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Barbara Ellen Brink is a multi-published author, supported financially by a loving husband who just happens to have a better paying job. She is the author of the Fredrickson Winery mysteries, Entangled, Crushed, and Savor. She is also the author of an award winning thriller, Split Sense; inspirational suspense novels; and a young adult series, The Amish Bloodsuckers.
She grew up on a small farm in Washington State, but now lives in the mean “burbs” of Minnesota with her husband and their dogs, Rugby & Willow. With her kids now pushed out of the nest and encouraged to fly, Barbara spends much time writing, motorcycling with her husband in the summer, and hiking through the snow with the dogs in the winter.
Romancing the Book
on June 03, 2011 :
Review by Zita
Book provided by author for review
I very much enjoyed this mystery. It was easy to engage with the main protagonist. Ms. Brink has written a well-rounded and likable character. You find yourself taking the journey alongside her, which is the mark of a well-written piece of fiction. The world Ms. Brink invites you to visit is realistic and completely believable. I don't want to say too much about this story, because the mystery is such an important part of it and I don't want to ruin it for you. What I will say is if you like a good mystery, you'll really enjoy this one, and I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Nov. 20, 2010 :
The cover is kind of dark, so I'm not fond of it, but it does show that there is some darkness to this suspenseful novel. However, a light shining through the grape leaves would have depicted the heart of the story more, because the light from discovering the truth casts away the darkness and provides healing. While this story had its terrifying moments, it left me feeling good at the end because of the resolution and healing message that was (thank God) not sappy or forced. I loved that. Quite often suspense stories leave me scratching my head because the resolution was not believable, or the great "revelation" seemed staged. This story flowed naturally. The tension built and built until there was nothing left but the inevitable explosion. And what a bang it carried! I was truly impressed.
Given my background of working with sick-o people for several decades I had a feeling there was some stuff in the past that would come to light. I love when my instincts are spot-on, but that also tells me that the author knew how to frame a believable scenario. Not many authors do that so convincingly that my gut says, "yep, that's just what it would look like, too." The author did a great job with the whole mystery and suspense. She also tied in a great romance with Handel, who was not only a childhood friend, but a very heroic figure in this story. I wanted to cuddle up next him when I got scared along with the heroine. Well done!
The coolest part of this story is that while published by the author, the craft part of the storytelling was impressive. This could easily have been published by a big publishing house. It was that well done. Just so you know, it's worth way more than the $2.99 the author is charging for her Amazon kindle edition of her novel. I'd easily pay $9.99 for it because the quality of the writing and storytelling is so good. There is nothing too sick or crass for the average reader to enjoy and nothing to make a Christian's conscience cringe. There are a few minor cuss words and an occasional glass of wine, but she is living at a winery, so it fits the setting. The heroine's memories that are pretty realistic, but that just makes the story more powerful. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2010 :
The story flowed and had a clever Entangled twist, an ideal title for a book and a great read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 26, 2010 :
Great story. Every plot twist had me surprised and anxious for the next and what it would reveal. I really enjoyed it!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Sep. 20, 2010 :
This was a very fun book to read. Not much got done on my day off as I absorbed it as fast as I could. Then the computer started to drag....aargh!! It was worth the wait.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Sep. 01, 2010 :
Moms Beware! By the second chapter I was so hooked, I shamefully got annoyed with my one year old for interrupting my reading with a need. I fell in love with the characters and loved the humor and suspense. Before the next book comes out I better get the dishes and laundry done first because I could not stop reading this one. I can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Aug. 31, 2010 :
Entangled will invite you in and then keep you coming back to find how the story (and characters) continue to unfold. You won't be able to predict the events in this one, its twist will surprise you.
This story is a definite 'grabber' that you'll enjoy until the end!
(reviewed the day of purchase)