Skip to main content

Review: Once Upon a Wine by Beth Kendrick



Blurb from 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…
My Review:
 
This was pretty cute -- definitely a fun and fast read that would be perfect for the beach!  I didn't love Cammie -- something about her hesitancy and voice threw me off a bit but I wholeheartedly fell for her old love Ian.  Not only is he a farmer but he goes out of his way to help Cammie and there were so much swoon!  A fun second chance romance but I think a lot of the scenes that were supposed to be funny just weren't.  And my favorite character in the entire book was probably Kat even though she frustrated me to no end but I just loved the idea of her being a retired professional skateboarder since I used to skateboard in high school and it is so rare to find books or any media with female skateboarders!  This wasn't my favorite but I've seen other rave reviews so you may love it!

Once Upon a Wine came out yesterday on July 5, 2016, and you can purchase HERE.
"This is like the start of a romantic comedy! Hot local farmer, cute city girl who's inherited a vineyard.  Opposites attract.  Lots of touching and glancing in the grapevines."   
"I didn't inherit anything." Cammie rolled her eyes.  "I'm just here because you told me to come." 
"At the end, they whip up some fancy wine that's so good, everyone in Napa cries with shame." 
"Despite the fact that cute city girl has no clue about how to grow harvest or make wine?" 
"Yes. It's a miracle.  They make tons of money, move to France and live happily ever after." Kat snapped her fingers. "We'll call it Once Upon a Wine."

Comments

  1. I won't like I really want to read this because of the title and cover. So shallow I know. It sounds cute but that's really it. Sorry you didn't enjoy it more!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You know how I felt about this one. I didn't feel any character depth so I couldn't make myself care about the story. Wonderful review, Eva! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Aww this looks like it should have been so much fun, too bad. On to another, better, read.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I agree with everything you said. I wasn't a fan of Cammie, either, but loved Kat. I was frustrated with her more than Cammie, though. This wasn't as funny as I thought it would be, but it's timing for me was perfect. It offset a lot of heavy.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sorry you didn't like this one better. It does sound cute, but maybe not for me. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sorry you didn't enjoy this one more. It sounds like a really cute story so I'm hoping to enjoy it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. oh I just love the perfect beach type read. And yay for a female skateboarder, you see that so rarely in books.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Well, the female skateboarder is a pretty cool addition - thanks something I never see. But otherwise the whole thing looks too cutesy for me - the punny title (I loathe titles with puns, such a pet peeve), the cutesy cover - just not my thing. It's hard when you have issues with the main character... makes it so tough to really get invested.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

What to Read if You Love The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This & That – 2 Books with Strong Friendships, a Quest, and SHIPs!This and That” is a feature created by Megan @ Reading Books Likes a Bossand borrowed here with permission. Megan created this feature and I owe this post to her brilliance.  Not only should you check out her blog, generally, but her This & That recommendations are utterly perfect! Megan created this feature to showcase books that either sound similar or have similar themes, and thus I am recommending that you read the "that book" because you are a a fan of the “this book.” 
About the Books: THE RAVEN BOYS (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

I saw Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog do this and it looked fun!  This tag was created by CC's books!
 Stand Alone Book You Love Dystopian Book You Love A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About Favorite Book Couple Olivia and Caleb from The Opportunist Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Gotten Around to Read  A Book With Red On The Cover
A Book With Pink On The Cover
You were given a box of chocolate. What fictional boyfriend would have given them to you?

I love this trope, sub-genre, setting: My Best Friend's Brother/My Brother's Best Friend

I Love This Trope, Sub-Genre, Setting is a new feature on my blog in which I discuss a trope, sub-genre or setting that I love and tell you about books that are shining examples of said trope, sub-genre or setting.  Feel free to play along and please let me know about your favorite books in this realm and whether you like this trope, sub-genre and/or setting as much as I do! Today I am spotlighting the trope of: My Best Friend's Brother/My Brother's Best Friend, which I would define as any book where the heroine either has a crush on or falls for her brother's best friend or her best friend's brother.

I have to confess that I love this trope in nearly all of its iterations!  I have a younger brother so I never got to crush on any of his friends but it's fun reading about that and it's equally as fun as reading about falling for your best friend's brother -- instant sisters!  I know there are a ton of books that I'm missing/haven't read so please let m…