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The Vineyard by Michael Hurley

Disclosure; I received a paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, through Beck Valley Book Tours! However, all opinions are my own.


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.


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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 Review

Here are my thoughts;

Michael Hurley did a wonderful job with this book! Reading The Vineyard has made me want to read his first book, The Prodigal! After reading this one, I can understand why he has won awards for his writing & books! His writing is so vivid and realistic. This is not a book that I would pass down for Michael to read because there are some adult situations that he just doesn’t need to be introduced to just yet (He is only 8.) However, I will be loaning this book to my mom, who I believe I got my love of reading from! The book is a good read with a great story line that will make you root for the ladies in the book! Like Mysteries? Check this book out!!


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 really enjoying this one myself at the moment, has my brain ticking away xx
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