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Crushed (The Fredrickson Winery Novels Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Ellen Brink
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Entangled (A Fredrickson Winery Novel) Vol 1
Crushed (A Fredrickson Winery Novel) Vol 2


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About 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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  • File Size: 2591 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Ellen Brink; 1 edition (March 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RR19MK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crushed-On from the first, ready for the third March 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Just like her first book, Entangled, Barb Brink has spun a mesmerizing story. A new central character and old friends from the Fredrickson Vineyards continue the story of Billie, Handel and their families. Just when I thought I knew what would happend, a new twist was thrown into the plot. Barb always manages to catch me unaware. I couldn't put it down. The good news is the end of this book leads to another story, which will hopefully be coming soon from this creative woman.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crushed March 26, 2011
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This book was everything I thought it would be, full of suspense and twists and turns to the end. It was not what I expected as far as the ending goes. I found I really liked some of the characters and really disliked a few. This book is definitely worth the read! I had a very hard time putting it down while I was reading so I finally gave up. Don't miss this awesome book, Barbara has a way of writing that draws a person in. It is nice to read a book that is clean and refreshing. I love the way Barbara included Billie quite a bit in her sequel, so many authors don't do that. Definitely a MUST READ!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crushing wine can be murder~!! May 30, 2011
Format:Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars! May 17, 2011
Format:Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but average August 9, 2012
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I very much enjoyed the first book, but this one was more about how to make wine than it was a romance, murder/mystery, procedural, drama, whatever it's supposed to be classified as. The writing was grammatically good, and the story's pieces were put together in their most basic acceptable locations; however, that's the problem. The story was basic, the love was not heartfelt, the characters and situations were very predictable and quite frankly, the first third of the book is a waste of time. I almost didn't finish reading it because it was SUCH A SLOW START!! Even after the story picked up and started to move, it just didn't provide enough intrigue. Again, good writing, but very basic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book January 11, 2012
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I really liked this book! The main character should have been from New England. Her sarcasm is great! I thought the book was well written and the story line nicely developed. This was another mystery I didn't figure out. One mystery (there are 2) was not so difficult but the last one, definitely didn't see it coming. You think it's going to be a typical love story but it's really not. There is a lot more content than most romance novels. I read this one in 3 days. I felt connected with the characters and wanted to read more. I read the second one too which was good but this one was better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wine country story, well written.
Just read this novel after reading the earthquake event. Brought that part of the country into focus once again. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Dora M. Gourley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a very good mystery
Published 5 days ago by BETTY KNAPP
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I wasn't aware that it is the second book of the Fredrickson Winery Novels, until I has finished the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward W Durio
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better if you follow the sequence!
This is part of the Fredrickson Winery Novel series, and while sometimes you can read out of sequence...this novel is better read after the first (Entangled). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison R Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues!
Loved all 3 of these books ending with Crushed. Each one held my interest so I kept getting the next. Love it when I find a new author I like.
Published 2 months ago by Bedtime Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked the series
I really liked this series - each one was just as good as the last (3 books in the series) I liked the characters and the author's style of writing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Mohney
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Reaction
The plot was convoluted, which was OK, but seemed to frequently lose direction. And characters and events popped up out of nowhere, without explanation or introduction. Ms. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robbi
2.0 out of 5 stars No Intrigue
I just thought the characters were weak as well as the plot. It's hard to get into a story when you don't have feelings for the characters.
Published 6 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
I thought it had a more interesting plot than most and kept me interested throughout the whole book. There were unexpected twists and a pretty shocking ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Arlene Walczak
4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Winery Mystery
A well-written mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. A thoroughly enjoyable story with entirely believable characters.
Published 6 months ago by Marie L Meulemans
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Barbara Ellen Brink writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, and young adult novels. She loves riding motorcycles, hiking in the woods with her dogs, and spending time with her husband, grown children, and friends. She hates exercise but endures it to justify her habit of eating chocolate while writing. She is the author of the Fredrickson Winery novels, ENTANGLED, CRUSHED, and SAVOR. She is also the author of inspirational suspense, RUNNING HOME and ALIAS RAVEN BLACK. Her speculative thriller, SPLIT SENSE won the 2011 Grace Award. She now has a Young Adult series: The Amish Bloodsuckers Trilogy, (CHOSEN #1, SHUNNED #2, RECKONING #3).

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