As a fan of contemporary literature, I love a good story. Over the years I have developed a taste for narratives that are complex, well told and written in short chapters. This week I want to share a book which has all of these elements and many more.
BlackBerry Wine – Delicious and Tempting
This story is about Jay Mackintosh and is partly told through the lens of a bottle of long-brewed wine which he holds dear to him. His ‘specials’ (the wine bottles) remind him of his childhood stays at his grandparents’ where he explored the northern landscapes and befriended an old man who was filled with tall tales and gardening tips. He also made homemade blackberry wine.
Now, Jay has decided to follow his dream and move to a quaint village in France -Lansquenet- where he bought a run-down farm house and began writing another book. His big selling novel was several years earlier and he hadn’t been able to replicate that book for lack of ideas.
In Lansquenet (also a setting for the Chocolat novels) he finds a split family with a mysterious rift. He also makes friends with the initially suspicious locals. When an ex arrives from England to mix things up, Jay has a wake up call that changes his outlook on things.
Haunted by memories of the intriguing old man, Joe, he finds himself torn between memories, hopes and emotional awakening.
In A Nutshell
As always, Joanne has written a narrative which is fascinating, warm and full of twists and turns. It is not a thriller but sits well as a strong drama. The story is carefully written, with elements which seem unrelated but then become clearly woven together in a satisfying way.
Check out Blackberry Wine and see for yourself. Even though it was published in 2000 it is still highly relevant, really entertaining and well worth reading with a coffee on a rainy day (I say this as rain is going to soon be the most common type of weather in the UK – thanks climate change). Please comment your own thoughts on this book and share if possible.
To learn more about Joanne Harris’ books, visit her author website.
For another of my book review posts, check out my thoughts on Three Wishes by Australian author Liane Moriarty.
If you have Kindle Unlimited, perhaps you would like to check out my original short stories. I would appreciate some reads to celebrate the fourth birthday of my book Short Dates. Thank you so much for checking out my bookish blog,
13 thoughts on “Blackberry Wine – Book Review”
I’m glad you seemed to enjoy this book. I think you’ve helped me identify a genre I don’t think I’d like. It feels a little too much like a slice of life genre for me
I enjoy books set in France and this one sounds like one I’d like to read. Have a wonderful weekend Jamie.
This book sounds very interesting I may have to consider on getting. Great blog post
Thanks. Yes it is clever.
Great review! I love the sound of this one. I really like contemporary fiction, especially when there’s a little drama that keeps you hooked. Thank you for sharing x
This is interesting story and interesting that is in France. Not many stories happen there that I read.
It is brilliant.
Wow… what an interesting book to read. You make me want to read this book as well. Thank you for sharing.
You should have a read.
This sounds like such an intriguing book! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review Jamie!
Thanks for sharing your book review!
Thanks for reading it.