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(Brothers of the Vine #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A vineyard, a family in pain, and the healing magic of cupcakes...

Amy Jenkins, a talented and ambitious chef, is left humiliated and debt-ridden, after her city restaurant fails. When her best friend calls asking for help in her small town cupcake shop, Amy jumps at the chance to hide out in the small town of Alpine Ridge while her shattered ego mends.

The youngest Mathews
ebook, 250 pages
Published January 20th 2018 by Escape Publishing
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I’m going to admit I jumped on reading this book for review because the synopsis caught my eye and because it was a series that revolved around a family. Jacquie Underdown is a new to me author and her work shows promise. Bittersweet is an emotional story from start to finish with a whole lot of ups and downs and while there is a romance that blossoms, there are a lot of other relationships and complications that encroach on this couples happiness. At times this book almost seemed too heavy for
This is a really fantastic romance. It's very sweet and sentimental feeling as it really revolves around a family. There is a great deal of emotion in this one. It's not a funny book. It's an emotional and moving story. This is one that definitely made me cry ... ok, it made me sob. But, in a good way - in that way that a beautiful and moving story will tug at your heartstrings. Jacquie Underdown has written such a wonderful book that I highly recommend. It's not a fun or raunchy romance ... ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an emotional read. It's also a tough read due to the plot and the characters inside this story.
I don't want to give too much background to ruin the story but I can tell you, your emotions will run the full range reading this.
First, it's extremely well written. There are a couple places where this skipped but in real life this also happens. We're talking living breathing people. The brothers in this book were not only larger than life, they came right off the pages. The emotions and
Lily Malone
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I was pre-warned by reviewers whose opinions I value, that reading Bittersweet would require me having a tissue box close to hand... The blurb also mentions a 'tragedy' so it's not as if I should be surprised when tragedy happens... but bloody hell!, when tragedy struck, I really wasn't expecting it.
I was thinking, given the usually sweet and tender Australian rural romance genre, the tragedy would be something such as a flood or a fire that ruined a vineyard, or destroyed a bridge or a
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such an emotional, moving and beautiful story, I could barely put it down once I picked it up and did have a very late night last night, yes there were tears (still are thinking about this one) but there was joy and happiness, as we get to know Amy Jenkins and Tom Matthews and the Matthew’s family in a fabulous setting on a vineyard in the Victorian countryside.

Amy Jenkins is a chef making the best pastries and deserts, she has worked with the best around the world but when her own
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gosh this was an emotional read! Amy Jenkins moves to Alpine Ridge, minding her best friend Rachel's cupcake shop. Poor Amy, she's licking her wounds. Her restaurant has gone belly up after a vindictive, unending assault by a jealous rival, and she has a mountain of debt. Cooking cupcakes for a while helps ease her soul, but there seems to be no easy way to rise above her crippling failures. Inevitably Amy gets reacquainted with Rachel's brother-in-law, Tom, also feeling inadequate and never ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be warned that you will be crying or tearing up throughout the book. All the characters in the book do so why shouldn’t the reader? I don’t want to give away the plot so I won’t provide spoilers. Let’s just say that the title, “Bittersweet,” is perfectly applicable. Among bitter pain much sweetness happens.

This is the start of a series about three brothers. The youngest, Tom, is the hero in this book and he’s just too wonderful. He’s caring and sensitive, but also tough with layers to his
Sonia Stanizzo
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow... this book was so emotional. It had me reaching for the tissues. What a great read. Looking forward to reading what the next Mathews brother gets up to.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was an emotional read but an inspiring story of how people deal with life's struggles and how they come together to help each other in times of need. It is the story of the loss of hopes and dreams and of moving on and making new ones and of healing. The characters were all relatable and well written, I travelled with them through their highs and lows. I very much enjoyed the relationship between Tom and Amy and the way they supported each other. Definitely ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3,5/5 Stars

Reading the blurb, my expectations were quite high for this book. I thought Amy and Tom's story would grab me and keep me captivated.

