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Blackberry Wine
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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As a boy, writer Jay Mackintosh spent three golden summers in the ramshackle home of "Jackapple Joe" Cox. A lonely child, he found solace in Old Joe's simple wisdom and folk charms. The magic was lost, however, when Joe disappeared without warning one fall. Years later, Jay's life is stalled with regret and ennui. His bestselling novel, Jackapple Joe, was published ten years earlier and he has written nothing since. Impulsively, he decides to leave his urban life in London and, sight unseen, purchases a farmhouse in the remote French village of Lansquenet. There, in that strange and yet strangely familiar place, Jay hopes to re-create the magic of those golden childhood summers. And while the spirit of Joe is calling to him, it is actually a similarly haunted, reclusive woman who will ultimately help Jay find himself again.
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RachelO
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Finally catching up on reviews from the last couple of months - I‘ll be back to my normal erratic posting v soon!

I like Joanne Harris. I don‘t know why I haven‘t read more of her books. I was never quite sure where the story was going, I loved the atmosphere, the smells, the flavours, the gardens... And the 1970s parts felt SO 1970s!

Thank you for sending me this @kathedron - I really enjoyed it, & will make an effort to find more by JH.

RachelO Sorry to bombard you @Velvetfur - this is no. 5 of my #readinggifts2019 6mo
RachelO I‘ve been slacking in my #Booked2019 reviews- this is definitely one for #FoodOrDrinkOnTheCover ! @cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Great pick! 6mo
Cinfhen Nice choice💜 6mo
Velvetfur @RachelO That's OK, you're not bombarding me! I like seeing related posts 😁 6mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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100% true to life!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Quote not from the tagged book but by the author.
#quotsysept18 #read

tammysue 💜😊 1y
JoScho This is a good one 🖤 1y
Cathythoughts Sooo true ❤️ 1y
youneverarrived Very true. 1y
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LiterRohde
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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This post is probably TMI and I wasn‘t even sure I was going to write it. Is it worth telling strangers about your life for a chance at a couple more books? But it‘s not about the books...

For the last decade, I‘ve been in a really dark place. I‘ve never been in what I would consider a really good place, but this time around...I basically stopped living.

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LiterRohde Over a series of years, issues (mental health, physical disability, professional discouragement, divorce) began to pile up until I snapped. I stopped doing everything I love and started doing things I hate. I‘ll be paying for some of those things for the rest of my life. But I‘m slowly coming back. (edited) 2y
LiterRohde Reading and writing is very important to me. I should have never stopped. I feel more like the person I want to be when I read and write. And Litsy has played a large role in encouraging me to continue. It is a positive place that allows me to show and be shown kindness (avoiding most of the opinionated negativity of other social media). It inspires creativity and curiosity. And it reads. Lots and lots of reads. 2y
AndreaReads It must take an incredible amount of strength to go through such hard times and to be able to come out the other side. I‘m so sorry, but so happy for you that things are getting brighter. Thank you for sharing. 💕 This is a wonderfully supportive community, and we‘re happy to have you. 2y
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Bronte_Chintz That was very brave! It‘s hard to come@out the other side of stuff like that, but it‘s good to be open about it and share your story. Litsy is here for you! 2y
TrishB Takes a long time to come back from some of those things you‘ve listed- look after yourself and start doing things for yourself, and read.....reading keeps me sane....literally!! 2y
AmyG For most, life is really freaking hard. I‘m sorry to read of how hard it was for you, but hopeful to hear things are getting better. Social media can be brutal, but this community of readers is the kindest I‘ve ever come across on the internet. I wish you well...more each day. And always know...we are all here for you and each other. 💕 2y
2BR02B This isn't TMI. There are lots of folks here (myself included) that struggle with dark thoughts and Litsy can be a wonderful place to find solace and support. Coming back isn't easy, but a good therapist makes a world of difference. 2y
KatieanneF Not at all TMI. You‘re not responsible for dark thoughts or dark things that happen to you, but taking responsibility to help yourself through it is so important. I‘m so glad you‘ve found an outlet. Good for you! Well wishes for brighter days ahead 💛 2y
cobwebmoth Not TMI. *hugs* 2y
TiredLibrarian @LiterRohde "In the middle of the journey of life, I found myself in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear. It is scarcely less bitter than death: but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there." - Dante's Inferno. You are making your way out of that place. Good for you! 2y
JoScho Litsy is good for the soul just like reading ❤️ 2y
LiterRohde @TiredLibrarian Wonderful quote! 2y
Weaponxgirl Thank you for sharing this. A lot of us will have those thoughts and worry that we are burdening others by sharing them. It's not true, keep doing what keeps you sane and remember your not alone. 2y
Itchyfeetreader Not too much information at all. You have been through a lot. I love the community here on Litsy. Exactly where you should feel ok to share. 2y
BibliOphelia I love that you shared. Life, and physical and mental health can be a struggle for many. Talking about those things is healthy - I‘m glad you‘re getting healthier, too. And I think Litsy is by far the most supportive place in social media. Sending encouragement... 2y
Craftylikefox I am so glad you are here and you found Litsy 💕 keep reading and keep writing. Personally I know how healing both can be! You are not alone. Thank you for sharing! ☺️ 2y
CarolynM It is so important to talk about how you feel. Keeping it all in, whether good or bad, just messes with your mind. I'm glad you feel that you express yourself here and I hope you keep doing so.❤️ 2y
ReadZenRites 💕💕🌸💕💕 2y
Suet624 The above comments are ❤️❤️❤️. Life is hard and we all fall into a deep despair at times. So we know you now and we care about you. Stay in touch. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m glad you found Litsy. Sending well wishes and positive vibes to you. 2y
Kaye Wonderful. Litsy at its finest. 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 2y
CoffeeNBooks I just saw this, saw your reference to it on your giveaway post... I'm glad you found Litsy! And I'm glad you are finding the Litsy community to be wonderful and supportive. Litsy is great!! 2y
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RachelO
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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Kate, thank you SO much! A house-moving care package, as my first 'real' (not-utility-related) post in my new home!

