The Vine Witch is a fantasy novel written by Luanne G. Smith. It is the first book in The Vine Witch series and was published in 2019. The story is set in early 20th century France and follows the life of Elena Boureanu, a vine witch who has been cursed and turned into a toad for seven years. When she finally breaks the curse, she returns to her vineyard only to find that everything has changed.
The book begins with Elena regaining her human form after seven years of being trapped as a toad. She discovers that her vineyard, Château Renard, has been sold to a young lawyer named Jean-Paul Martel. Determined to reclaim her home and restore the vineyard to its former glory, Elena sets out to prove herself as a skilled vine witch once again.
As Elena delves into the mysteries surrounding her vineyard, she uncovers a dark plot that threatens not only her beloved Château Renard but also the entire wine industry of France. With the help of Jean-Paul and a few other allies, Elena must navigate through treacherous vineyards, ancient curses, and magical secrets to save her home and protect the future of winemaking.
Throughout the story, Elena’s journey is intertwined with themes of identity, love, and redemption. As she reconnects with her magical abilities and learns more about herself, she also forms a deep bond with Jean – Paul. Their relationship evolves from skepticism and mistrust to mutual respect and affection.
The Vine Witch combines elements of fantasy, mystery, romance, and historical fiction. Luanne G. Smith’s writing style is immersive and vivid, bringing the world of vine witches and winemaking to life. The book explores the intricate process of winemaking, from cultivating grapes to bottling the final product, while also incorporating elements of magic and folklore.
Overall, The Vine Witch is a captivating and enchanting tale that will appeal to fans of fantasy and wine enthusiasts alike. It offers a unique blend of magic, romance, and suspense, making it a compelling read for those looking for an immersive and atmospheric story.
“Ingeniously crafted…. The Vine Witch is an adult fairy tale with a revolving tale of magic, love and betrayal that captures your attention…. Pure escapism.” – Forbes
A young witch escapes a curse and finds her world turned upside down in this gripping fantasy film set in turn – of – century France.
For centuries, the vineyards of Château Renard have depended on the talents of sorcerers, whose magic helps create the world – famous wines of the Chanceaux Valley. Later, her skill in divination was ruined when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blinded by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that imprisoned her in the shallows of the swamp and weakened her magic, Elena is struggling to return to her former life. And the vineyard she intended to inherit was now owned by a handsome stranger.
Vigneron Jean – Paul Martel favors science naively over superstition, and he certainly does not endorse the locals’ belief in witchcraft. But Elena knew a curse when she saw one, and the vineyard was covered with them. To stay and help the vines recover, she’ll have to hide her true identity, along with a plan to get revenge on the man who stole seven winters of her life. And she won’t rest until she can defy the evil forces that still pose a threat to herself, Jean – Paul, and her legacy of ancient vine wizardry in the hills. the slopes of the Chanceaux Valley.
I have been waiting for this book to come out and it did not disappoint. The story development and characters are done very well. You can feel their emotions and connections through the narrator’s voice. Excellent reading; I was captivated from start to finish. I’m so sad it’s over, but now I just need to get a hard copy of the book to keep in my library. An instant classic with rich pictures and descriptions of the Vine witches and their spells.
I was socked. It doesn’t happen to me often. I often find traitors, fools, murderers. But all the time I’m like, yeah, I was right, the author predicted for me and said oh no, you’ll have to wait for my friend. What a fascinating story about magic, potion making and winery, all wrapped up in a little love. I love every minute I read this book. The narrator is also phenomenal when it comes to changing her voice.
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