Strawberry Wine

Strawberry Wine

by Lee Adams


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Ten years have passed since Tanya Smith's last summer at Laurel Lake-the summer of Marie. Today Tanya is a confident, successful music promoter-a far cry from the naïve seventeen-year-old who showed up at the lake full of rosy notions of first love, lifelong friendships, and evenings spent sipping strawberry wine on the shore. That September changed everything, and as far as Tanya is concerned, there's no going back. That is, until a mysterious phone call from Marie's lawyer brings Tanya face to face with the past. Suddenly she finds herself returning to Laurel Lake and to everything she left behind there. Will the dark secret that haunts the lake break her heart all over again? Or will Marie's legacy be the key that unlocks the future Tanya gave up on ten long years ago?

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ISBN-13: 9780984958894
Publisher: Brandylane Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/04/2012
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Strawberry Wine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BarbHarrisBH More than 1 year ago
I found myself fighting back tears time and time again through this novel. So much of it I think people can relate to. We all have emotional scars from our teenage years and this book really hits the nail on the head when it comes to those pivotal years.  The characters were great and I found myself really connecting to them. The ending left me wanting more. 
MichaelG13 More than 1 year ago
This book opens with a successful woman receiving a phone call from a lawyer. An old acquaintance has died after a car accident and left Tanya with her most precious possession. Thus begins the journey of Tanya to revisit her past. Can she handle her new responsibilities and get over what happened 10 years ago?  Highly recommend! 
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Strawberry Wine is a NA/Adult novel with a splash of YA intermixed as the story focuses on both present day and the not-so-distant past. Revolving around Tanya, a 27ish, put together, self-made music promoter, readers are instantly drawn into her life as the novel opens with the death of her estranged friend Marie, a girl Tanya only knew for one summer during her high school years, a summer that for her is impossible to forget; a summer that changed everything. Almost instantly, the novel jumps from present to past, allowing readers to live through the events of that summer as Tanya begins to fall for Michael, explore the deeper recesses of love, and become friends with Marie, the quiet girl with abusive step-relatives. What starts off cute and carefree, turns jarring and sinister as the summer progresses, and everything abruptly comes to a halt when a few drunken decisions change everything for Tanya and Marie. Here, the novel once again jumps back to the present, and it is also here that Adams sends readers a curveball, one I never saw coming, but in retrospect, should have. With the death of Marie, Tanya’s entire world is upended, altering the course of her world, should she so accept it, and in doing so, allowing her to go back to those carefree summer days and claim what she lost. It’s a beautiful tale, and I thoroughly enjoyed that present to past to present narration—it’s not back and forth, but steady, almost like a circular novel, but continuing on once it comes full circle to give readers deeper insight into current events. From carefree to brokenhearted, from on top of the world to uncertain, from safe to vulnerable, this novel spans the gamut of emotions, and they’re a very tangible aspect of the novel. Although the story itself sometimes flows a bit clipped in terms of transitions, it’s well done just the same, and as surprise and fear edge their way into the story, so does the reliance on God—though not preachy. I wouldn’t say this is a religious novel by any means, but when faced with a bad situation, as Tanya finds herself in after the death of Marie, one does tend to rely more on God. For me, this was all a bit sudden, but understandable as the plot thickens, lives are threatened, and a sinister danger lurks on the horizon. It is said that we write what we know, and Adams definitely does this in that Tanya is a music promoter, as is Lee, and a deadly kidney complication comes in to play—something Adams has also dealt with as a donor. Although fiction, Adams' own personal experiences come through in the novel, adding validity and giving the novel extreme realism, which is an aspect I highly enjoy in my stories. Overall, this is a very well-done novel—and if you’re looking for an alluring summer read, I highly suggest adding Strawberry Wine to your reading pile.
AnnS70 More than 1 year ago
This book is AWESOME. I loved it. I found myself connecting to the characters on a deep level and I know I will be thinking about them for a long time. It had every element I could want, along with a few plot twists I didn't see coming at all. The main character, Tanya, just can't escape her past no matter how hard she tries. Even though 10 years have passed, it still comes back to haunt her. The question is, can she forgive her old friends and begin a new great life? The beginning hooks you and doesn't let go. It is a great read and I highly recommend!
SebAbbott More than 1 year ago
What a great story! It hooks you right from the start and doesn't let go. We join Tanya as she comes to terms with her past. Tanya hasn't been back to Laurel Lake in 10 years, but circumstances bring her back and things are about to change forever. The question is, can she forgive her old friends?
Mellissa90 More than 1 year ago
Warning - don't read this story without some tissues nearby! It has a little bit of everything. Romance, Betrayal, Forgiveness and new beginnings. Overall it was a great story and I highly recommend.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Tanya Smith spent every summer at Laurel Lake with her family. At the lake she has a special group of best friends only this year there is an addition to that group with Marie having moved to the town. When that summer is over and Tanya leaves she leaves with a broken heart and does not plan on returning to Laurel Lake for any long term stays again. Ten years later, Tanya gets a call from Marie’s lawyer that forces her to deal with past and make a future that she never dreamed of. She finds herself back at Laurel Lake and facing what she left behind. I read Strawberry Wine in one sitting. I could not stop, caught in the web of the story by the first chapter. Laurel Lake reminds me of the wonderful visits I had during my childhood to my grandparents. The summer friends I made and the memories I still cherish. The fact that the plot was not as simple as I thought it was going to be made me love the story even more. The falling love, first love, heading to heart break and the end of summer made Strawberry Wine unable to be put down. Then to bring it back to the future following the lives of those summer friends and intertwining them as adults, I had to know the ending. Lee Adams wrote a book where you can connect with the characters easily and truly care about their story and feelings. This could be the book I give to my friends for their birthdays. Any reader will be sorry if they pass it up.