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Fruit of the Vine (Paperback) tagged "bestsellers" 5 times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful: 5.0 out of 5 stars Dry wit and drinkable now! Fruit of the Vine is a fine vintage!, April 19, 2011 This review is from: Fruit of the Vine (Paperback) Beautifully written. Caustically funny. A story of class, love and struggle in one wine soaked town in upstate New York. Find yourself a comfortable chair, pour yourself a glass and get to know the quirky characters of this small town. Fruit of the Vine will be my book club's favorite book of the summer and should be on your list too. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? 

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: 4.0 out of 5 stars A deep understanding of upstate NY culture, April 25, 2011 This review is from: Fruit of the Vine (Paperback) The depth that this book gets into to describe the land and the people that inhabit it and work it is very carefully crafted. A unique picture of the area emerges as the main character finally grows to understand what motivates him. The depth of character development is one that happens slowly, like the ripening of of a fine grape for wine, but it certainly keeps the reader engaged. It is a good read, a mystery wrapped in a coming-of-age tale. Savor it! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? 

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: 2.0 out of 5 stars Over descriptive, July 11, 2011 This review is from: Fruit of the Vine (Paperback) Jemison "Jem" Loud is a vineyard worker in Sawhorn, New York. After the death of his father, Jem inherits the Loud farm which is on a historical piece of land. He also discovers something about his family history that he never knew before. But that is not the end of it. Joe Silla, a newcomer to the town, is determined to get Jem's land at all costs and have it developed. Jem likes his childhood friend, Laura, but he knows she has a boyfriend. To further complicate matters, Joe Silla is Laura's brother-in-law. At the end of it all, Jem must learn to make wise decisions that will determine his future.

I lost interest in Fruit of the Vine after reading less than a quarter of it. The story contained many descriptions and, while that was good, it became extreme to the point of being over-descriptive. Some parts of the story were also over-explanatory and I quickly lost focus on the main story gist. In addition, I thought that the story needed more colorful characters.

But despite all that, I enjoyed the way Cynthia Kolko fit in the surprises. Surprises always happen to me, and I always enjoy reading about surprises in a book because that is something I can relate to. In Fruit of the Vine, just as the story was becoming mundane and bland, a surprise would spring up and that would hold the reader's attention just until the next surprising event in the story. Lessons are also to be learned from characters such as Joe Silla. Lessons such as you can't always get what you want and what you do to others will eventually be done to you.

Overall, while Fruit of the Vine isn't a book I would re-read, it might possibly make a good read for those wanting a more laid-back and relaxing story. There isn't much in it to excite a reader and that will make a good, different change for anyone wanting to take a break from reading thrillers and other heart-racing books. I'd recommend it to those looking for such a book.

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