The Vine Witch
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.

The Vine Witch Details

TitleThe Vine Witch
Author
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781721389827
Rating
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches

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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    AAAHHHH I was literally just telling someone how I thought this sounded super interesting and then the Kindle first newsletter comes out and this is one of the choices 😍
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    4 wining StarsA light, historical, murder mystery, romance, fantasy read that will have you anticipating each turn of the page. This book is a mix of so many different genres neatly wrapped together in a superb read.
  • Keri
    January 1, 1970
    VINEYARDS, WINE, AND WITCHES?Um, yes PLEASE. How did I not know about this book sooner?
  • gwendalyn _books_
    January 1, 1970
    ☽ .* :☆゚. ──🍷── ・ 。゚:☆. *.☽ .* :☆゚. ──🍷── 。゚:☆. *☽This book was received as an early ARC from the publisher and Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own . http://gwendalynbooks.wordpress.comSorcière Elena Boureanu, is Château Renard’s Vine Witch. She was brought to live as as an apprentice to Monsieur and Madame GardinElena, disciple of the All Knowing and daughter of the Chanceaux Valley.Her spell-work and careful nurturing h ☽ .* :☆゚. ──🍷── ・ 。゚:☆. *.☽ .* :☆゚. ──🍷── 。゚:☆. *☽This book was received as an early ARC from the publisher and Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own . http://gwendalynbooks.wordpress.comSorcière Elena Boureanu, is Château Renard’s Vine Witch. She was brought to live as as an apprentice to Monsieur and Madame GardinElena, disciple of the All Knowing and daughter of the Chanceaux Valley.Her spell-work and careful nurturing helped created the world-renowned wine of the Chanceaux Valley.Weak after finally breaking free of the bonds of a curse that has kept her confined to the shallows of a marshland as toad. Elena emerges after seven long winters with her magic weakened but her memory intact. She is bent on seeking vengeance to the one who betrayed her and used a transformed curse on her. Vigneron Jean-Paul Martel is a lawyer by trade, has purchased the vineyard Château Renard from Mademoiselle Gardin {Grand-Mere}Allowing to Grand-Mere to continue to reside in her ancestral Chateau. Jean-Paul naively favors science and methodology over superstition. In his heart of hearts he still want to creat a great wine. Elena’s beloved vineyard, Château Renard has been sold off, And the vineyard is in a tragic state and has rapidly declined in her absence. She needs time to recover her strength to breathe new life into grape vines and revive the vineyard to what it once was. All the while excepting the fact that someone else now owns the place her life has been rooted to for so long. “She is apart of the vineyard as the vines themselves.”Luanne G. Smith debut novel., THE VINE WITCH, is beautifully developed. The story line had the perfect blend of suspense and romance. Mixed together with the right amount of spellbinding magic that makes for an incredible read. The authors descriptive writing creates beautiful imagery that is perfectly paced, and a plot that was thought-provoking, that is richly detailed and unique. An engaging book set in early 20th century France. With well developed characters.The story held my attention fully all the way through with just enough romance to a create a tension filled slow burn. I absolutely enjoyed the creative elements of dark blood magic and herb lore that made for a stunning witchy read. Luanne, describes scenes with such lush imagery that you are able to fully immerse yourself into the world she has created. The novels premise and the writing definitely intrigued me and kept me entertained. From start to finish this book delivered the perfect amount of mystery and mystical realism that I can’t say enough about.A captivating book, and by far has been one of my favorite reads this year. So, pour yourself the perfect glass of your favorite wine and grab this book when it’s available this October! ☆❥¸.•*´¨☆❥¸.•*´¨❥☆🍷☆ ❥¸.•*´¨☆❥¸.•*´¨❥☆#magical, magica realism, #witchy #Fiction #spellbing #5star #fantasy
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  • Keryn
    January 1, 1970
    Magic in the air!Considering this is the authors debut novel it is absolute M A G I C!!!! WE start in the swamp of all places. Slightly confusing at first until we realize it's the inner monologue of a toad of all things. Confusing, until we learn she's actually a woman that's been trapped in toad form for seven years by someone unknown. We're introduced to a magical landscape in more ways than one. The French countryside full of vineyards and dazzling wines brought to their peak perfection thro Magic in the air!Considering this is the authors debut novel it is absolute M A G I C!!!! WE start in the swamp of all places. Slightly confusing at first until we realize it's the inner monologue of a toad of all things. Confusing, until we learn she's actually a woman that's been trapped in toad form for seven years by someone unknown. We're introduced to a magical landscape in more ways than one. The French countryside full of vineyards and dazzling wines brought to their peak perfection through the age old courtesy and love of vine witches. What happens when one such witch comes home from her seven year curse to find all she knew had changed. Can she find her footing when her home and love are no longer hers? When she not certain who cursed her and the vines she loves so very much. Her magical tale will weave its way into your heart and beg to hear more! This is one author I can't wait to see more from. Brava 💖💖💖💖
