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The Winemaker's Wife

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  13,387 ratings  ·  1,805 reviews
The author of the engrossing international bestseller The Room on Rue Amélie returns with a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II, perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Gallery Books
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Lisa Fillo I did not think it was that suspenseful. Great book but it is predictable.
I did not think it was that suspenseful. Great book but it is predictable.

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Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
France, wine, WWII, present day, and love - all of this wrapped into one amazing, difficult-to-put-down read.

We meet Inez, Celine, Michel, Thor, Liv, and Liv's French grandmother, Edith, as the story moves back and forth in time.

We find out about the lives of the winemakers during the war and a secret that grandmother has kept for many years as well as a connection that the vineyards, a restaurant, and the characters have to both time periods and to their lives.

Grandmother Edith was my favorite
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The synopsis provided for this story is a bit misleading. Less than 15% of the story deals with the French Resistance; and moreover, it goes into little to no details about what they did other than hiding the munitions as stated in the synopsis. The members are never named, the groups are unknown, and the effect of their cause is anonymous. The reader never sees the outcome of what came from their help with the resistance and there is no action regarding the resistance movement.

The premise for t
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Informative, beautiful, and tragic!

The Winemaker’s Wife is a stirring, immersive story set in France during the early 1940s, as well present day, that is told primarily from three different perspectives; Inès Chauveau, a young wife who after feeling neglected and misunderstood naively makes choices that have far-reaching, life-changing consequences; Céline Laurent, the half-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s winemaker who lives in constant fear of the advancing Germans except when deep within the vineyar
This is one of those times where I feel finishing the book was redemption.

This book features the Champagne area of France during WWII. We have alternating storylines with Ines Chauvin, Edith Thierry and Celine Laurent in the 1940's and present day with Liv. This is your standard historical fiction novel with a few twists, heartbreak and of course a background of tragedy with the holocaust casting a cloud over the novel. I appreciated the author's attempt to introduce a fresh perspective with th
Rating: 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars

This is a dual timeline book mainly focusing on northern France during WWII. There are some contemporary chapters interwoven which helped propel the storyline. I’m giving the book 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars. This book’s genre is Historical Fiction. For me there were not enough historical details about the French Resistance in the Champagne region of France during the war to sink my teeth into. It often felt more like a Romance or Chic-Lit/Women’s
Jenna Bookish
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
My thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher.

Okay. Minority opinion alert. This book currently has a very respectable 4.14 average on Goodreads, so if the synopsis sounds like something you'll love, by all means, don't let my review turn you off of it. But my honest reaction to this novel was mainly disappointment. 

To start with, the synopsis gave me an impre
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3 champagne stars

This is a well-researched historical fiction tale set in the champagne region of France, mostly during WWII. I truly enjoyed learning more about the process of maintaining a vineyard, the process for making champagne, and a bit more about what the inhabitants of this region did as part of the French resistance.

The three women in this book – Celine, Ines, and Liv -- mostly didn’t capture my sympathy until the end of the book. They didn’t feel fleshed out and I struggled to unders
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel from Goodreads for my honest opinion.

A wonderful work of Historical Fiction with dual time lines that take place between World War II and present day. The focus of the story is on a champagne house in the Champagne region of France! A story of a woman who spent her whole life trying to make amends for mistakes she made in her youth. There are twists and turns within this story you never see coming.

The characters are wonderful and r
Mel (Epic Reading)
What a story. It’s both complex, yet simple and embodies the feelings, ideas and fears of people, and how they vary in extreme situations (in this case WWII). You may be thinking, another WWII book; let me assure you there are thousands of WWII stories that are all very different and worth telling. Kristin Harmel tells one of them here.

During great adversity we are reminded of what the essentials are for human beings; and what are great luxuries. The Nazi's were obsessed with ensuring
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again Kristin Harmel has written an incredible, well researched, historical novel of living in France during WWll. Michel and his young wife Ines working their vineyard Madison Chauveau producing champagne near Reims, France. Being that I have owned my wine business and producing wine and champagne brings this story closer to my heart. The story moves back and forth in time allowing us to meet some very incredible people which makes “The Winemakers Wife” an I can’t put down read. ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall: A multiple storyline, quick-paced, and interesting story centered around the vineyards of Champagne France and the resistance during WWII. A lovely historical fiction novel to get lost in! 3.75/5 or 7/10

Summary: This book follows three separate storylines during two time periods. In Champagne, France in 1940 we meet two women: Inès who has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, and Céline the half-Jewish wife of Chauveau's chef de cave. As the Germans
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-arc
I received a complimentary copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway program.
It is a beautiful work of historical fiction with dual time lines that take place during World War II and present day
This novel takes us to the vineyards of a France during the German occupation. It is the heart wrenching story of the people of France fighting for the Resistance .
It is a beautiful woven tale of love, betrayal and redemption.
During the height of World War II we find Michel owner of Madison, Chauveau ke
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
In the Champagne region of France, newlyweds Michel and Ines owned a winery by the name of Maison Chauveau. During the 1940s when WWII breaks out, the Nazis invade their small town and take over the supply produced by their winery. Lucky for Ines, her life isn’t heavily affected by the war, but even still, her marriage is perishing before her eyes. And then Ines discovers that Michel is taking part in the French Resistance and she worries what his actions will cost them.

Celine and her husband T
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grab a glass of champagne and kick back with this entertaining historical love story. I loved how this author clearly had done a ton of research on the region and the war before setting half the book in WWII Reims and nearby. I also appreciate the full dimensions she gave to her characters; each teemed with humanity. The complexities of their decisions set against an unforgiving background of German occupation made for not only a great read but the ramifications never stop coming. This book was ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Kristin Harmel's writing for quite some time now. She has written a few novels about World War II and the Holocaust, but each one has its own special flair that sets it apart from the others in this genre. The Winemaker's Wife tells a story about two women during a very tumultuous time and the secrets that threaten their safety.

