Monday, December 12, 2011
Entangled - by Barbara E. Brink
Description from Amazon.com
One lost summer is time best left forgotten... When Minneapolis divorce attorney, Billie Fredrickson, inherits her uncle's small California winery, she has no intention of actually moving to the west coast and starting a new life. Her only thought is to get it off her hands as quickly as possible. But her return to the winery after an absence of twenty years opens up more than the reading of her uncle's will. Childhood memories, long-buried, begin to surface, prompting more questions than anyone is able or willing to answer. A late night prowler, a break-in at the winery, and an unearthed box of shocking photographs is someone's way of pulling the Welcome mat out from under Billie's feet, but it only makes her dig her heels in deeper. More secrets lie buried beneath Fredrickson Winery's innocent facade and Billie intends to get to the root. But disturbing the past lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother's. Can she live with the consequences of full disclosure or will she run home where everyone is Minnesota Nice?
My rating - 4/5 Stars
Entangled was a very enjoyable read filled with suspense, very interesting relationships, and a great location. Brink painted the scenes at Fredrickson Winery with such clarity, I could feel the earth beneath my feet, inhale the heady scent of grapes, and almost taste the wine. The next time I am in California, I won’t be able to stop myself from searching for this small family winery.
As much as I loved the descriptions in Entangled, I loved the characters even more. Billie, the protagonist, was especially well developed. She was definitely flawed and more than a little rough around the edges. By the end of the story you learned exactly why she was flawed and the rough edges became much softer. Another one of my favorite characters in this book was Davy, the little boy. His character added much humor to the story. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.