The Vine Witch
by Luanne G. Smith
Release Date: October 1st 2019
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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.
This is the story of Elana, a vine with who is waking up from a curse to find that many years have passed and her home may not be her home anymore. Not only that the world she knew has changed in many ways. Now she’s stuck living at the only place she’s known at home with a man who does not believe in vine witches, but relies solely on science.
What I liked:
I liked the whole concept of this story. I like the idea that a little magic helps make wine. While I’m not a wine drinker myself, I have been to a few vineyards and sometimes it is fun to believe that magic helps those grapes grow and become some of the best wines in the world. I also liked how Elana was able to transition back into her world while trying to figure out what happened to her and why. It was great to see her come home and realize that not all is as it seems and that someone has been sabotaging her vineyard.
I also liked the relationship that formed between Elan and Jean-Paul. I liked how they had the push and pull of new found love. Seeing their relationship grow, and watching how Elana introduced Jean-Paul to the fact that vine witches are real was great.
What I didn’t like:
The story of who cursed Elana and some of the stuff that happens to Elana because of her ex-fiance, that was good, but I could have done without it. Otherwise, this was a great read and I really enjoyed.
In the end though, I really liked this story, the writing was fantastic and easy to read.
Luanne G. Smith is the author of THE VINE WITCH, a fantasy novel about witches, wine, and revenge set in early 20th century France, and the forthcoming second book in the series, THE GLAMOURIST. She’s lucky enough to live in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, a glass of wine at the end of the day, and finding the magic in everyday life.
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