I read Coastliners years ago, and loved it, but for some reason haven't read anything else by Joanne Harris (apart from her tweets). It's exactly what I needed this morning. Thank you 😘

batsy How nice! ❤️ 2y
kathedron You are very welcome! 💚 2y
Cathythoughts Blackberry wine ... our neighbors used to make it !!!! Very strong stuff 2y
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TrishB Lovely 💕 hope you‘re settling into your new home. Where are you now? 2y
RachelO @batsy And the colours are all so pretty! 2y
RachelO @Cathythoughts I've never tried it, which is probably a good thing! Pretty sure I'd like it! 2y
RachelO @TrishB 😊Getting there, but it might take a while- still in chaos. We ended up in T'mth, which I think will be great. From the top floor, you can see ⛵️🌊! And I'm living in a town with an indie bookshop for the first time in lots of years 📚📚😉 2y
Cathythoughts Congratulations on your new home 👍🏻❤️ 2y
TrishB Sounds fab 😁💕 2y
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kathedron
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This week I was in the mood for something that didn't demand much of me but was well-written and not "fluff". I think I made a good choice! I'm not a wine drinker but I enjoyed how characterful the wines became in her hands; I love how she shares her sheer sensuous joy of things. (And she's got me wanting to "do something" with my tiny neglected veg plot!) For lovers of Chocolat, a couple of familiar characters feature here, too.

BookishTrish I really liked the atmosphere in this book. I must reread it soon. 2y
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Loreen
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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Day 4: #7days7bookcovers Post a book cover you love. No explanation, no information about the book. I'm horrible at tagging people to participate in challenges. So consider yourself tagged if you want to play along.

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julesG
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

Since I don't have wine in the house, this'll have to do for #wineandbook.

I read this a very long time ago, shortly after Chocolat.

Cathythoughts Blackberry wine 🍷 delicious 😋 2y
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kathedron
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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Today's #libraryhaul
Ted and Sylvia are the ones I'd reserved and were waiting for me to collect them. The two by Joanne Harris were on the sale shelf: 50p each. Well, I couldn't just leave them there, could I?

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Redjewel_7734
Blackberry Wine: A Novel | Joanne Harris
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As close to a local wine as I can get in Eastern KY-Purple Toad Winery out of Paducah, KY. I do love a nice fruity wine 🍷 #litsypartyofone

Alisnazzy That looks amazing!!! 3y
tpixie Great label! That's how I pick my wine lol 🍷 🐸 3y
OrangeMooseReads I love the label. I some times wish I could "get into" wine but I just don't care for it. It sounds good though. 3y
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Redjewel_7734 @Ambrosnazzy it is sooo good! I like wines that are fruity & sweet and this definitely meets that! Plus Purple Toad...need I say more @tpixie? 3y
Redjewel_7734 @OrangeMooseReads I also was never a wine drinker, then I started trying more fruity wines like this & those from Twisted Vine Winery & I enjoyed them! It's that sweet dessert wine fruitiness of these wines that I love ❤️ 3y
MaleficentBookDragon ❤️💜💙💚🐸🐸🐸 3y
Megabooks 💙💙💙 KY - my family is originally from Harlan on my dad's side! 3y
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"Magia quotidiana...La trasformazione di una sostanza di base in quella dei desideri. Alchimia dei profani." #vinopatateemelerosse #lespeciali

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Raminga
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Sono innamorata di questo romanzo! Apri una bottiglia del tuo vino preferito, versane un calice ed immergiti in queste pagine! ..."il vino parla. Lo sanno tutti..."

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"Even though he knew it was a hallucination Jay felt the old familiar anger lock into place again. Jay could barely remember a time when he wasn't angry at someone. His parents. His school. Himself. And most of all, there was Joe; Joe who had vanished one day without warning or reason..." So good!

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