Thank you to 47th North for gifting me a copy of The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith in exchange for an honest review.
“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 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.” – GoodReads
I am incredibly grateful to the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book but, in complete honesty, it let me down a bit. I was fully prepared to be transported to a world of magical realism and, my ever favorite, wine. However, I just felt that the storyline fell short to what I wanted it to be. As always, there were pieces of the book that I did enjoy reading and so I would like to reflect on what I did enjoy and, also, what I didn’t.
Here is what I didn’t love about the storyline: I am a HUGE animal lover. If you follow me on Instagram you know that my dogs and cat are my life. I have an incredibly hard time enjoying a book that depicts the death of animals and especially in such a way that made me feel sick to my stomach. I understand that this was a part of the storyline and was supposed to set the tone for what sinister things were occurring in the town. However, that was incredibly off-putting to me. I also struggled to stay focused on what I was reading because I constantly had to look up what the author had referenced and that caused me to never feel completely immersed in the storyline. Finally, I struggled with this book because there was absolutely no time frame or location given to the reader. For all I know this storyline could have been set in the 1700s or it could’ve been set in 2400. It just left me confused on several occasions.
Here is what I did enjoy about the storyline: I love witches and magic. I also love wine. The Vine Witch combined the two and I did enjoy the magical realism that was tied to the winemaking process. It made for an entertaining read that was fitting for October.
As I always like to point out when writing reviews, this is solely the opinion of one person. Ever book will mean something to someone in a different way. For the things that I did not enjoy about this book, someone might love it! That is the beauty of literature. So, please take my review with a grain of salt and pick up The Vine Witch to form your thoughts and opinions.
Again, I am truly grateful to 47North for gifting me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest opinion. The Vine Witch was published on October 1 and is available to order now.