The Vineyard: Tour Stop + Review

The Vineyard: Tour Stop + ReviewThe Vineyard by Michael Hurley
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Published by Ragbagger Press on November 25, 2014
ISBN: 0976127563
Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Women's Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Goodreads, TLC Book Tours
From Michael Hurley, winner of the Chanticleer Reviews Grand Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside town.

Dory Delano, Charlotte Harris, and Turner Graham have been drifting through life since their days as roommates at Smith College, ten years ago. Dory is resisting taking the reins of her family’s legacy and fortune even as she relishes the fabulous lifestyle it affords her in the fashionable seaside resort of Martha’s Vineyard. She invites her old friends to join her for a summer on the Vineyard in hopes of rediscovering the innocence of old days and healing new wounds. But hidden in their midst and unknown to all but a few, a reclusive—some say dangerous—fisherman wanders alone, fueling wild speculation about his purpose and his past. None of these women can imagine the events their encounter with the fisherman will set in motion, the shadow he will cast over their destinies, or the transformation that awaits the world they know.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
  • I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

About Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley

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 and Kirkus Reviews. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.

Priscilla and her Books Review

I think we can all agree that the worst feeling in the world is having your child die before you. It wouldn’t feel right to live. The Vineyard starts on exactly that note: Charlotte “Charlie” Harris is going to kill herself. 


I’m pretty surprised by the tone of the book — there’s a tinge of dark humour. Like this scene where Charlie is having second thoughts about the sundress she’s wearing.


The Vineyard is stuffed full of distinctive characters, especially the fisherman. He’s a compelling character that commands attention. 


I loved that these characters are flawed. Turner strikes me the most. After hearing Charlie’s failed suicide attempt, she blogs about it (which promptly went viral) without asking for permission; totally exploiting the situation. I wish I could say more, but it’s going to spoil the entire book. Let me just say that she’s an extremely conflicted character.


I really enjoyed The Vineyard. It’s positively lengthy and heartfelt. Michael Hurley has an extremely captivating writing style. In fact, I’m going to get a paperback copy to display on my bookshelf!

The Vineyard is for you if you:

  • enjoy reading books about friendship put to the test

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