I got this as a Kindle First read but couldnt resist getting the audio book to listen to as well!
Title: The Vine Witch
Author: Lianne G Smith
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.
What could be more up my street than witches AND wine? It’s like the author knows my interests and wrote this for me!!!
I listened to the audiobook, Susannah Jones was the narrator and was perfect.
Vine Witch, Elena has come back to her vineyard after spending 7 years as a toad. Yes, a toad. Colour me intrigued!
Jean-Paul is basically a non-believer when it comes to magic, who has bought the vineyard from Elena’s adopted Grandmother.
However the vines are not doing well……hmmm there is mystery afoot!
I loved the world of the different witches, oh my, I’d love me some witch made cheese!
I thought I didn’t really connect to the characters, like at all. At 30% I was thinking I didn’t believe the love story either. But then, BAM, 50% and I was totally rooting for them!!!
All in all it was a good listen and I would love to read the 2nd book, The Glamourist.