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The Twisted Vine by [Martin, Alex]
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About the Author

Life has been full to date. Now I have a window, a pause, in which to explore my first passion - writing. I have a shed in the garden where I can be found bashing both brain and keyboard. I'm attempting to express those thoughts and ideas that have been cooking since I was seven and learned to read. You can keep up to date with my progress on alexxx8586.blogspot.com There was an old black and gold typewriter knocking about my childhood home. When I wasn't skinning my knees climbing trees or wandering aimlessly in the countryside with my dog and my dreams, I could be found, as now, typing away with imaginary friends whispering in my ear. My first novel, The Twisted Vine, is based on a happy time picking grapes in France in the 1980s. I met some amazing people there but none as outrageous as those that sprang to life on my screen. The next one, Daffodils, is based in Wiltshire, where I grew up. It attempts to portray how ordinary lives, and the rigid social order, were radically altered by the catalyst of the First World War. A sequel, Peace Lily is nearly finished and a third book to complete the trilogy, Speedwell, is on its way. The next one, as yet un-named, is a ghost story. I'm just listening to the whispers from the other side to get the full picture....

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  • File Size: 2051 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publication Date: December 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089M2TSM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By L. H. Orth on July 5, 2012
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What a fabulously good read. I LOVE, love, love this book. Alex Martin snatches her readers up from their everyday, pedestrian existence and transports them to the sultry South of France. The sights, the smells, the local flavour of the French countryside awaits you in her new book, The Twisted Vine. Take a summer trip to the wine country of France as you enjoy darling Roxy's adventures. Ms. Martin's rich writing style creates fully fleshed out characters who you enjoy spending time with, the sterling along with the smarmy ones. The fresh dialogue makes you laugh out loud. The book is a time capsule of summers gone by, not too long ago, when life was simpler, without cell phones and laptops. You will find adventure, friendships, romance, greed, heartbreak, villains and a bunch of really delightful Twenty Somethings having a swell time at a tough summer job harvesting grapes in France. The Twisted Vine is a page-turner that you'll stay up very late to read, and you will wonder at the end how everyone got on in life. Any chance of a sequel? High praise for Alex Martin indeed.
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I simply could not put this book down ! The setting and the characters were so out of the ordinary, each with its own bit of folly or is it their magic touch ? The twist and turns are totally unpredictable and at the same time totally down to earth ... A amazing balance has been achieved by the author in my own opinion !
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I feel like I've been on holiday!
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.
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What a great first novel from Alex Martin. I wholeheartedly recommend it as an unputdownable story not to be missed. It gripped me from start to surprising finish. I couldn't guess what would happen at any point. It's got so much - heart-break, warmth, mystery, fun and adventure set in the beautiful wine making regions of France. The characters are memorable and stayed with me long after I finished reading the book. There are many sensitive issues dealt with too. It was refreshing to read a romantic mystery with so much more to it. The writing is beautiful and compelling. A treat for all readers. I have no hesitation in recommending highly it to everyone.
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This was a fun read -- plus there is a bit of mystery and adventure. Well-defined characters. I feel like I've been on a mini-vacation to the vineyard regions of France, including some mountain driving and sampling of French cuisine. I didn't know that picking grapes was so labor-intensive, and have a greater respect for those who do that back-breaking work. // The writing was UK English, which I enjoy. Except for quotation marks switching from single to double, this book was well-edited. This author knows how to use commas (thank you Alex!), and it made for a very enjoyable read. This was Alex Martin's first book, and I see she has another recently published. I will look forward to reading it.
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A wonderful, enjoyable summer read of Roxanne who after her boyfriend has been unfaithful to her decides to leave it all behind and go grape picking in France. She meets some endearing friends and characters but not before a horrible incident. A generous host and then one of a different nature who may be related to the person in the part of her trip she is trying to forget. Wonderful descriptions of grape picking, friendships and adverse weather! There are both light and dark sides to this story which eventually come together (I won’t spoil it!).
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.
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A very refreshing romance/adventure novel that will make for a perfect weekend read while you soak up the Autumn sun.
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
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