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Hooray for a complete storyNicely written, this book grabbed me from the beginning. The World Building was great, and the characters were appealing. I read it straight through to the satisfying ending. And it did end, without forcing you to read a next book. I've almost forgotten what that was like.The whole idea of various witches, including Vine Witches, was intriguing. Yes, there were other Supernaturals included, but the Vine (Wine) witches were the focus. The story starred a strong Heroine, Hooray for a complete storyNicely written, this book grabbed me from the beginning. The World Building was great, and the characters were appealing. I read it straight through to the satisfying ending. And it did end, without forcing you to read a next book. I've almost forgotten what that was like.The whole idea of various witches, including Vine Witches, was intriguing. Yes, there were other Supernaturals included, but the Vine (Wine) witches were the focus. The story starred a strong Heroine, who didn't need a man to rescue her. In fact, she ended up doing some rescuing. The murder mystery was entertaining, and the story had an interesting twist towards the end.If you like Fantasy--this one is a quick, entertaining read.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A twisty plot involving wine and witches, stitched together with intrigue and romance. Set in the Chanceaux valley, a wine making region in France, this book is jam-packed with atmosphere. I loved feeling like I was at a particular moment in time in a world new to electricity and motor cars, but experienced in hex-work and witchcraft. Lush writing and evocative storytelling. Highly recommend if you enjoy stories with magic, witches, and especially wine.I received this book from NetGalley in exch A twisty plot involving wine and witches, stitched together with intrigue and romance. Set in the Chanceaux valley, a wine making region in France, this book is jam-packed with atmosphere. I loved feeling like I was at a particular moment in time in a world new to electricity and motor cars, but experienced in hex-work and witchcraft. Lush writing and evocative storytelling. Highly recommend if you enjoy stories with magic, witches, and especially wine.I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Kindle First for September 2019
  • Robyn Puffenbarger
    January 1, 1970
    Fun mixThis was a fun mix of magic and wine. Neat plot and fun characters. Quick read for evenings with a glass of good red in your hand.
  • Mrs E A Noblett
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpectedly magicalThis is not my usual reading taste, if I am honest, I only chose it because it was free! How pleased I am that I did. This is, surprisingly for its type, an excellent read, all written, beautifully constructed and lovingly done. A story that sucks you in, slowly but inevitably, to be read in one sitting. A world has been created that is imbued with magic and imagination that one truly believes in as a real place. A love story and a mystery, neither diverting from the other, c Unexpectedly magicalThis is not my usual reading taste, if I am honest, I only chose it because it was free! How pleased I am that I did. This is, surprisingly for its type, an excellent read, all written, beautifully constructed and lovingly done. A story that sucks you in, slowly but inevitably, to be read in one sitting. A world has been created that is imbued with magic and imagination that one truly believes in as a real place. A love story and a mystery, neither diverting from the other, complementing instead. Take a chance on this novel, read it and be taken to another time and place, a wonderful diversion from the grim realities of life and it's uncertainty. Ms Smith is imaginative and possesses that unusual ability that marks her out as a wonderful story teller.
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  • Jm
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting story that is pieced together as much as it unfolds about the truths behind a cursing and a world set in an alternate world of a hundred years past in a wine region in France. There is green magic, cheap, magic ... black and blood magic. And, of course, romance.The was a Kindle First Read book, so I downloaded it for free. The story was interesting but it seemed to take some big leaps that left me wondering "wait, when did *that* happen?" There were also several highly predictable An interesting story that is pieced together as much as it unfolds about the truths behind a cursing and a world set in an alternate world of a hundred years past in a wine region in France. There is green magic, cheap, magic ... black and blood magic. And, of course, romance.The was a Kindle First Read book, so I downloaded it for free. The story was interesting but it seemed to take some big leaps that left me wondering "wait, when did *that* happen?" There were also several highly predictable turns of the story that felt clumsy. So 3 stars instead of 4. Spoilers -----I felt the strongest elements were the characters, when exploring the natures of their individual magics. The jinni was my favourite. The plot and story telling were weaker, which is a pity.
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  • Jill Kalas
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and witchcraftThis was a fast read for me. I haven't read a book on witches on quiet a while. It was well written and easy to understand. Without using a bunch of confusing magical words or crazy potions. It touched briefly on the torture of witches in the past, and how they have changed with the times of modern life. The magic is still there regardless of science or machines. And there are still those who would hunt down a witch and have her stand accused for using her craft. I didn't thin Wine and witchcraftThis was a fast read for me. I haven't read a book on witches on quiet a while. It was well written and easy to understand. Without using a bunch of confusing magical words or crazy potions. It touched briefly on the torture of witches in the past, and how they have changed with the times of modern life. The magic is still there regardless of science or machines. And there are still those who would hunt down a witch and have her stand accused for using her craft. I didn't think there would be so much mystery at the end of the story, but it made for an exciting book to read.
