Friday, July 8, 2016

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."


  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!

  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! :)

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

  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.

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

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

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

  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.


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