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Look at what Lime Berry Winery’s winemaker Joe Carroll created after he and his wife read “A Sudden Gift of Fate”! Lime Berry is on the East Side of Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes.

 

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Be sure to check out Book Look in the latest edition of Life in the Finger Lakes magazine. A Sudden Gift of Fate was reviewed by Laurel C. Wemett who calls it an “engaging novel of two likable couples and how they handle the challenges in their lives.”
     If you haven’t read this wonderful magazine before, be sure to give it a look. It truly is a celebration of Finger Lakes life, from the breathtaking scenery to the work of fine artisans, from the fascinating lakeside places to the bounty of their shores, fine produce to exquisite wines.

The Great Spirit forming the Finger Lakes, scratchboard by Margaret Hyland

The Great Spirit forming the Finger Lakes, scratchboard by Margaret Hyland

     The Iroquois, specifically the Seneca, Cayuga and Tuscarora tribes, lived in the upstate New York region called the Finger Lakes. They believed the Great Spirit Manitou rested his hand upon the earth in gratitude for their courage in battle and devotion.

     Keuka Lake, where much of A Sudden Gift of Fate takes place, is Y-shaped.

     The major Finger Lakes pictured here are, from left, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga and Skaneateles. Minor Finger Lakes include Otisco, Owasco, Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice and Honeoye.

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What readers are saying:
"This endearing foursome, that so many readers of the first book fell in love with, face new challenges with Irish wit and a generally upbeat outlook on life. They're a group of friends that anyone would want to hang out with."
"After finishing it, I kept thinking of the characters and wondered how they were doing. I had to remind myself they weren't real and had to let them go..."
"I couldn't put it down."
"Pure dead brilliant!"

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The story

Irish couple Fergal and Brídgeen Griffin get an intriguing wedding gift: the chance to manage a Finger Lakes winery. When they move to Keuka Lake from Queens, see the rundown winery and meet its surly winemaker, they realize it will be quite a challenge getting from grapevine to bottle.
Meanwhile their friends Maeve and Andy face a challenge of their own, separation as he pursues experimental therapy for his paraplegia.
As the two couples face the challenges ahead, will they be able to keep hope alive?

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* Listen to my 10/21/2009 interview with Morgen McLaughlin on her BlogTalk Radio show, "Finger Lakes Wine Talk" here.

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