This novel was thoughtful and well-written. I learned new things about winemaking. I liked seeing the perspectives of all three women and finding ou
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Kristin Harmel’s writing style and I this book did not disappoint. She has a knack for writing incredibly complicated stories but entirely relatable character plots that hook me in right away. At first sight, it may seem that Inès  is superficial and inconsequential to the war effort, but as she starts to discover more about what her husband and best friends have left her out of, she turns out to be a major part of the efforts (against her husband’s wishes). As this story unfo ...more
Donna Hines
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Was it possible that one sin could stain your soul forever? Or could one do enough good that a mistake of such magnitude could eventually be erased?”
When one thinks of champagne they surely don't think of the renaissance, the Nazi's, the German occupation, the French resistance, the hiding out in wine cellars and caves.
This is an incredible book depicting the horror, the tears, the love, the loss and the courage that itook to overcome.
It's a two part story with two separate timelines that gel t
Deanne Patterson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I could not put this down, historicals like this keep me engrossed the whole way through.
Well researched with some contemporary chapters thrown in as well to balance the story out.

Published August 13th 2019 by Gallery Books.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.
All opinions expressed are my own.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two women are at a crossroads in life. One woman in present day, and one in 1940 as the Nazis invade Champagne, France. These two stories of resilience and courage come together to create one beautiful book.⁣⁣
The Winemakers Wife is a book that immerses you in the wine region of France along with the horrors of war. I learned so much about this region during this time period, as well as a plethora of facts about the different Champagne houses. The author did an extensive amount of research for
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Winemaker’s Wife
by Kristin Harmel

A few years ago I read several historical fictions based in Europe during WWII that I enjoyed. After that I started searching out more historical fictions from that period. However, last year I seem to have picked some poor ones and became tired of them. This one was still on my bookshelf so I started reading it and thought I would be done with them.

I rather enjoyed this one. Many other readers have said they are suckers for books with the word book, bookstor
Thank you Gallery Books and Goodreads for the advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The characters were very hard to relate to or even like at all. Not one. This book is told from 3 points of view. Two woman during WWII Occupied France and one woman in 2019 America. The two women in the past were so very different and not likable at all. One was spoiled and selfish who made stupid mistakes and felt entitled. The other was an adulteress who expected to run the vineyard post w
Maria Brandriff
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have no words. This was the most ridiculously silly WWII novel I have ever read. It totally trivializes the gravity of that period. The characters were cardboard and stereotypical. Ines was a complete idiot who seemed to not possess a single brain cell and Liv in the present time was pretty silly as well. This basically was a trite romance book. If you want an incredible WWII novel, try the "The Nightingale". I am frankly shocked at all the great reviews.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Champagne, 1940. Michael owns Maison Chauveau, a champagne house just outside Reims, France. Newly married to Inez, he vows to treat her like the lady of the manor. But when the German's invade, Michael is disappointed with Inez's immaturity and lack of knowledge about wine. Michael is determined to help France gain back it's freedom.
Theo, head winemaker, and his wife Celine live on the estate. Celine, half Jewish, is concerned for herself and her family. Theo, though chooses to bury his head in
Sep 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dual-time-period
The one and only reason I'm glad I read this book was to learn the fascinating World War II role played by some of the great French champagne houses (Moet & Chandon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, etc.). Indeed, one could use this novel as a starting point to read more about the Resistance efforts made by the various French winemakers. I believe this bit of history is not well known, so give plaudits where they are due!

But, as to the novel itself - un piece de merde. Really folks, there was nothing good
Kim Bakos
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Five stars aren't enough for this book! Kristin Harmel has done it again and written the perfect WW2 era story set in France. Totally different than The Room on Rue Amilie, but just as perfect.
This book will certainly show you that people aren't who they seem to be, that's for sure. Love is something that changes and has many definitions. It asks the question of what it takes to make up/atone for a mistake from the past, or is it even possible to do so?
From start to finish I didn't want to put t
Toni Osborne
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a complex story of love, betrayal and courage told with exceptional skill. Written in heart wrenching prose “The Winemaker’s Wife” goes back and forth between time and the present: Champagne, 1940 and 2019.


The story gives us a different perspective of Germany occupied France. As it opens Ines has just married Michel, then owner of the champagne house Maison Chauveau when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts Michel joins the resistance. When rumours about Jews being deported… fear
Linda Zagon
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Winemaker’s Wife” by Kristin Harmel, Gallery Books, August 13, 2019

WOW! Kristin Harmel, Author of “The Winemaker’s Wife’ writes an intense, intriguing, captivating, riveting, page-turning, thought-provoking, heartbreaking and emotional novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. There are two different timelines in this story. One takes place around 1940, and one is set in the present. Like pieces in a puzzle, the two eventually fall i
Jacinda Literature Babe
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and author Ms. Kristin Harmel for this Advanced readers copy.

The Winemaker's Wife, written by Kristin Harmel, is an engaging Historical Fiction novel inspired by real events. Those events took place in the Champagne Region of France during the dark days of The French Occupation by the Nazi's of World War II.
3 couples trying to survive the horrors their lives have now become, making choices based out of need, personal greed and desperation. Right or wrong
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great read about WWII. This time about the French Resistance set in the Champagne region of France near the city of Reims. It alternates between the 1940s during the Nazi invasion and present day. This book is full of wonderfully flawed characters who each have secrets. The time period was well researched. Many twists and turns, secrets and anguish make this book a wonderful read.

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Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into numerous languages and sold all over the world.

A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major

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