the past so the quick relationship or insta love as it could be called seemed a little more believable as they have some history.

I am hoping for more in this series.  I definitely love reading books set in this small Delaware town.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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