Crushed: A Fredrickson Winery Novel

Crushed: A Fredrickson Winery Novel

by Barbara Ellen Brink
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Crushed: A Fredrickson Winery Novel by Barbara Ellen Brink

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 feverishly to get the grapes in and ensure a great vintage. No one expects murder to be part of the joyous harvest season.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493661602
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/25/2013
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Barbara Ellen Brink is the author of nine published novels. Apart from The Fredrickson Winery series, she also writes Christian suspense, Young Adult, and thrillers.
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 snow with the dogs in the winter.

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Crushed 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
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!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Iam_Cranky More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting info on wine making. Margaret's past and the Mother of Davy who gets kidnapped keeps you on the edge of your chair along with the solution to Billie's nighmares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read.
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Well written. Good story. Fun in places but kept my interest. I enjoyed this book and will look for and read others by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
English please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like an inexperienced author--needed more plot and character development. It was sort of a mystery and sort of a romance, neither done really well. Far too much descriptive text at inappropriate times. I finally just skimmed through those parts which makes it a very short read. Can't recommend this one and won't be reading anymore in this series.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Adam Fredrickson is hoping for a job at his sister Billie's winery until he gets on his feet. Adam just wants to prove himself that he's right in making this decision. Adam takes a wrong turn leading to a woman that stirs his soul. Margaret Parker is single mom that's tired of men and their ways. Margaret doesn't believe there are any good men yet surprisingly Adam makes her see things differently. For Margaret, her son Davy is her whole world but with his father Agosto Salvatore tries to walk back into their lives. Adam didn't realize how far in debt Billie was in but still wants to help any way. Adam's attraction to Margaret seems to appear one sided at first. Another man out to get what he thinks he deserves Sean Parker. Can Margaret trust Agosto? What is Sean really after? Will Margaret let Adam into her heart? Your answers await you in Crushed. This sequel picks up right where the first book left off. The story and characters are raw, real, honest, humble, compelling, down to earth, and intriguing too. This is definitely a series that keeps my interests and a nice break from paranormal romance and urban fantasy books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable and thoroughly engrossing. Recommend highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read
MaggieSueMP More than 1 year ago
I found this book hard to get interested in. I had not read the previous ones in the series, but after reading this one, I have no desire to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyable and intertaining.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery will keep you turning the pages to find what happens next. You will love the setting in Napa Califorina wine country. You will want to be there tasting the special "Margaret Wine," You will want to see the moon over the hills of the grape vine country. If you want romance. Mystery. And you will love the family interaction, tears, laughter, support and most of all love. And then there is the evil side of family, life, you get it all with this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading more of Ms Brinks work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very entertaining book and i look forward to the next one.
Lespino More than 1 year ago
Great series romance and mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The overview doesn't really describe the story...some very disgusting characters and a scene that should be read by adults only
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
This is more of a romance novel than a mystery. The characters are cartoonish, the plot is juvenile, and the book is full of typical romance-novel cliches. If you're looking for something more along the lines of a cozy, look elsewhere. If you have a low tolerance for bodice-rippers, you won't like this book either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago