Title: The Vine Witch
Author: Luanne G. Smith
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Publication date: October 1, 2019
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.
Hey there book nerds! It’s my stop on The Vine Witch Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! For my blog stop, I reviewed the book and listed down some of my favorite quotes from it!
The Vine Witch is a fun and enchanting read! What I thought would only be a typical or simple story about wine makers, turned out to be an exciting story about the magic of wine making and magic of witches.
I adored the writing style of this book! It was elegant and mysterious, plus the visualization of certain sceneries and setting was enough to transport me into the magnificent French countryside. The author also used several metaphors to describe wine making and wine tasting, which for me truly showed the beauty and magic of wines.
The characters here in The Vine Witch were pretty solid as well. I loved Elena’s passion for the vineyard and her determination to restore it in its glory. Plus I liked how well-developed Elena’s character is. I also adored Jean-Paul and how he left his former profession to do something that truly makes him happy (wine making that is). Even the minor characters were also great and they helped keep the story fun and exciting.
As for the romance part, it was good but I feel like I needed more interaction and chemistry between the two main characters. Don’t get me wrong, they did have chemistry, but I just wish they had more
This book has an interesting plot indeed. At the first few parts though, I thought it would only be simple, but the story took an interesting turn—a plot twist I didn’t expect—and I loved it! It’s also great to see all the little details and scenes come together and make sense at the end. It was mysterious and enchanting, yet still cohesive. I also liked how there were other kinds of witches involved, not just vine witches. To me, that helped expand both the plot and the world-building.
I only hoped there was bigger fight though as the climax felt a little safe. It kept me at the edge of my seat alright, but I feel like it wasn’t enough to make me hold my breath.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and I’m glad to be a part of this blog tour. 4 stars for this one! Have you heard of this one book nerds? What do you think?
About the Author
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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