STRAWBERRY WINE – Darly Jamison
Lakeside and Atlanta, Georgia, 10 Years Ago and the Present
It was Addison Monroe's eighteenth year and the summer before her last year in high school when she first fell in love. Jake Grady came from Houston, where he attended university, to work for the summer on the Monroe family farm. Addy's large family—grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles and cousins—is a close and loving one. She has always been especially close to her big-hearted grandmother, lovingly called Mags, who imparted wisdom to Addy . . . who was going to need lots of comfort and advice in the weeks to come. Too bad Addy failed to heed Mags when it came close to the time Jake was needing to return to Houston.
Ten years later, Addy is a Nurse Practitioner working in an Atlanta hospital. She's newly engaged to one of the doctors and plans to take him home to meet the family. What should have been a happy time—it started out so—but then calamity happened. To complicate matters, her Christopher was called to a patient's bedside, and Jake returned to town.
Author Darly Jamison began writing young adult books and that's reflected in part one of STRAWBERRY WINE and very well done, by the way. Addy is a believable teen still unsure of herself; Jake is a couple years older, all any girl would want. He's drawn to Addy, and very tender and careful of her. Part two puts Ms. Jamison's debut in the larger cotemporary romance genre. It's full of well-developed characters, as well as suspense and emotion that will entrance readers.