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(Fredrickson Winery #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,155 ratings  ·  200 reviews
A Minneapolis attorney inherits a small California winery, reawakening memories that have lain dormant for twenty years. One summer of her childhood is a mystery she intends to solve. But digging up her past also lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother’s. Entangled between what she once believed and a new reality, will she be able to live with the consequen ...more
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published September 6th 2010 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Barbara Brink
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Entangled is mystery, romance, mother/daughter issues, and repressed memories, all fermenting at a California winery. Where else can you get a great vintage for so little!
Taste and enjoy!

Available as an ebook or paperback. Hope you'll check it out.

Nike Chillemi
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes long past memories are like ghosts coming back to haunt us.

Minneapolis divorce attorney, Wilhelmina "Billie" Fredrickson, inherits her adventurer uncle's Californian winery. She's determined not to leave her present life by moving to the left coast. She's merely going to attend to all the legal details and then put the winery on the market. She soon begins having the reoccurring nightmares she used to have as a girl after a boy in her high school attempted to rape her at a drunken part
SUMMARY: A Minneapolis attorney inherits a small California winery, reawakening memories that have lain dormant for twenty years. One summer of her childhood is a mystery she intends to solve. But digging up her past also lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother’s. Entangled between what she once believed and a new reality, will she be able to live with the consequences of full disclosure?

REVIEW: This is the first book in Brink's Frederickson Winery Series. I love books set in win
Oct 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, forpleasure

The cover is kind of dark, so I'm not fond of it, but it does show that there is some darkness to this suspenseful novel. However, a light shining through the grape leaves would have depicted the heart of the story more, because the light from discovering the truth casts away the darkness and provides healing. While this story had its terrifying moments, it left me feeling good at the end because of the resolution and healing message that was (thank God) not sappy or forced. I loved that. Quite
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
What an absolute jumbled mess. There is a possibility that this would have made an adequate short story, but somewhere along the way, Barbara Ellen Brink was told to add a little here and a little more there and we will call it a book.

A very bad idea.

Ms. Brink will add long meanderings that add absolutely nothing to the story. Her main character arrives as a wine novice and then suddenly waxes on about wines with no training, skill or gained knowledge and poof she is a winemaker. No. If you are
Dava Stewart
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I may be giving this one an extra star just because it's way better than the book I read right before this one. It did keep me interested, but there are some problems:

-the regular old typos that show up so frequently in ebooks - in one paragraph the word "winery's" was used when it should have been "wineries" twice, but then it was correct the third time. There were actually quite a few apostrophe errors. When those kinds of things occur often enough to detract from the story, it's a problem.

Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Twenty-eight-year-old attorney Billie Fredrickson is shocked to learn that she’s inherited her Uncle Jack’s winery in the Napa Valley. Billie only met Jack once and that was twenty years ago during a family vacation. She doesn’t have any clear memories of the winery or Jack, but when she returns for his funeral, Billie has recurring nightmares she thought she’d put behind her. Why have the nightmares returned, and why are winery employees, including its handsome lawyer, reluctant to answer some ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book had the potential of being really good, but I found it boring because it was so predictable with monotonous discriptive dialogue. I had the mystery figured out almost right away.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-reads
Started the book as a lazy plane reading but eventually liked the story of middle aged woman revisiting and tackling her past demons on a California winery. Downsides lack of character depth and store pace could have been better along with more imagery of vineyards and California landscape.
Glynis Smy
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am not a huge fan of prologues. They have to have a great hook to draw me into them. I skip to the first chapter. Entangled has a wonderful prologue. It drew me in, I wanted to know more.

For years I’ve had nightmares. They started when I was fifteen--after the night Paul
attacked me and tried to rape me. I dream of wine, and blood, and a desperate struggle.

The nightmares relating to the attack and blood, I thought, yes I would have those dreams. Wine? I had to read more to find out why someone
R.G. Phelps
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
What is the whole story about Billie's inheritance?

Barbara Brink's storyline seemed so simple at the beginning when her main character Billie inherited the Fredrickson Winery. But, it took awhile for the memories of Billie's visit to the winery when she was eight to come totally back to her. All of her memories of another eight year old, Handy, also took time to unfold. Barbara's book, Entangled, was appropriately titled as you will soon see as your reading progresses. I was certain I'd solved t
Romancing the Book
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Review by Zita

Synopsis: Minneapolis attorney inherits a small California winery, reawakening memories that have lain dormant for twenty years. One summer of her childhood is a mystery she intends to solve. But digging up her past also lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother’s. Entangled between what she once believed and a new reality, will she be able to live with the consequences of full disclosure?

I very much enjoyed this mystery. It was easy to engage with the main protagonis
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Entangled (Barbara Brink)

An attorney from Minnesota (Billie) learns she inherited a winery from her recently deceased uncle, so she goes to California to try and settle the estate.

Soon she is reunited with people from her past, also with nightmares of an unmentionable event that happens there when she was a child. As she struggles to figure out what her nightmare means, she starts to unravel family secrets.

There is a love/hate relationship with her mother and a potential romance w
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
A good thriller/mystery. Well worth reading and I will be looking for the next book about the Fredrickson Winery.

A few things about the relationship between Jack, Sean Parker, Simone, and her husband didn't add up if you think about them carefully, but if you don't, the plot works pretty well. This lack of clear explanation kept me from enjoying the story as much as I would have otherwise.

The author also made a one-time mistake with Handel's car that had me wondering for a while how many he owne
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Mystery with a little romance set in Wine Country. Divorce attorney Wilhelmina (Billie) Fredrickson inherits a winery from her uncle and leaves Minnesota to settle the details in California. Something happened there the summer Billie was eight and she has repressed the memories but they start to come back as she begins to dig up the past. I got this book free on Kindle and enjoyed it--good plot and characters got me involved and it had some good twists and suspense, and really, who doesn't secre ...more
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading "Entangled" I certainly did not excpect the quailty of reading that i got, for free on my kindle. This book was really just a great book, dark and twisted but romantic and almost fairytale like. The setting of a vinyard just made it ever so spectacular for both sides, creepy and sweet. Brabra Ellen Brink is a fabulous writer, and because of this book, she has a reader for life.
A.K. Klemm
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brink sucked me in slowly, over many pages and layers upon layers of mystery. Well done.

I’ll be picking grapes tomorrow. Maybe even having some wine later in the season. For sure, I’ll be reading Crushed (book two in the Fredrickson Winery Saga) in the future. There’s too many secrets at Fredrickson not to go back.

Read my full review here:
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A woman with a complicated past inherits a vineyard in California. I had a suspicion from the cover art what the root of the story was about--and the story makes it obvious to the reader what happened in her childhood. However, there is more to this novel than that. I liked the main characters and I liked seeing their relationships with each other--not simple at all.
Lori Staples
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Entangled was a good read full of suspense, mystery, psychological issues and a genuine love story. I enjoyed it, but would have appreciated some deeper character development- it was as we always stayed just under the surface. Overall entertaining and enjoyable!
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It was a lot different than I expected. The mystery/thriller part didn't really start until the last quarter. It's much more of a family relationship drama up to that point. The main character can be annoying, but comes across as realistic.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and fun read. Considering the topic of child abuse, I really enjoyed this novel. I loved how the author really painted a clear picture of the world she created with such detail, it seemed like you were there. Highly recommended.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018

Maybe it was just me, but it felt like the book wanted to be grittier than it was, but not too gritty, so it completely glossed over anything too gritty.

I'm not saying it had to be gritty, or should have been grittier... It's just that it came across as confused to me.

As for the plot, it was a good idea, but didn't quite make it IMO. There was lots of 'convenient' flying around. Everything seemed a bit distant somehow, like I couldn't really imagine the characters handling something that wa
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like to read first books from author's series to see if I want to continue. I did really like this one . I loved the setting in the California wine country. I also loved the author's use of language and imagery. Her descriptions were vivid and believable. You could just imagine looking out over the vineyard with her as she described it. The story line was well planned and kept you guessing to the end. I will definitely look for more by this author.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entangled was a pretty good book. It took a bit to get into it, though, and there were a few minor editing issues throughout. I was quite surprised at half of the outcome, but had long before guessed the other half. It is the first in a series of books, but I don’t know if I’ll bother to read the others. This one can totally stand on its own as a complete story. I recommend reading Entangled to fans of women’s fiction.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Newsletter freebie . Great book. I got interested and it kept me guessing. I love the descriptions and I could almost feel and smell the grape vineyards. Jack Fredrickson left his winery 🍷to his niece. He only saw her for a few weeks when she was eight years old. Billie realized that some of the employees resented her and perhaps had a better claim to the 🍷winery than she did. However, her headaches and nightmares returned full blown. Did something happen on the visit that summer?
Hendrix Eva
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Daddy issues, suppressed trauma, and romance. Hurrah for seeing a therapist! The male romantic lead was definitely the only reason I kept reading. The depiction of a close mother-daughter relationship and strong, supportive female coworker were also good, just not executed with enough depth to endear.

Top Quote:

"I find your rejection of me appealing in a strange way."
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable wine country mystery! Billie inherited a winery from her uncle - she hadn't been to the winery or seen her uncle since she was a child. She stuggles with hidden demons which took root during the time she was at the winery as a child. Billie rekindles a childhood friendship wth Handy. Twists in the plot, some romance... I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Kathleen Quinn
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting Novel

A young female lawyer inherits a winery from her uncle. This leads to confronting the truth about her uncle and father. The book was disturbing and I won't be reading this author again!
janice mcdonald
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boards ...the smell, the process, the money!

This is a novel a sleepover would like. Although it did not go into the process , it certainly did a good job of creating a good mystery.

Elvira D Ryan
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good mystery.

The ending was a surprise. I should have known that it wouldn’t be that easy. I did suspect Charlie , but I never saw what was coming.
I liked the characters as well .They were real people.
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Barbara is a multi-published author of mystery, suspense, and young adult. Her Fredrickson Winery Novels have been on the best-seller lists multiple times, and her Christian thriller, Split Sense, won the Grace Award in 2012. Again in 2016, she won the Grace Award with the 3rd book of her Double Barrel Mysteries, Much Ado About Murder.
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