Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 October 2019

Source:  Wunderkind PR

Format: E-book

Pages: 263

 

Blurb

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.

 

 

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Review

Thank you so much to Wunderkind PR for providing me with a copy of The Vine Witch, in exchange for an honest review.

 

Elena has been imprisoned by a curse for years and when she finally breaks it, she discovers her beloved vineyard has been sold to a stranger.  A stranger who doesn’t believe in magic, which is going to make things difficult since Elena is the vineyard’s Vine Witch and she knows the failed batches of wine being produced are due to hexes on the vines.  She can counter them with magic, but the new owner has forbidden any ‘superstitious nonsense’ at the vineyard.

While determined to save the vineyard and seek revenge on the person who cast the curse on her, Elena will need to uncover all the secrets she can, and convince the new owner magic is real, and the only way to save the vines.

Is there anything better than a book surprising you by how much you loved it?  I know next to nothing about wine (except I love to drink the kind that would have most wine connoisseurs clutching their heart 😂 ) but was drawn in by the synopsis that promised witches and magic. I was absolutely hooked from the first page!  The entire premise was so unique and interesting and the storyline went in a direction I never expected it to at the beginning.  The subtle witchcraft alluded to in some of the characters was brilliant and there were some fantastic twists that kept me turning pages late into the night. The main character, Elena, was interesting, intelligent determined.  The descriptions of wine production were also such a nice inclusion to the story (even if some did go right over my head), I love books that can teach me something while entertaining me!

This book was such a magical blend of murder mystery, revenge, slow burn romance and witchcraft it stole my heart.  I really hope to read more from this author again soon!

 

 

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