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  • By twink1 on November 13, 2012

    When I downloaded this book, I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it. After all, I thought, how could you write a story about a bottle of plonk? But how wrong I was. It was a wonderful read, and I hated putting it down to go to bed. I loved the way it started with the main character buying the said item, and how it went from character to character, story to story so freely. I loved the way each little section ran on from the one before, and then, onto the next one. This to me is a most enjoyable book, and I've already recommended it to my friends, and I'll definitely be reading it again. Good-luck for the future, and I hope to read more of your work soon.Best WishesLinda Brant

  • By ManicScribbler on March 22, 2012

    This is a clever and intriguing little story which allows us to glimpse into the disparate though curiously interlinked lives of a number of fascinating people as we follow the journey of a humble bottle of plonk which no one really seems to want. The insights into these seemingly ordinary people provide an interesting social commentary of the late 80s and how the life and times affected each character.Whilst I did not actually consider this novel to be `un-putdown-able', I confess I really did sit and read it in one afternoon - and with great enjoyment! I was quickly drawn into the lives of the different people `touched' by the bottle, every one of whom would make an interesting subject for a longer story. The observations about them are astute and their situations often quite poignant.Jacquelynn Luben spins a very readable tale which holds interest throughout. I was particularly pleased with the ending; even though it was just what I expected, it was nonetheless very satisfying. An engrossing read which I would certainly recommend. A pity I have to choose between four and five stars, as (being a bit of a rebel) I would like to give this 4.5*! Well done Ms Luben.

  • By P. S. Gifford- Horror author on October 26, 2009

    5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and wise, 3 Nov 2005By A CustomerThis book is a real page-turner. We follow the ups and downs of a bottle of wine as it moves through the lives of a linked group of people, giving us an insight into their diverse stories and interconnections. It'll make you laugh and it'll also make you cry. A definite recommendation. I look forward to Luben's next book with interest. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional bottle of plonk, 18 Nov 2005By A CustomerThis lively and exciting novella takes the reader into the living rooms of ordinary households, where we discover that they are anything but ordinary. Jacquelynn Luben has very cleverly integrated the progress of a bottle of wine from one social event to another with the lives of the people we meet along the way. All these people are linked by the wine but the transition from one situation to another is seamless. We discover that a superficially normal world is full of secrets and lies, intrigues, humour and tragedy. And what happens to the wine in the end? Now that would be telling! One of the most original and enjoyable reads I've come across for a long time.Drink from this bottle, 14 Jan 2008By Grey Top (Surrey) - See all my reviewsAn ingenious and page-turning read. The author has created a written version of "La Ronde" but updated to present day mores. A first-rate read if you are looking for romance with sharp edges or worthwhile comment on widely varying relationships.

  • By Hoover on July 11, 2014

    Loved the format of this book - following the bottle from one person to another. Jacqueline Luben has a good future ahead as a writer. Her characters are interesting and the plots are good. This is the second of her books that I have read and I enjoyed them both.

  • By Ignite on August 15, 2012

    This is the story of a number of relationships, some more successful than others. A bottle of wine left over from a celebratory meal is passed on from one couple or group to the next as they visit one another. It goes to intimate dinners, parties and even a tombola. The story is set in the 1980s so there are discussions and arguments about the role of men and women both in society and in partnerships which would probably not occur today. It's a short novel and an easy read and I enjoyed the way the bottle linked the various lives. I wonder what would have happened to the story if it had come to me (I'd have opened it!) It was nice that the wine eventually returned to sender and completed the story.The writing, as with the other work I have read by this author, is simple, classy and stylish. Jacquelynn Luben has a very readable style and this book certainly gave me an enjoyable evening.

  • By ccsmom on July 4, 2014

    This book was interesting in that it followed different stories of people

  • By Cheryl M-M on March 20, 2012

    It reminded me of the films they make that show how we all interact like dominoes and are linked to one another via six degrees of seperation. Following an object through scenarios and relationships is an interesting idea and not at all unrealistic. I found some of the scenes made me a tad irritated and found myself shaking my head in annoyance at the characters. Especially when it came to the statements about women/mothers that stay at home to raise their children. Both adult child and husband were terribly condescending about her role in life and her level of intelligence. I wonder if that was written that way intentionally by the author to focus on the misrepresentation stay at home mothers get or were those some of her own opinions. It was a quick light hearted read with a pinch of realism.

  • By Tina Van der Bilt on June 11, 2012

    I downloaded this book some time last year but only just got round to reading it. It was quite a quick read and I really enjoyed it.I thought it captured a different era of British life very well, though it's not one I'm 100% familiar with. Still I enjoyed the snatches of different people's lives and the way these were revealed - all being interlinked but still quite separate so you felt you were getting new stories instead of one continuous one. And all linked up through a bottle of plonk nobody seems to want! A very clever idea.I liked the ending particular, but don't want to give it away - it was very satisfying.


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