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A Bottle of Plonk [Kindle Edition]

Jacquelynn Luben
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It's 1989 - a time when Liebfraumilch, Black Forest gateau and avocado bathrooms are all the rage, and nobody uses mobile phones.

When Julie Stanton moves in with Richard Webb one Saturday night in May, everything is looking rosy. She certainly doesn't expect their romantic evening together to end with her walking out of the flat clutching the bottle of wine with which they were to tast their new reationship.

But then Julie and the wine part company, and the bottle takes the reader on a journey through a series of events revealing love, laughter and conflict.

Synopsis

It's 1989 - a time when Liebfraumilch, Black Forest gateau and avocado bathrooms are all the rage, and nobody uses mobile phones. When Julie Stanton moves in with Richard Webb one Saturday night in May, everything is looking rosy. She certainly doesn't expect their romantic evening together to end with her walking out of the flat clutching the bottle of wine with which they were to toast their new relationship. But then Julie and the wine part company, and the bottle takes the reader on a journey through a series of events revealing love, laughter and conflict.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 843 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Goldenford Publishers Ltd (16 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D2K7WQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jacquelynn Luben has been writing for more than thirty years, and has published four books. She is working on her third novel.

Her most recent novel,'Tainted Tree', is the story of American adoptee, Addie, who is left a house in Guildford, Surrey, and visits England in a search for her roots and her identity. She also spends time in the West Country, where some of her family lived. 'Tainted Tree', a prize-winning novel, taps into the current interest in genealogy. An extract of the book can be found at www.goldenford.co.uk.

'A Bottle of Plonk' is a novella in which a bottle of wine is taken from one story to another. It has been compared to a modern version of 'La Ronde'. Both novels are available for the Kindle and in paperback.

Jacquelynn started writing after the death of a baby daughter through cot death, and her first published book was a self help book, commissioned by Thorsons and based on this experience. 'The Fruit of the Tree' was an autobiography which tells of that sad time in a more subjective way.

In addition to her published books, Jacquelynn Luben has written many articles and short stories. Several of her short stories are available as Kindle books - seven of which are published by Untreed Reads (www.untreedreads.com), including 'An Affair of the Mind', 'Damaged Goods', The Honey Hunters and 'The Green Girl'. Untreed Reads has also published an e-version of her autobiographical book, 'The Fruit of the Tree' in all formats.

You can read more about her at her website: http://freespace.virgin.net/jackie.luben where you'll find much more detailed information, or on her blog: http://jackieluben.blogspot.com/.

She can also be found at MySpace, Facebook and Twitter.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 16 April 2012
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Just read this book this afternoon whilst flying home. Great little read, really enjoyed the way the tales all linked around the wine bottle. Will now read more from this author. Thank you for a very pleasant read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheers! 22 Mar 2012
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage! 24 Jan 2012
By J.R.W.
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A much lighter read than Tainted Tree, but just as captivating. And what better idea for a story than to follow the circular adventures of a bottle of wine! It's travels touch the lives of many characters, all connected. A clever plot because it is simple, and yet original. It is set in 1989 so some nostalgia for me, but that particular vintage may not appeal to all. Quaffable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 19 Feb 2012
By Kew
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I enjoyed reading this unusual story. It was a great idea to follow a bottle of wine around, giving us insights into the lives of the people who briefly owned it! I found myself intrigued to wonder who would get it next and how they would be connected to the previous owners. I liked the way that it all worked out in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great light hearted book 9 Dec 2013
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Great light hearted book but with a predictable ending. Liked the smaller individual stories within each chapter. Easy to pick up and continue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Loved this story as it was so different from the usual books Jaquellynn Luben is such a good writer and makes a story really entertaining about the travels of a bottle of wine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea 9 Jun 2013
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Set in the 1980s, this is an enjoyable story and a great idea. It begins with Julie and Richard sharing a romantic dinner. All is well until his mother turns up and the bottle of wine they were about to share remains untouched. The bottle gets passed on to different characters in each chapter and on its journey, we visit the lives of these people - all connected in some way - and see their stories played out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plonk 18 April 2013
By Joo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I quite enjoyed this series of short stories. I don't often get on with short stories as I tend to find they end unsatisfactorily for me, however I didn't have that problem with this collection as each story followed on from the next as the bottle was passed on. I like a series that intertwines and this was enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
Another nice book Jacquelynn Luben. When life is full of worries it is so nice to escape into a nice safe story. I just sat and read it and escaped. Lovely.
Published 3 months ago by Rowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing.
The wine had quite a journey. Very enjoyable. Made me giggle and smile quite a few times. Very good read.
Published 21 months ago by Sharon Atkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
The centre character being a cheap bottle of wine is an interesting concept. How we, I found the book pretty light weight; it didn't enthral me. It's okay for a light read.
Published 23 months ago by L. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A little gem
This was an extremely delightful read - an unusual story, with a beginning and an end, and with a most surprising middle. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2012 by Jacdaw
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bottle of Plonk
Brilliant quick read, The Bottle of Plonks journey from one family drama to another, fascinatingly written and I couldnt put it down. Will look at more from this author. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2012 by S. Lindfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the wine.
Enjoyed this light read; good original idea to follow the fortunes of a bottle of wine and the various people who passed it on instead of drinking it. Clever connections. Nice.
Published on 19 Aug 2012 by She
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story
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... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by Ignite
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a long short-story (if you know what I mean) where each chapter tells the next stage in what happened to the bottle of wine and along the way we meet a whole range of... Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by Jill in East Kent
4.0 out of 5 stars A clever idea!
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. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Tina Van der Bilt
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