Crushed: A Fredrickson Winery Novel

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Overview

Creating the perfect wine can sometimes be murder...

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 find the winery struggling financially, or that the girl next door might just be the girl of his dreams.

Margaret Parker, a single mom, newly hired as Chief winemaker at Fredrickson's, finds her simple world put to the test ...

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Overview

Creating the perfect wine can sometimes be murder...

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 find the winery struggling financially, or that the girl next door might just be the girl of his dreams.

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 unexpectedly released from prison, and the man who got her pregnant at 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 to be part of the joyous harvest season.

This is the 2nd book in the Fredrickson Winery series. Look for the 3rd coming September 2013, SAVOR.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493661602
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/25/2013
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,348,688
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara is the author of nine novels. 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 and Willow. With her kids now pushed out of the nest and encouraged to fly, Barbara spends time writing, collecting books, and riding motorcycles with her husband in pursuit of her next story.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Like the series. Really fun read if you like mysteries and wine!

    Good sequel. Fun series. Characters are fairly straight forward and not overly complex. What I would consider a fun read. You can pick up series here, but I would recommend reading the first book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    short story

    Long enough to tie all the loose ends left from Entangled but short enough to enjoy more of the author's writing.

    Look forward to more of this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

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    Harvesting grapes can be murder~!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    5 stars!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    Highly Recommended, Will keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole read

    This sequel to Entangled will keep you on the edge of your seat though-out the whole read. You will experience a whole range of emotions as the characters and the mystery unfold. This is a great sequel with a whole different twist from Entangled. Can't wait for the next in the series. Love it, keep up the good work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    enjoyed this book

    was nicely surprised at how it kept you interested all the way to end I enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Swag

    He doesn't exist. :D just kidding. Eh, I kiiiinda like Harry. e.e Okay, maybe I like him a lot. &hearts Xx

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 28, 2014

    Bree

    I dun' know. Two people, maybe one, maybe none.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Ok

    Interesting ideas - but not enough plot or character depth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Nouhhh sheor store mucho mejo

    Nouuuuuu orroroso my name adri zapata

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Highly recommeded

    I had bought her book Entangled and it was great, so when I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down. I great read.

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