Jancy Wilson is broke, unemployed and now she's without a car. Her plans of going to stay with her cousin in Louisiana go up in smoke when her car catches fire in the tiny town of Pick, Texas. She notices a Help Wanted sign in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner. She used to live in Pick when she was a teenager and her memories, along with the diner's famous strawberry tarts, draw her in to the diner and into a job. She only wants to save enough money to get a decent car and continue on her way. Her parents moved from place to place, so Jancy doesn't know what it's like to settle in one place. But as the close-knit community, and an old crush, welcome her with open arms, she's beginning to feel as though this little place in Texas could be home.
The cover caught my eye, it's gorgeous. And though this isn't the typical type of book I go for, it sounded cute and mushy and I thought I'd give it a try. The writing is good. The setting, the characters and the food are all brought to life. Of course it's predictable but that doesn't take away from anything. I do like how Pick is a place where everyone knows everyone and they're supportive of one another and kind, but (and I hate to say this) it also got on my nerves at times.
Thank you to Netgalley and Montlake Romance for a copy of this book.
Title: Strawberry Wine
Author: Darly Jamison
Publisher: Zebra Shout
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Strawberry Wine" by Darly Jamison
Looking for a novel with a romance with lots of twist and turns that will definitely keep you wondering what will happen next...then you are at the right place for "Strawberry Wine" will give it all to you. I liked how this author was able to give us a emotional story that was told using 'flashbacks' of a first love and heartache. So, what will happen as Addy and Jake meet again in this small town and rediscover that their is still a bond between them?
The main characters...Addison [Addy] and Jake gives the readers one sweet love story. Getting these two together was simply a work of art. I liked how this author gives the reader a witty banter which gives us a delightful read that felt so real and how this story deals with the prologue, then the past, the present and then on to the epilogue. Yes, this story will skip around so be aware of that and in the end you get these two peoples story being told so well that you can even 'smell the intoxicating strawberry wine.' This is one read that you may find yourself tearing up, smiling and also laughing!
Many of the other characters were all well developed and relatable but one of my favorite people was Addy's grandmother, Mags who was a 'serious matchmaker, cook extraordinaire and a advice dispenser all rolled up into one' giving the reader a intriguing read that you will keep turning the pages until the end. Oops, I don't want to leave out another character I liked and that brought a lots to the read and that was Ruby.
"Strawberry Wine" will give the reader a sweet and spicy love story of how Addy and Jake 'navigate through tender moments and heartbreaks of their romantic love' all tied together in one well written read.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
This was really cute, fun, and lovely. I used to be a big fan of Strawberry Shortcake, though it has been years and years since I last saw something about her, so imagine my delight when I saw this comic on Netgalley. I knew I just had to try it out and see if it was still as fun.
And was it? Yes, definitely! It was a bit confusing, especially with how the first story connected with the second one (the first one is about the anniversary of the cafe, while the second one takes places weeks/months afterwards (considering the hair colour of Strawberry) and is all about the contest and the Purple Pieman). Luckily the second story just keeps going and thus I could enjoy it a lot more and wasn’t as much confused as I was at the beginning.
And the story was great fun, the contests, the making of food, Strawberry’s friends who cheered for her and were there for her when she needed them.
It was also fun to see them travel, and go to a city which I just loved. It fitted perfectly with the story and also the land where Strawberry lives.
Though I did hate the Purple Pieman and all he did. Maybe he was a good baker, but his attitude, phew, it stank so much, even more than those Durians Strawberry had to do with in the contest. It is a shame that stuff is allowed, especially during the first round I was quite disgusted that they allowed that crap. The ending (the last page in fact) meh, I hated it. Didn’t like seeing that.
The art was really fabulous. The eyes were a bit weird, but other than that I loved how stuff was drawn. It is also really colourful, which I love. :) Then again it would be weird if a Strawberry Shortcake story was all drab and gloomy.
All in all, I would recommend this comic to everyone. It is fun, it is sweet, and for me also meant a nostalgia trip.
Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/