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Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick

Going to dive right into this one so I won’t forget to try and get my hand on a bottle of strawberry wine. Yummo!

I received an early copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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The story is set in Delaware in a tiny town near the beach, called Black Dog Bay, where a woman buys a run down vineyard and enlists her daughter and niece to help her run it.The three women are each eccentric in her own way. Ginger has survived a cancer scare, Cammie is back from California after her own restaurant failed miserably and Kat is recovering from a back injury and running away from her failing marriage. They also have this cute retired Frenchie named Jacques. Heck, I think the Frenchie is the key to everything in the story.

Each of the women is faced with challenges, both professional and personal. Each of the women is trying to make her life’s dream come true. And each of them is making it work in a very unique way.

On the one hand I liked the way their stories intermingle and they each support the other in their own way. But on the other hand I feel like each one could and should have their own story. I can imagine a trilogy where all three books are following the same timeline, but with each woman’s story we get glimpses to the other two’s.

Regardless, the story is sweet, heartwarming and optimistic. Kendrick has a way of writing scenery that made me feel like I was right there in Black Dog Bay, a spectator into their lives.

3 stars

~Eleanor

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27209421From the “sharp, sassy, [and] surprisingly emotional”* author of Put a Ring on It, New Uses for Old Boyfriends, and The Week Before the Wedding, a new novel set in the charming seaside town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware…
 
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…

 

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