Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Review: The Vineyard

I'm SO excited to be a part of this tour, thanks to JeanBookNerd! And look at that cover *squeal*

For the complete tour schedule, report HERE


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 the 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.

Book Trailer

And now Michael joins us for a Tens List!
Ten Books that you have read that you believe everyone should read at least once in life.

1. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.

2. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

3. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

4. Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography

5. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

6. Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

7. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

8. Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

9. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum

My Thoughts:
  • Okay, very first, is that the new/official cover?! Oh my gosh I just saw it and I'm freaking out! It shows so much and definitely depicts the book and the entire story. I love it!!
  • I need to go ahead and say this. Wow. I am extremely blown-away by the talent. Michael deserves all the praise he has received for his craft because he is seriously astounding. The book flows in such a way that makes you feel. You are extremely connected. Everything he wrote in this book is just so well-done.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the opening part. Right away, we know that Charlotte is broken to what she believes is beyond repair. I like how she knows what she is going to do and she is ready to do so. And more than anything else, I like how right when she loses control, she realizes that life wasn't so bad. It was bearable. I love that that is included. And that she then gets rescued of course.
  • I like the mystery set up around our fisherman. From his first mention, he doesn't have a name. And when he meets Charlotte, I like what he says. Though, to be honest, I read ahead a page and thought he was psychic for about five minutes before realizing. And then he saves a life but no one saw him come or go. 
  • If you've seen my other reviews, you know I'm all about reality and such in novels. This pleases me greatly in that the characters aren't perfect. Each woman is described as being broken, and they definitely are. It's not hidden or just subtly hinted at. It is as clear as day, laid out for everyone to see. 
What I didn't like:
  • The only thing I didn't particularly like was how after Charlotte got back to Dory's, after the initial hooker, the story dulled for a bit. Not intolerably so, but just enough so that I could put the book down to go get snacks.

Rating: 4 stars


Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University.

The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.

Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.

When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house. His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
10 Winners will receive a Copy of The Vineyard by Michael Hurley.
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