Title: The Vine Witch
Author: Luanne G. Smith
Release Date: October 1st 2019
A young witch emerges from a curse to find her world upended in this gripping fantasy 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 book kept popping up whenever I was scrolling for new reads. I finally clicked on it to see what it was about. The synopsis really piqued my interest and there I was, one clicking away.
This book wasn’t what I expected. It was so much more! It’s wonderfully written. I didn’t put it down once! I love how the magic and witches are woven perfectly into the story. You follow Elena as she sets out to find out who cursed her. Revenge is a major motivator, until it’s not. There’s many unexpected twists that come about. The characters are fantastic and well developed. This story was an incredible debut for this author. I highly enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read more from her. I give this 5 stars.