Book Review: Handpicked by Cheryl Adnams

Handpicked…(The Muller’s of McLaren Vale #3)

Book Description:

He who falls last, falls twice as hard. Has the last bachelor of Muller’s Field finally met his match?

Andrew Muller has always enjoyed the single life. But now that his older brothers have found the loves of their lives, he’s beginning to see that being a one-woman man might have some benefits after all. But has he missed his chance?

Taryn McArthur loves her independent life of travel and working on the harvest trail. Some of her most treasured memories are the years spent at Muller’s Field vineyard with her father. At eleven years of age, her young heart fluttered when Andrew stole her first kiss from her. On her return to Muller’s Field to help with handpicking the grapes, she is thrilled to discover that Andrew has grown into a very attractive man.

Andrew is immediately entranced by her beauty and adventurous nature and while she is receptive to his advances, they both know that their romance can only be a short-term thing.

When Taryn’s secret life catches up with her Andrew must make a decision that will alter his easygoing life forever.
The smallest things in life can often make the biggest difference.




My Thoughts:

Handpicked is the third and long awaited final book in The Muller’s of McLaren Vale series by Cheryl Adnams. It’s very much an easy reading experience, a book you can sit back and relax with, its characters and setting at once both familiar and comforting.

Cheryl has a distinctive voice that comes through with a strong element of wry humour and an honesty that I appreciate. Her characters are always real and totally relatable, both annoying and endearing. I particularly enjoy her dialogue, it’s punchy and engaging with plenty of lines that had me laughing out loud.

You can’t help but get a sense of how much Cheryl appreciates the region she has set these books in. It shines through in her vivid descriptions of the scenery and is woven into the story quite skillfully.

This series has a timeless quality about it, a slice of regional South Australia that any reader, no matter what your preferred genre, would appreciate.



Handpicked is book 7 of my 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge.

Thanks is extended to the author for providing me with an advanced copy of Handpicked for review.