At first it did, I enjoyed it a lot and couldn't wait for more but unfortunately it lost me at times. I didn't felt as much for the characters as I thought I would. Tom was great with Amy and she gave it back to him. Her strength and her determination to honor her best friend's wishes was really sweet. And Tom's will to finally be recognized and
Micky Cox
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet new series set in a quaint small town in Australia outside of Melbourne. Great character development with depth of personality that really enhanced the storyline of the romance. Be prepared with a box of tissues though as this one is a tear jerker! Love, life, heartache, heartbreak, death, birth and so much more are wrapped into this romance that it will definitely keep you involved in the story of each character and how each character's story wraps around the next character. I'm quite ...more
Tania Lawson
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet books. The love, sadness, just everything was so sweet. Amy has some hard life experiences to get past while trying to live the life she thought she always dreamed of. Now to get her life back together and learn she can find love at the same time. Oh I just loved this book.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The friendships and relationships between the characters is something to envy. There are parts that are heartbreaking and bring you to tears. I look forward to seeing where this series goes.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The opening chapter of this book is such a teaser....I too was wondering ‘how did it get to this point?’

The story then takes us back to 4 months earlier. Amy has a failed restaurant venture, which sees her able to help out her friend Rachel with her small cupcake business in Alpine Ridge, while Rachel is in hospital with pre eclampsia.
Rachel’s husband Mitch runs the family winery business with his two brothers, although the youngest Tom, has always been resentful of being expected to do it.
Jeanne Grace
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion of the book. Its a book about fighting your demons and finding love in the process. I really enjoyed this story of overcoming obstacles put in front of you. Amy must close her restaurant due to financial reasons and a mountain of debt. She goes to help her best friend out during a difficult pregnancy and ends of being thrown together with Tom. Tom is underappreciated by his brothers in the family business and has his ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a super sweet romance and you are going to need the tissues for this emotional read that pulled me right in it was so well written with super characters that you cannot help but like.Amy is a chef but when her business goes bust she goes to help her best friend Rachel keep her cupcake shop running and this is where she meets Tom Rachels brother in law the chemistry between them is really strong and they decided to do a no-strings fling but it's not long before feeling start to develop ...more
Becky Wise
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pulls at your heart strings beautiful. Oh the emotions that come along while reading Bittersweet. You're heart just gets pulled in so many directions. You just want to hug on Amy and the entire Mathews family. I love Tom and Amy. The fight to give their relationship a try is beautiful once everything settles. Amy is meant to be in Alpine Ridge. This family needs someone strong coming in after everything and Amy seems to be the right fit. Once she sees that that's her place to start over the book ...more
Stella Thompson
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an emotional ride! I would call this more women’s fiction vs. A romance although there was the romantic element involved. This is the story of family and all the roller-coaster life throws to everyone over time. Be prepared to ugly cry!!

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A beautifully written small town, heart wrenching romance, with characters that sucked me in from the very first page. I loved every moment, even the constant cupcake cravings! I can’t wait to read the next 2 books in the series.
M.T. Ellis
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I don't normally read romance but Bittersweet was great! It was fast-paced and kept me turning those pages to find out what happens next.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sappy but a good vacation read, and I love a series.
E-Reader Addict
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
The great thing about NetGalley is free books! And discovering new authors! The downside is you don’t get to preview a book before requesting it, and since my part of the deal in receiving a free book is that I provide a review, I get through every book (unless it’s really, really bad). Thankfully, Bittersweet wasn’t really, really bad. But it wasn’t exactly good either.

Amy Jenkins has recently lost her life’s dream when she had to close the restaurant she’d opened. At the same time, her best
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. If I am being honest, if I had not been given this copy I would have bailed after the first chapter. The writing seemed full of laborious sentences a high school student would construct. I persevered and despite the writing style and disjointed narrative I did become involved in the story and was able to finish it. The plot was interesting but I just felt it was poorly executed in so many ways. One of the characters has a very sudden change of ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Jacquie Underdown.
What I liked:
The writing style
The characters
Part of a series: Brothers of the Vine

You might need some tissue....
I look forward to reading more from this author.
I voluntarily received an ARC from NetGalley.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I am not one to cry, but this book had me in tears!
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Jacquie lives in Central Queensland, Australia, where it's always hot and humidity constantly coats the skin, summer or winter.

After her profession as an accountant almost killed her (with mind-numbing boredom), she is on permanent hiatus.

She now spends her time wrapped up in her imagination, creating characters, exploring alternative realities, and falling in love with a host of mouth-watering

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Brothers of the Vine (3 books)
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