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Have you discovered this book?
If you like magic, you should read it. If you like historical fiction, or fiction with wine elements, you should read it. If you like all three? This book was made for you!
But really – this was a great read.
The historical world-building is really good – it’s set in Edwardian France – but the magical world-building is spectacular. An imaginative imagining of Lovely, powerful writing really helps readers feel the grit and glitter of the times and the magic, but a creative re-imagining of a valley of vineyards and the traditional role magic plays in the winemaking process is brilliant.
The story begins in a swamp, where our magical heroine, Elena, has been cursed into a toad. (It’s an odd beginning, but even if it feels weird, just keep going. She saves herself and then things take off.)
There are a number of unexpected twists and turns, and Elena picks up some helpful allies, which she’ll need to bring down the dark presence taking hold in their valley.
And then, there’s the man who’s bought her beloved vineyard. And he’s kind of handsome….Too bad he doesn’t believe in witches.
Really fascinating and totally captivating!
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.
Find the book:
THE VINE WITCH – amzn.to/343M3Xo (affiliate link ❤️)
One paper copy plus swag from the author from this post and from the Bobbi Dumas FB page post here (two chances if you comment both places); more chances to win in giveaway bundles I’ll be doing – so keep an eye out on my Facebook pages, Bobbi Dumas and The Romance of Reading (which is closed, but you can join) and one each as part of a bundle from my newsletter list.
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