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What a juicy twist of a gastronomic tale. A Twisted Vine reminded me of that wonderful novel A Year in Provence; but then add in a thoroughly modern heroine in Roxanne, a few foreign escapades and a rotten Frenchman, and voila!
Alex Martin writes incredibly well, and her descriptions of rural France are divine. They infiltrate through the story like little pockets of colour, painting the scene so perfectly, as did the food and wine. It appealed to all my senses.
Our female character has plenty of guts, setting off as she does to go grape picking around France, and the author knows her subject well, which makes for insightful reading with the kind of detail that sets the book apart from the usual run of the mill romance. Not only does the plot and the setting carry the romantic gene but it holds up as a light crime/drama at the same time, and there are some well drawn, believable characters.
If you like France and grown up romance with all the food and wine you can consume then get stuck in to The Twisted Vive. A truly wonderful slice of rather classy escapism. I really enjoyed every morsel.
The characters, especially Roxanne (who keeps singing “her” Police song!) you easily take to and root for. The scenery is beautifully described along with the hard work of grape picking. Some friendships and easily won and others treasured. A bit of a disappointing ending in one part, but I guess this leaves room for another tale in the future.
The main heroine, Roxanne, travels to France so she can have a break from all the drama that followed the breakup with her boyfriend. She decides to go grape picking, which sounds like a great way to keep your hands busy and mind distracted with the new scenery. She meets new friends and spends her time pleasantly in their company, drinking wine and tasting French cuisine… However, the stars have other plans for her, and her ‘escape’ turns out to be an adventure. Someone she meets there is hiding a twisted secret, and so this romantic suspense story turns into a mystery.
The original setting of this novel and the beauty of colorful places that Roxanne visits really drew me in. This book was a lot more than I’d expected, because aside from the romantic aspect, there’s a great deal of humor, fantastic friendship, and entertaining dialogue. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes women’s fiction.
*I got a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought they should have put the attempted murderer in jail.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Be transported to France with Roxanne. As she attempts to overcome the break up of her relationship, she decides to spend time alone picking grapes in France. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Teresa
A colourful trip through the vineyards of France during harvest. Roxanne, the heroine, is still a bit naive about men in spite of the fact that she was in a relationship and has... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Judith P
Pretty and picturesque. Easy reading. Perfect for reading on the beach or in front of a fire on your french holiday.Published on May 1, 2014 by Bentley
I read it to the end, so I was interested enough to find out what happened. There were some huge lapses in believability that made the story hard to stick with, and the final... Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Jean N.
Overall I liked the book very much, exciting and grips you so that you wish to carry on to find out what happens next. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The Twisted Vine is absorbing from the beginning, with many moods and convincing and engaging characters. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Alf Fry
The story was intriguing but the end was somewhat of a disappointment. Nevertheless, my attention was captured throughout the reading and I loved using my minimal french knowledge... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Joyful Jan