BOOK REVIEW | STRAWBERRY AND SAGE
AUTHOR: Amanda Gale
PUBLISHER: Brenda & Cobena Books
RELEASE DATE: July 15, 2015
GENRE: Women’s Fiction, Romance
A historical romance novella for readers of the Meredith series and new readers alike.
Set in 1967 in the lush mountains of Vermont, Strawberry and Sage is a tale of friendship, love, and the perfect strawberry pie.
Gabriel Kelly is a hard-working young carpenter carrying the weight of responsibility on his back. With his father injured on the job and his brother fighting in Vietnam, Gabriel struggles to stay positive. And with the possibility of being drafted looming over him, he can focus only on things that matter, like visiting the mountain, where he regains clarity, and cherishing his time with Abigail, the childhood friend with whom he’s always been in love.
Abigail Wheeler is a bright, ambitious college student who just knows she can change the world. Determined to make good use of opportunities her mother never had, she spends her time campaigning for women’s rights and planning for her future. Her own experiences have taught her that the world is full of promise. So when Gabriel confesses his heart, she is torn, unsure whether they’d be compatible even though she secretly loves him too.
In a tumultuous time when change is the only constant, Gabriel and Abigail long to find meaning and to find themselves. As their friendship is tested by wars both inside and out, they discover that the differences that had kept them apart are actually why they need each other most. (Description found on Amazon)
Amanda Gale has done it again with Strawberry and Sage making me adore her stories even more. This book is sort of a “prequel” to the Meredith Series books and tells the story of Gabriel Kelly and the love of his life, Abigail Wheeler. If you remember from the Meredith Series, Gabriel is the father of one of the men Meredith was with and ultimately married.
Strawberry and Sage has a different pace then the Meredith series that I think stems from the personalities of the characters and the time period they are in. Gabriel is somewhat of an introvert and has a hard time expressing his feelings and his feelings are quite strong for Abigail. These feelings haven’t changed since that day they were picking strawberries as children in her grandmother’s backyard.
I do love that the center of this love story revolves around pie…strawberry pie to be exact. Gabriel and Abigail’s love story isn’t some amazing fairytale and everything doesn’t just fall into place. It’s something that’s real with real world obstacles. In their case, the war is looming over Gabriel and he feels the need to be fighting along side his brother and fulfilling his duty to his country and protecting his family, but being the only man working in the family and the thought of leaving Abigail creates quite an internal struggle for him.
Strawberry and Sage is not your typical love story, but it’s still one that keeps you rooting for them to finally let their feelings for each other bloom and bring them together. I would highly recommend this book for those who enjoyed the Meredith series and who are women’s fiction fanatics like myself.
A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. She loves history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family. (Photo Credit: Lisa Schaffer Photography)