Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Vineyard Review & Giveaway

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A Beautiful Island in New England.

A Time of Healing for Three Women.

A Moment of Destiny for One Man.

From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize, comes a tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other.


I am in love with this book.  I was lucky enough to get to read and review his first book, The Prodigal.  I loved it, too.  Michael Hurley does a wonderful job of writing.  His style is reminiscent of the classics.  In fact, I'm sure his books will become classics.  I totally understand why he has already won awards for his writing.

His writing is so vivid, so realistic.  You will be transported to life on The Vineyard.  Michael Hurley draws you in, and doesn't let you go until the end.  Well, not really, because it will stay with you for a long time to come.  This is a thinking book.  It will have you thinking about so many things including your beliefs.  The book is not about religion and does not represent any specific religion.  Yes, there is a lot of symbolism that seems to be Christian related but is more about how to treat others.

I give this book 5 stars.  It is a book that will stick with you for a long time.  I can not say enough good things about this book or the author.  I will be passing my copy on to my family, especially my kids, on the condition that I get it back.  My children are 25, 22, and 18.  You will want to read this first if you have younger children because there are some adult situations that are not appropriate for all readers.

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“Hurley writes beautifully”

- Kirkus Reviews on The Prodigal

"Hurley's eloquent, hypnotic style will have readers following, unquestioningly,
to the very end." 

-ForeWord Clarion

Book Excerpt from Chapter 10
 Despite the tumultuous beginning of the season and the clouds in Dory’s future, June in Edgartown was as bright as ever, and the three friends took advantage of every minute of it. There were walks down Main Street on sunny afternoons carrying giant, round mounds of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, teetering three-high and dribbling down onto sticky fingers before it was licked gone. There were steamed little neck clams with butter sauce and fresh horseradish, served with gin and tonics on the porch of The Crew House, overlooking the harbor, and the good-looking, Italian waiter who worked there. It became Turner’s mission to see how many times she could get him to use the word “Tanqueray” in a sentence, because she liked the way he said it. There were lazy hours lying on the beach by the lighthouse and meandering hunts for the perfect cockleshell, and double-dog dares to go skinny-dipping after dark that always descended into fully-clothed refusals, recriminations, and false accusations of prudery—the truth, however, being that none of them was eager to expose great white bellies bursting with clams and Tanqueray and mint-chocolate-chip ice cream.

About the Author
Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born in Baltimore in 1958, he studied English at the University of Maryland and law at St. Louis University. Michael's first book, Letters from the Woods, was a collection of essays, self-published in 2005, based on wilderness canoeing expeditions with his children. It was selected as a finalist in the Nature category for ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year award. In 2013 Hachette Book Group published his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, under their Center Street imprint. The Prodigal is his first novel.
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  1. I'm currently reading this now and now exactly want you mean, such a lovely read.