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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.
on Aug. 10, 2011 :
I love how Brink writes and how she crafts her suspense stories. There is just enough realism and angst from the suspense element and a little romance to warm everything up. She does a fantastic job with romantic tension, too. I was feeling it and it was enjoyable indeed. I appreciated how this story tied into the first book, though you could probably read this book as a stand alone and still enjoy it very much. I've learned a lot about making wine and vineyards from reading this series.
The romance developing between Adam and Margaret (Meg) was yummy indeed. They were good for each other and needed to be together, but like any good romantic suspense, that has to get all jacked up to make the story an intriguing one. I loved seeing the characters from the previous books and experiencing the twists and turns in the story. There was also a bit of amateur sleuthing by Adam, which is always entertaining. The ending was killer too. This author has hooked me into the series and I'll be looking for the third installment. Bring it on!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Romancing the Book
on June 03, 2011 :
Reviewer: Judy Nickles
Source: ebook provided by author for review
Ms Brink sets up the suspense immediately and continues to up the ante throughout Crushed. Two parallel love stories add unexpected twists. The characters are well-drawn and believable, and the setting in the lush California Napa Valley is described with enough detail to bring the reader into it, but not over-written. The author weaves the details of wine making through the story narrative, providing bonus information to readers unfamiliar with industry.
Her villains are villainous enough for the most discriminating suspense reader—a father convicted of child molestation but released too soon from prison; an ex-lover who took advantaged of a rebellious teen struggling to get past her early years in a dysfunctional family. Her heroes and heroines are heroic enough for the most discriminating romance reader—a loyal brother and first-class attorney; a woman who has moved from victim to victor; a free-spirited young man searching for his place in life; a young woman who, as a single mother, has had to grow up too soon.
This novel is one of those stories that you enjoy most— short enough to promise a quick resolution, long enough to provide all the action (romantic and suspenseful) that satisfies the reader’s soul.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
on March 21, 2011 :
Romance winds its way through a Californian winery in this the second Fredrickson Winery novel. Margaret Parker is a single mother. She became pregnant at the tender age of 16, and the father, a wealthy Italian abandoned her.
She became the head winemaker and her life was comfortable. Until she was contacted by the father of her child, and news of her father’s unexpected release from prison. From that moment her life was in turmoil. Her emotions were pulled from every angle.
The abduction of her son, the gathering in of a precious grape crop and shocking secrets all threaten to bring her to her knees. But the ever resilient Margaret, battles on and deals with all that is thrown her way.
Author Barbara Ellen Brink has captured yet again the pulling together of the wine community, and given us a storyline full of intrigue and family life. Of adventure and action. Of romance and loyal devotion.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)