Today I have a review of The Vine Witch, now available from Amazon Publishing. A big thank you to Wunderkind PR for the free copy.
The Vine Witch is the perfect book for fall, or even as we transition to the coziness of winter. It’s full of ambience and warm characters.
The vineyards at Chateau Renard are grateful for the love and care of the vine witches, who assist in the creation of the famous wine. All that falls apart when Elena Boureanu is cursed.
Many seasons later, Elena has finally broken free of the curse and seeks to return to her vineyard when she finds a handsome man, Jean-Paul Martel, now owns it.
Jean-Paul believes in the science of the wine and not sorcery. Elena sees the vineyard needs her help, and she’ll have to offer it covertly so Jean-Paul won’t know. Will the vineyard overcome?
The atmosphere pulls you right in with the vineyards and France. I loved the folklore of witches being the ones to make the world-renowned wine. Elena and Jean-Paul are strong characters, and I loved the chemistry between them.
I will say the pacing was stronger for the first half of the book than the second, but that didn’t affect my overall enjoyment. Luanne Smith’s beautiful writing and this charming, inventive, and exciting storyline kept me intrigued throughout.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy of betrayal, vengeance, and self-discovery set in turn-of-the-century France.
For centuries, the vineyards at Château Renard have depended on the talent of their vine witches, whose spells help create the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley. Then the skill of divining harvests fell into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a marshland and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she was destined to inherit is now in the possession of a handsome stranger.
Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel naively favors science over superstition, and he certainly doesn’t endorse the locals’ belief in witches. But Elena knows a hex when she sees one, and the vineyard is covered in them. To stay on and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with her plans for revenge against whoever stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil powers that are still a threat to herself, Jean-Paul, and the ancient vine-witch legacy in the rolling hills of the Chanceaux Valley.