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Crushed (The Fredrickson Winery Novels Book 2)

by Barbara Ellen Brink

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Good lord, this book was terrible. The characters were shallow and underdeveloped. The drama was ridiculous. The romance was trite and the dialogue eye-rollingly bad. However, I can put up with a lot, and what loses me faster than anything is poor editing. Tons of typos / errors that a professional editor would catch, for example, the line "too large for any small boy to swallow hole". No. Just no.

I found nothing redeeming about this book except that it finally ended. I would rather read a stack of Barbara Cartland romances than this book. Dame Barbara, please don't go. I take back every bad thing I've ever said about your silly heroines and overly masculine men. Love you always and forever now. ( )
  GovMarley | Aug 6, 2017 |
‘Crushed’ is the second novel of the mystery/romance trilogy by Barbara Ellen Brink. Because I so love the wine setting of Napa and am intrigued by wine making, I decided to read the second novel in the series. For me, this story was slightly more well developed and seemed to flow better than the first book. Billie, the owner of Frederickson Winery, has a younger brother, Adam who moves into Napa. Next door to her vineyards, Margaret and her ten-year-old son, Davy, reside with their uncle Handel, who is Billie’s significant other. I enjoyed the romance that develops between Margaret and Adam, as the author portrays their interesting personalities through amusing banter and witty dialogue. After ten years of complete abandonment, Margaret’s former boyfriend, who is also Davy’s father, returns to Napa from Italy to try to establish a relationship with his son and eventually take him back to Italy. Margaret’s unsavory father also presents himself at her door after being paroled from prison following a crime for sexual molestation. The tension is suddenly heightened, when Davy comes up missing during crush time, as the plump grapes are being harvested for crushing into wine. ‘Crushed’ is a very satisfying diversion from more complex and challenging text, and it is enjoyable without becoming excessively demanding. ( )
  haymaai | Dec 25, 2016 |
Margaret and her 8 year old son Davy own a small winery in Napa along with her brother Handel who lives with them. The next winery is owned by Billie who is engaged to Handel. Margaret younger brother, Adam, arrives looking for a job and is immediately attracted to Margaret. I did enjoy this book; however, it was about 2/3's into the story before the mystery started when Davy's father shows up and Billie's father is released from prison after serving a sentence for pedophilia. ( )
  Kathy89 | Mar 3, 2014 |
Crushed is book two in the Fredrickson Winery Series.

Margaret Parker is a single mom who is just trying to do what is best for her son. Margaret and Davy live with Margaret's brother, Handel. Handel is a lawyer who is dating their next door neighbour and winery owner, Billie Fredrickson. Margaret also owns a small winery and labels her wine, 'Margaret's Wine', but it is her dream to run a major distillery and has steered her education in that direction.

Adam Fredrickson is Billie's younger brother who has returned from his drifter lifestyle to settle down and help Billie with her failing business. Upon arriving he first meets Margaret and sparks ignite as the two become drawn to one another. Though Margaret tries to steal her heart to his advances, she finds herself falling in love with Adam and his guitar playing, laid back attitude.

However, Margaret's past has come back to haunt her, with the return of Davy's horse breeding/racing, playboy of a father, Agnosto Salvatore. He needs a legitimate heir in order to inherit his father's vast and wealthy estate and he will stop at nothing to guarantee this, even stooping to hire Margaret and Handel's child molesting father to help put his machinations in motion.

When a body shows up during "Crush", the annual harvesting of the grapes, and Davy goes missing, everyone must deal with the horror that surrounds them. With emotions high and the future uncertain, everyone must pull together in order to maintain the right blend to achieve their success.

I didn't have the opportunity to read the first book of the series, 'Entangled', and though it wasn't truly necessary, it does play a part in the 'Crushed' back story, just enough, that you wish you had. You really don't know the hows and the whys of the child molestation story, however, enough of a description is given that you can get the gist without having to read the first novel in order to enjoy the second.

I didn't mind the story, it was easy to read, had great flow and enough narrative and dialogue as to keep a good balance. I found Adam to be a bit unbelievable, given his age and his amount of depth in character and maturity, although, to have a kind, considerate man to share your life with, isn't a bad thing. I found Margaret's going back to work, as well as, going to sleep, while her son was missing was quite inappropriate, at least for myself anyhow. Others may not have found that a hindrance, but the lack of motherly instinct was present in Margaret, she came off more like a big sister than a parent.

Handel, Billie and Sally were excellently written and believable in their actions and attitudes, especially Sally. She gave the comedic edge to the book that was needed to have an edge to the book that was needed. I found the ending to be predictable and a bit cliched, but all in all, it was a good read that any mystery reader who likes some romance thrown in, would enjoy! ( )
  MadMooseMama | May 30, 2011 |
Reviewer: Judy Nickles
Source: ebook provided by author for review

Blurb: When Adam Fredrickson shows up at his sister’s California winery, footloose and carefree, looking for a temporary job and a chance to play his music, he doesn’t expect to meet the girl of his dreams. But the best things in life are usually unexpected.

Margaret Parker, a single mom, newly hired as Chief winemaker at Fredrickson’s, finds her simple world put to the test when her father is allowed an early release from prison, and the man who got her pregnant when she was fifteen, shows up from Italy wanting to play daddy nine years too late.

It’s crush time at Fredrickson Winery and everyone is working feverously to get the grapes in and ensure a great vintage. No one expects murder and kidnapping to be part of the joyous harvest season.

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. ( )
  RtB | May 17, 2011 |
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It's crush time at Fredrickson Winery and everyone is working feverously to get the grapes in and ensure a great vintage. When Adam Fredrickson shows up at his sister's California winery, footloose and carefree, looking for a temporary job and a chance to play his music, he doesn't expect to meet the girl of his dreams. But the best things in life are usually unexpected. Margaret Parker, a single mom, newly hired as Chief winemaker at Fredrickson's, finds her perfect world put to the test when her father is allowed an early release from prison, and the man who got her pregnant when she was fifteen, shows up from Italy wanting to play daddy nine years too late. Entangled (A Fredrickson Winery Novel) Vol 1 Crushed (A Fredrickson Winery Novel) Vol 2… (more)

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