Entangled by Barbara Ellen Brink(The Fredrickson Winery Novels: Book 1)
Book Blurb: A Minneapolis attorney inherits a small California winery, reawakening memories that have lain dormant for twenty years. One summer of her childhood is a mystery she intends to solve. But digging up her past also lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother’s. Entangled between what she once believed and a new reality, will she be able to live with the consequences of full disclosure?
My Rating: 3/5
My Review: The ending disappointed me beyond expectation. I already had the bad guy figured out almost from the beginning. The mystery was easy to solve, and I basically just waited for everyone in the story to catch up and come to terms with what was right in front of them. The real plot twist would have been if it had been who they suspected throughout most of the book.
And the supposed plot twist at the very end? Well, I thought plot twists were supposed to be more compelling than the story the author tried to make you believe. This one was dull and the one real moment of danger ended rather quickly with little emotion. There were two things at risk, and both issues fizzled out without a struggle. For example, someone goes missing and you’re supposed to fear the worst, but it ends up being a simple misunderstanding and wrapped up quickly—all in one neat little bow. No real danger, no real risk.
For women’s fiction, I expected a stronger heroine at the end, or at least for one of the main characters to fight to save the day. Unfortunately, none of that happened.
I picked up Entangled because I love wine and the mystery takes place at a California vineyard. There wasn’t too many details about winemaking, but what I did read was interesting.
The atmosphere of Entangled was fun and quirky for the most part. I thought the characters were entertaining and that’s probably the one thing I’ll take away as positive from the story. I hate that I feel this way, but I invested a lot of time following the mystery and waiting to be blown away. I wish I felt differently, but I probably won’t be continuing with the series based on the ending and overall slow pace.
There were a lot of comparisons that didn’t relate to the story, just the author trying to be creative or witty. Some were all right, but they got old fast. The grammar had so many mistakes. They didn’t make the writing unintelligible, but they did seem sloppy. I think Entangled has been out for a while and I noticed other reviewers complained about the grammar as well. So I feel the author has had plenty of time to correct these mistakes and simply doesn’t care.
Entangled did hold my attention and it was a pleasant, light read. I enjoyed following the relationship between Billie and Handel. I felt like their relationship progressed at a reasonable pace. Speaking of which, I don’t remember the author going too in-depth on how they were doing at the end of the book. There was an overview but not much else. Since the romance was pretty heavy throughout the book, I did expect a little more than that.
I’ll give it three stars because it wasn’t all bad—and it had wine—but it definitely wasn’t my favorite and I wish it had been better. If you think you would like to read Entangled and see for yourself, you can get it here for $2.99.