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Come Pour the Wine

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  132 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In her latest bestseller, Cynthia Freeman delineates the insightful and moving story of Janet Stevens. As a native teenager from Kansas she comes to New York in search of fame and fortune. The pursuit of her dream leads her into marriage, motherhood, a heart-rending seperation and then divorce. At the age of forty five, she meets a man who not only gives her a renewed sens ...more
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Published February 27th 1986 by Piatkus (first published 1980)
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Cathleen
Jan 10, 2014 Cathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Come Pour the Wine" by Cynthia Freeman was provided to me by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Since I haven't read a book written by this author previously, I had no expectations as to what to expect with a Cynthia Freeman novel.

The story starts out with a very young Janet Stevens who moves to New York to become a Model. Janet very quickly becomes well known in the modeling world, but feels something is lacking in her life. She meets a wonderful Jewish woman, Fayge
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Maria
Dec 14, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
Come Pour the Wine is a romance novel that follows Janet through her new life in New York and how she finds love. The story is told in third in person through a few characters, but mainly Janet. When the story begins (in the 1950s), Janet is a young girl who leaves her family in Kansas to pursue a modeling career in New York. With a rough start, Janet soon finds some friends and connections to home. Not long after, she meets Bill through a mutual friend, and falls head over heels in love. Howeve ...more
Debbie
Jan 01, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Cynthia Freeman is such a refreshing storyteller to me. Her stories,at least the two I've read so far are of historical places and the characters are so well versed in their roles that the reader very much feels a part of the magic she weaves. The imagery is flawless and the cities and places so real I almost feel teleported back in time. A simpler time. Bill McNeil was a happy single guy living it up in the 50`s until he met her. The girl who stole his heart before he even realized it. Janet ca ...more
Kim
Aug 15, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Very touching. Cynthia Freeman is no longer with us. Her writing inspired me to read more in the early 80's when my life was so crazy with my career, children and commute. Thank you Freeman for the joy that you brought me when nothing else could.
Mandy
Jan 14, 2014 Mandy rated it it was ok
Cynthia Freeman’s romantic saga tells the story of Janet Stevens, from her arrival in New York at age 19 and a glamorous career as a model right through to middle age and the trials and tribulations of marriage and family. It’s a straightforward linear narrative that is unfortunately predictable and much like a Mills and Boon romance novel. There is little character development, although Janet herself is a relatively empathetic protagonist. However her husband Bill is both unlikeable and stereot ...more
P.e. lolo
Feb 05, 2014 P.e. lolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a young girl who leaves Kansas, and goes to Manhattan to try to become a fashion model. In the very beginning of the story she is befriended by a Jewish lady in the garment district and they become friends while she also is becoming a model. After a while her friends are selling there store and moving to Florida. She is sad over this and some of her model friends take her to a few parties. At one of these parties she meets a man by the name of Bill McNeil. They get married an ...more
Julian Froment
I enjoyed this book, up to a point. The story, rather than simply being a straightforward romance seemed to develop into a story about second chances. I gave it three stars because of, amongst other things, what I felt was needless wordiness, making it difficult for me to fully engage with it. I wasn’t quite sure where this book was going, since it got to about the mid-point, and in my mind I was already expecting it to end.

I found it difficult to identify with one of the main characters, Bill.
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Ionia
Dec 27, 2013 Ionia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really have to put this one in the wanted to love it but it fell short and could have said so much in many less words categories.

The story itself is not bad. It is more or less about a young woman with big ideas in her head who moves to New York to live out her fairy tale as a high fashion model and then finds that everything is not as she dreamed it would be. I have seen similar stories before, but this one really did a good job of exploring how our goals and dreams change as we age and beco
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Julie


Come Pour the wine is 2013 re-issue published by Open Road Integrated Media. Originally published in the 1980's, I believe, this is historical/ contemporary romance is a portrait of a woman that begins her adult life as a naïve girl from Kansas arriving in New York to embark on an exciting new life, to her marriage, children, suburban life, to finding herself stunned in midlife by changes she didn't want and having to come to terms with those changes and learn to live, really live and be happy a
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Julie
Come Pour the wine is 2013 re-issue published by Open Road Integrated Media. Originally published in the 1980's, I believe, this is historical/ contemporary romance is a portrait of a woman that begins her adult life as a naïve girl from Kansas arriving in New York to embark on an exciting new life, to her marriage, children, suburban life, to finding herself stunned in midlife by changes she didn't want and having to come to terms with those changes and learn to live, really live and be happy a ...more
NomdePlumePress
Come Pour the Wine, by Cynthia Freeman, was published in 1980, when it was a bestseller. I was intrigued by the summary, but now I’m not quite sure why. A girl from the Midwest becomes a high-fashion model becomes a suburban housewife. Not exactly titillating, that third step.

Janet Stevens should be thrilled that she’s got a successful career as a high-fashion model in 1950s New York City. Who wouldn’t be? The glamour, the money, the lifestyle a million times removed from that of the Wichita cou
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Felicity Gibson
Come Pour the Wine is a re-issue of one of Cynthia Freeman’s books published in the 1980’s. It is a romance about a woman, who arrives in the big city from Kansas to embark on an exciting new life. The plot is about her marriage, children and suburban life. In the middle of her married life, Janet, the main character, finds herself facing challenges with her marriage. Both husband and wife go through frightening changes, and Bill, her husband makes the choice of freedom. Janet changes and rises ...more
Peggy Schuster
Oct 30, 2014 Peggy Schuster rated it it was ok
I was given this book by Denise DeGroat when it first came out. I remember it as having some pretty racey stuff in it...my first romance novel. It willbe interesting to see how I view it 30-some years later! Okay, it's 30 years later and I don't see how this is any different than a Harlequin romance. How did this become a NY Times best seller?
Jessiaca Evans
Jun 13, 2014 Jessiaca Evans rated it liked it
Cynthia Freeman has an interesting way of writing. Although her novels are good, I find a lot of redundancy in them. I can say this because I've seen it right down to the wording! She uses a lot of the same phrases, words, and situations in her books. Very boring very Danielle still like.
Barb
Nov 08, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
I read this book many years ago but still remember it so it must have had some impact on me. 4 stars may be a bit generous and it also may have resonated because of the time of life. There was a time when I read quite a bit of Cynthia Freeman.
Suze
Dec 04, 2014 Suze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
COME POUR THE WINE

Good book, it encompasses the years between the 1950's and 1980's. It's a pretty predictable story, but good all the same.
Allison
Mar 30, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
I was disappointed with Come Pour The Wine - I thought it was a bad storyline with a predictable ending and nothing like the other books I read by this author. Usually she has some kind of Jewish theme running through her books but this one only hinted at it, was totally forgotten throughout the middle, and thrown back into the end which didn't feel natural. All in all, I was discouraged from reading more of her books but I bought them all on Amazon.com for $.01 each, so I guess I'll just take a ...more
Veronica Harris
Jan 23, 2016 Veronica Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(B)
Kari
Jan 01, 2014 Kari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I didn't like the characters and the writing was too out dated for me. I found myself putting it down too frequently to try to finish.
Linda
Aug 31, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
A 20-year marriage ends in divorce.
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Beatrice Cynthia Freeman(January 10, 1915 - October 22, 1988), pseudonym of Bea Feinberg,[1]was anAmericannovelist. She was born inNew York City, where, as a young girl, she began writing books but abandoned writing to pursue a career running aninterior decorationbusiness. When poor health forced her to give up her business, she decided to dust off an old manuscript from childhood but discovered t ...more
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