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Monday, June 1, 2009
Review - Summer Wine by Helen Ravell
Title: Summer Wine
Author: Helen Ravell
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
He was hot and charming. She fell for him hard and fast. They were on the way from Australia to the US to meet the mother-in-law from Hell, the jobs they had lined up didn't pay well, and her engagement ring was cheap, flashy bling, because that was all they could afford. What did it matter? They had each other, and poor but honest is the stuff of fairytales. Then Sam admitted he wasn't poor, which meant he hadn't been honest either. Things suddenly looked a whole lot grimmer. A different fairytale all together. The ring Claire thought was fake was real, and the man she thought was real was... well she'd just have to find out.
How could any reader not love a book that tells an interesting story, has a great ending, and still manages to have a moral without being moralizing at the same time? Summer Wine by Helen Ravell is one of those true gems that combines all the best aspects of the literary ideals we want and need for summer entertainment while managing to be a sweet summer romance at the same time. The chemistry between Claire and Sam is so instantaneous and lovely to see, we feel almost voyeuristic watching it unfold. The best part of Summer Wine is not just the romance between Claire and Sam however, even though it is unbelievably hot and steamy, it is the range and variety of emotions Ms. Ravell brings to her characters in this one book. Her audience is able to experience the joy in discovering new love, including all its fun, fear and insecurities, while at the same time, watching and living through their misunderstandings, assumptions and bad decisions as well. This is not a light or frivolous book, it evokes too much emotional response from page to page to be considered bland, it is however a very griping book, one that will hold a reader’s attention until the very last page. For all these reasons, most especially for the beauty of the author’s writing style, I think Summer Wine is a perfect summer book, and one I definitely recommend.