Blackberry Wine - INT'L BOOKRING
14 journalers for this copy...
Fans of Chocolat (either the book or the movie) will love this novel by the same author, at least I did. I've decided to set this up as an international bookring to see what my fellow BookCrossers think of it.
Sending in the mail today to BOKWORMY
Journal Entry 3
on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Thanks Cinnamon-Girl just received it in the mail *-)
Just finished it and sending it to the next person on the list "rosiewhippet".
Once again thanks Cinnamon-Gril it was a great book!
Received this in the post today. Have started another Ring a couple of days ago, won't take me long as it is not very long; but will certainly get round to it in the next week.
Thanks for this one Cinnamon-Girl
Really enjoyed this book. Was a very sweet and warming story, with a lovely happy ending. Thank you for including me in this ring. I really enjoyed this book.
Will forward as soon as I have jillbe 's address.
Will be forwarding as part of the 2006 Keep them Moving Challenge
Journal Entry 6
-- Controlled Release in Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom on Saturday, June 24, 2006
Released 14 yrs ago (6/24/2006 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom
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Sending 2nd class. From the post office this morning.
Hope you enjoy the book.
Just received from rosiewhippet. Looking forward to reading it, as I have just finished my last bookring, book. Will make another JE when I have finished this one.
I enjoyed reading this story very much, and agree with all the other comments. Now sending onto Jaycee1972. Thanks to Cinnamon-Girl for suggesting this for a bookring.
Received today in the post. Thanks. I am looking forward to this one and I will hopefully get it moving again soon as I only have 1 other ring at the moment.
While I enjoyed this book, I did not like it as much as Chocolat and found that I could get distracted while reading it and not pick it up for a couple of days at a time which isn't like me. It actually took a couple of weeks to get through. It is quite a restful book which you can dip in and out of easily though and is nicely written. I am glad I have had the chance to read it. Thanks Cinnamon-girl for sharing. I will pm the next person for their address.
Edit 11/09 - Posted today surface mail. Sorry for the delay.
I'd forgotten all about this ring so it was a nice surprise in my mailbox today THANX!
What a charming book. The characters really stepped off the page and the story was much more involving than I expected. Thankyou for sharing Cinnamon-Girl.
I already have Brookler's address so this will be in the post tomorrow.
On its way to Brookler - enjoy!
Arrived today in the mail. Thanks very much.
I enjoyed this book so much! The story drew me in completely, so that I could hardly put it down. Two plots alternate: the present (set in 1999) and the past (set in the mid to late 1970's). I found both plots to be equally engrossing.
The characters are all very real and the story has just the right trace of whimsy.
I loved all the horticultural info and garden lore!
In fact, I just have to add this book to my Wishlist! Thanks again for a wonderful read!
Mailed today to randomelement. Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this book. I will be passing it on very soon.
Thanks-I just received it and it will be what I read next! Looks great!
Loved the agriculture tips, the mystical qualities, and the vivid characters. I wish I knew Joe--I could use his advice! It wasn't the little masterpiece that Chocolat was, but I loved it! It will be off to the next participant early this week.
Book arrived safely in Modesto, CA.
I've started reading it right away and so far I am enjoying it.
While this book didn't draw me in as fast and deep as Chocolat
did, I really enjoyed reading it with the two time periods side-by-side. I loved the way Jay grew once he was away from England. You could feel how free he was. He was living his dream. I liked it that there were a couple of characters from Chocolat
in the story. And the descriptions of the wines..... I could almost smell and taste them. Makes me wish my little garden was larger. I'm already trying to find ways to cram in just a little more each year. Guess I'll have to move..... not.
Thanks for letting me join this bookring. I've PM'd the next in line.
6/1/07 - mailed today to geniedances.
The book has arrived safe and sound in my P.O. BOX.
Jay Mackintosh spent three of the best summers in his boyhood helping "Jackapple" Joe Cox in a garden filled with fruit trees, flowers, vegetables and a variety of herbs. He learned about plants, animals, travel and folklore from Joe. During the fall he decides to leaves school and pay Joe an unexpected visit. He finds the old man's property abandoned and no sign of Joe. Disillusioned, Jay returns to school in London and eventually becomes a writer.
Years later, during a bout with writer's block, Jay comes across a notice of a farm house in a small French village for sale. The house reminds him of one Joedescribed. Sight unseen, Jay buys the house, leaves his hectic life in London behind and moves to the French village of Lansquenet. Initially, he hopes a quiet life will solve the writer's block and plans to concentrate on writing a new novel; his first in 10 years. Plans change suddenly when he feels the spirit of Joe calling him to renew his ties to the land. All of a sudden his writing takes a backseat to what he discovers to be more important endeavors.
I enjoyed the book! Its a nice, quick read. Thanks to Cinnamon-Girl for sharing it with us.
Arrived safe & sound in Iowa. I've got my current read to finish up and this one is next on TBR.
Unlike some of the previous posters, I enjoyed this book much more than Chocolat. Maybe it was because I thought these characters were more believable, or I felt I could relate to them better, or... something. In any case, it was a great story and I hated to set the book down, even for a minute. The writing was very descriptive without being too "wordy." And I also loved the gardening hints and tips throughout. (But I'm still not entirely sure what a "cold frame" is.)
Thanks so much for letting me participate in this book's journey. It will be on its way as soon as I get an address from the next reader.
Journal Entry 26
USPS in to a fellow bookcrosser, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Released 13 yrs ago (7/25/2007 UTC) at USPS in to a fellow bookcrosser, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases
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Mailed out to Zoraima this afternoon. Enjoy!
Journal Entry 27
on Saturday, July 28, 2007
The book arrived today in the mail! Thanks!
Journal Entry 28
on Friday, September 21, 2007
Sending it out today to Valerie in NY. Sadly, I did not get to it, but didn't want to hold the ring up any longer!
Always love finding bookrings in my mail, especially when I haven't been home as much. Have enjoyed Joanne Harris' previous work, so looking forward to reading this and sending it back to Cinnamon-Girl...
Journal Entry 30
By Mail in send to a fellow bookcrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, July 05, 2008
Released 12 yrs ago (7/6/2008 UTC) at By Mail in send to a fellow bookcrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I thought this had some of the French country charm of Chocolat, but I felt that the 1999 section moved very slowly. The bits about astral travel and the noisy bottles of wine seemed a bit like the magical realism popular in Latin American fiction. To concur with many, Chocolat is still my favorite, but this was quite cute.
This is going back home to Cinammon-Girl. Thanks for the ring!
This book has arrived safely back home and I plan to wild release so some lucky reader will discover the traveling this book has already done.
Thanks to all who joined the ring and helped this book along! I appreciated your comments and am glad you enjoyed it.