From the “sharp, sassy, [and] surprisingly emotional”* author of Put a Ring on It, New Uses for Old Boyfriends, and The Week Before the Wedding, a new novel set in the charming seaside town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware…
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…
Not too long ago I read Put A Ring On It by author, Beth Kendrick. When I saw she had another book, Once Upon a Wine, I knew I wanted to read it and I wasn’t disappointed.
We learn about Cammie Breyer who is a failed restaurant owner and instead, she’s a waitress. Then, when Cammie’s Aunt Ginger cashes in her pension and buys a vineyard in Delaware, Cammie and her cousin, Kat decide to help. They head to Black Dog Bay, where they used to spend their summers in their childhood.
You will wonder – is Aunt Ginger qualified to buy a vineyard? Heck no, she’s an ex-schoolteacher! Let’s not ignore the fact that Kat’s a retired skateboarder and Cammie is an ex-waitress. But the fact is, these women have a strong family bond and they will definitely step up to help each other so the fun begins!
Cammie sees her former boyfriend, Ian, and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface. Kat develops a website to market their future wines and Ginger makes an old family recipe of strawberry wine…. and readers will meet a retired show dog named Jacques.
This is a light, enjoyable read with a good mix of family loyalty, humor and romance along with a great little dog. In all honesty, the story is predictable, but Once Upon a Wine was a great story about three women who have courage and determination.
About Beth Kendrick:
Author of twelve women’s fiction novels, including the Black Dog Bay series and “Nearlyweds,” which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. Beth loves rescue dogs, red wine, and the Chicago Cubs.
After growing up with a purebred Bernese Mountain dog, Beth Kendrick fell in love with a scruffy stray terrier named Murphy and has been a sucker for rescue dogs ever since. She lives in Arizona with her family and two rambunctious red mutts named Roxie and Friday. Despite owning three vacuum cleaners, she is constantly covered in dog hair.
I was provided with a complimentary digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion.