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Amelia O’Sullivan is a photographer who has always viewed herself through the wrong lens. When her marriage publicly crashes around her, she flees to the safety of her aunt’s country property to pick up the pieces. Can she adjust her focus to what she really wants from her life?
Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Frederick Doyle may seem like a man who has it all, but behind the scenes, a bitter business feud threatens an irrevocable family split. As he fights for control of the winery he’d built from the ground up, he finds a supportive ally in Amelia and becomes increasingly beguiled by her creative spirit.
Jill McMahon is a successful novelist suffering from writer’s block over her latest manuscript. Finding her niece, Amelia, at her door, reminds her of the bonds of family, but in seeing Amelia and Frederick’s relationship grow, a long-forgotten and painful secret threatens to re-surface.
Can Amelia, Frederick and Jill untangle themselves from their pasts or will history simply repeat itself?
There are three main characters in this Australian drama story: Jill McMahon is an author and the person who links everyone else in the story. Her niece is Amelia O’Sullivan who seeks sanctuary for herself and her two young children with her aunt after her infamous husband is caught cheating on her and the press descend. Jill’s neighbour is Frederick Doyle; he’s embroiled in a family dispute as his father is determined to sell the winery Frederick has built up to someone he doesn’t trust despite knowing how important it is to Frederick. His father is determined to have his son join the family business . . . .
There are so many threads running through this story, no wonder it is called tangled vines! There are some relating to Amelia’s relationship with her husband and her own anxiety issues. The angst and challenge between Frederick and his father may cause a serious rift in their family unless it can be resolved to their mutual satisfaction. Whilst all this is happening, it is awakening memories for Jill, many of which are painful secrets that would hurt many should they be revealed. The story is cleverly plotted so these threads become interwoven to form a vivid tapestry filled with possibilities. As attraction between Amelia and Frederick grows there are additional distractions, family pressures and so much more. This isn’t ‘just a romance’, this is a saga of the past, working together to support and develop, laughter, love and family in an endearing story which I really enjoyed. I’d not read anything from this author before but I’ll definitely be looking out for more in future and hope there will be more about Frederick’s sisters!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this story without obligation. I chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so.
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Author Bio –
Megan’s stories are about families, intrigue and love. Every book contains a bit of humour and a lot of heart.
Megan lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children, and has a background in public relations and higher education.
She drinks far too much coffee and has an addiction to buying scarves. She interviews with other authors for her blog series, Espresso Tales, and loves a bit of #bookstagram.
Her debut novel, The Things We Leave Unsaid, was released by Crooked Cat Books in 2018. Tangled Vines is her second novel.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my honest opinion after choosing to read the book.