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  • Sandee Rock
    January 1, 1970
    Wine, witches, and magicI really enjoyed The Vine Witch. After seven years of being cursed and turned into a toad, Elena comes back to the vinard, the only home she has ever known, only to find that her adopted grandmother, a vine witch, has sold the house and property to a mortal. She is angry. Angry that her home is sold and angry towards the man that she thinks cursed her. But things aren’t always what they seem in life and love and Elena, the vine witch will have to use all her skills to sav Wine, witches, and magicI really enjoyed The Vine Witch. After seven years of being cursed and turned into a toad, Elena comes back to the vinard, the only home she has ever known, only to find that her adopted grandmother, a vine witch, has sold the house and property to a mortal. She is angry. Angry that her home is sold and angry towards the man that she thinks cursed her. But things aren’t always what they seem in life and love and Elena, the vine witch will have to use all her skills to save her winery and her life front he evil that lurks everywhere.
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  • Becca Bastin
    January 1, 1970
    Charming, in every sense.So surprised that this is a debut novel, the quality of writing is wonderful, depth and breadth of characters and a refreshing descriptive pallet took me back to authors like Enid Blyton and a hint of Terry Pritchett’s Colour of Magic in the prose, lovely book, weaving magic and nature exactly the way they should be. I would love to read more of this story.
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  • Deborah R Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Witches are real!I really enjoyed this book. Very hard to put down when chores were calling.! The characters are so real you fall into the story as part of the book. A must read as the story is so exciting and a new twist is always around the corner. Hoping that there is a sequel to this story!!
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    A fantasy book with a whodunnit and wine, it was always going to say a book for me. At first I thought it wasn't going to live up to my expectations as the writing was really flowery, far too many adjectives and descriptions but that soon settled down.I really enjoyed it and hope there might be another one following Elena Jean Paul or Yvette.
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  • Caitlyn
    January 1, 1970
    The best book in a long timeI've pretty much given up on reviewing books. Most are pretty much a waste of time. To find a really good book is outstanding. This is one of the best I have read. Ms Smith has put together a cast of characters and story line that is magnificent. Thank you for showing me there are still author's who know how to write a good story.
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  • Beverly Schulte
    January 1, 1970
    Good story, great characters!Loved this book right from the beginning. Great story and is essentially a love story and a who-done-it in the end. And speaking of the end, I did not see that coming! I wholeheartedly recommend this book and author, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Bonnie munn asido
    January 1, 1970
    Fantasy well done!The plot thickens, the tendrils weave, a tale elevated in vines of wine. The lush unfolding plot is lovely to read. The characters are full bodied and we'll fleshed out. This is an excellent tale. I have already purchased the next book.
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  • Amanda Lee
    January 1, 1970
    A captivating storyI found the writing to be eloquent and the story was satisfying and fulfilling. The author did her research well and the details made the story more real. Will be following the author for more of her stories in the future!
  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful book. It is difficult to believe that this is a debut novel. The characters are well developed and the setting is so real you can feel it. I have preordered the next book. I highly recommend this.
  • Deborah Whipp
    January 1, 1970
    Rounded up from 3.5 starsA creative and enchanting story - I was surprised to see this is Luanne Smith's first book. Very well written with captivating characters and nice world buildingm set in a picturesque French village.
  • Gabrielle
    January 1, 1970
    UnderwhelmingThis was an interesting, if a bit predictable, premise. In an attempt at elevation the writing often felt contrived and pretentious. It was readable but it was the most average book I have ever read.
  • P J J Blake
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read!A nice light read that I would put into the young adult category. I always enjoy a good fantasy novel and this was sufficiently different to be a fun read. I will definitely recommend this to my daughter.... I think she will love it!
  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite part of the book was the beginning scene with the toad in the swamp. I didn’t feel that the characters were well developed and the main character wasn’t particularly likable. I just never cared about what was happening to her.
  • Janie
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful! Time well spent!A very enjoyable read; fabulously imaginative and thought provoking. I can't wait to read her next book; I will follow her to be sure not to miss anything that Luanne writes. Keep dreaming up new stories! Thank you for all of your hard work!
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  • Tanya Ehlert
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun, light, well-written book. Great for a beach read, an afternoon with tea read, evening by the fire read...really just an enjoyable book. That this is her debut book... well done Ms. Smith... chapeau!!!! I cannot wait for the next book by this author.
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  • Cass
    January 1, 1970
    This book made me wish that “vine witch” was a viable career path, because I’d take it in a heartbeat. This is a solid historical fantasy with an absorbing atmosphere, interesting characters, and thaumaturgy that makes me want to know more. I’d happily read another book set in this world.
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  • Cristina Rusu
    January 1, 1970
    EnchantingAn interesting read. Old magic is much more beautiful than want waving, especially in this story. Add some intrigue, lust for revenge and a new romance (not forgetting the wine) and you have a wonderful mix. Couldn't put it down.
  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful, magical taleReading this book was a real pleasure. I was hooked from the first paragraph and nearly finished it the first night. I'll be sure to read more of Ms. Smith's work.
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