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The Vine Witch

(Vine Witch #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  6,160 ratings  ·  713 reviews
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 fe
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Tonja Owens I enjoyed it as a change of pace. I don't usually read fantasy. But, good story, and quite exciting.

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Sep 03, 2019 marked it as owned-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
4 wining Stars

A 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.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my cup of wine

My apologies for being on the move and writing this with my phone app. It is a desperate attempt to get my thoughts down on a book that I thought would be less romantic perils and more wine in a fantasy world.

Elena is a wine witch, a special person whose gifts include being at one with her vineyard. Even without the hexes and curses from other "witches," her days would be full communicating with her vines and the bugs, birds and soil.

Smith's thoughts on
N.W. Moors
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a book starts from the viewpoint of a toad, you know you're reading an original and unusual story. Elena is a vine witch, one who uses her spells to enhance the vineyards of the Château Renard, a common occupation in the Chanceaux Valley. When she finally reverses the curse that changed her to a toad, she returns to find that the Chateau has been sold. Jean-Paul is a man of science who scoffs at the country folk and their witchcraft, but his vines aren't doing well and he doesn't know why.< ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooray for a complete story

Nicely 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
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
There’s nothing like spending the last 7 years as a toad, is there? Right off the bat, this book had me intrigued, eager to see where this story would take us.
How could she wish for anything else but to be part of the vineyard? Its terroir was her blood, its mist her breath, its soil her bones, its harvest her unborn child.

I adored this historical fantasy world and all the magic that it contained. I love the idea of all these different types of witches who secretly specialize in the creation of/>
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witches, romance
I’m not sure why I’ve picked The Vine Witch. I have no interest in wine and even less in books with a significant romance arc. I won’t say no to a glass of good wine or to a good romance book, but I don’t actively seek them out. Maybe it was the cover? No idea. To my surprise, I adored every second of Smith’s debut. A sign that I’m growing old and sentimental for sure.

The Vine Witch, set in a fantasy version of rural France, blends romance, folklore, witchcraft, and murder mystery. Elena Boureanu, the titula
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
I'm not going to finish this. I just don't love something about it and I don't even know what it is. I might pick it up again but for now I'm not enjoying the characters or the story so I'm gonna throw in the towel. Pity because wine and witches. How can I not like it? :(
Enjoyed this. Full RTC.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jackie Cain
I finished this book only because it was an Amazon First Reads and I felt under an obligation to finish it after having downloaded it. I thought it was an interesting concept but the story bored me so much so that I took a break in the middle and read something else!

A lot of the story is told from the point of view of the main character, Elena, and I just didn't believe in her. It possibly didn't help that there is a lot of telling and quite a lot of repetition. Even where there is a
gwendalyn _books_
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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 .

Sorcière Elena Boureanu, is Château Renard’s Vine Witch. She was brought to live as as an apprentice to Monsieur and Madame Gardin
Elena, disciple of the All Knowing and daughter of the Chanceaux Valley.
Her spell-work and careful nurturing hel
Isabelle | BookwyrmBites
Buddy read with Kat, Aurelia & Spira! ❤

3.5 stars

Wine, after all, was a living, breathing thing. Each wine its own entity, each vintage as unique as the heart and mind of the witch who crafted it.

I love the premise, and altogether I'm not disappointed in the worldbuilding as far as vine witches and vineyards and winemaking. (Though at the same time, we're introduced to so many different magic systems, (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I enjoyed this book more than I anticipated. Actually, I loved it.
Although a little bit flawed and predictable I just couldn't stop reading.
Amelia Fenton
Thick on world building. Thin on plot.

This was a decent book and an ok read. The character development is lacking and it reflects that in the plot. The writer is good at action and building the lore for her world. Unfortunately, the romance between Elena and Jean-Paul is forced. We are supposed to believe they have fallen in love because there are sparks when their hands touch? They only interact a few times and even then there is no depth in it. The story gives up it's secrets far too easil
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Type: Standalone Book 1 of 2 from Vine Witch duet
POV: Third Person

After years of being cast away, Elena Boureanu returned to Château Renard. However, the vineyard once renown for producing award-winning vintage was no longer the place she knew and loved. The new owner Jean-Paul Martel chose to turn his head away from tradition not knowing the danger that lurked in between the vines. It is up to her to use her knowledge and power to fix the only place she called home and finally geduet
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know when you first hear about a book and based off of the premise, it is everything you need in life as soon as humanely possible?! This was that book for me. I mean witches and wine…that right there is my life essence, and unsurprisingly, this book did not disappoint.

Elena Boureanu is a vine witch. Well, let’s back up. Our first introduction to Elena is through the lens of a toad. She’s desperately trying to shake a transfiguration curse that left her as a toad for seven years.
Alexandra Nae
The Vine Witch is a fun and enchanting read! What I thought would only be a typical or simple story about wine makers, turned out to be an exciting story about the magic of wine making and magic of witches.

Great writing
I adored the writing style of this book! It was elegant and mysterious, plus the visualization of certain sceneries and setting was enough to transport me into the magnificent French countryside. The author also used several metaphors to describe wine making and wine tasting, whi/>Great
sarah xoxo
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
The Vine Witch is a perfect October read that emanates a spooky, autumnal atmosphere. We follow our main character, Elena after she emerges from a curse that has left her as a toad for the past 7 years. Elena is a vine witch who lives in France tending to the vineyards of Château Renard. When she returns, she finds out the vineyard has been taken over by Jean-Paul, a city man who dismisses the country folk's belief in witchcraft as backward thinking and superstitious. But despite a
Marta Cox
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and a half
I saw this beautiful cover and having read the synopsis was really keen to read this book. Its essentially an historical look at the possibilities of Witches in France and has a fabulous beginning with of all things a sentient toad or does it ? Actually no because for seven years Elena, a Vine Witch has been under a curse and when she finally breaks it her return home isn't exactly a pleasure because the Vineyard has been sold . So not only does she have to track down who c
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very much looking forward to the following book(s) in this series. It sucked me in and I read it in a day. Highly recommend if you like rich characters and story.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, 2019, own, audio
I loved it

Not your witch story lately, seems like a more witchy read, and when I read the review, I had the feeling it was going to be fun and a unique read!
norma  linza
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read

Fast pass. Unlike any other vinter story I have read. This is so full of incredible situations that it will keep your interest.
Supporting characters are unique.
I do wonder why the author didn't follow-up and have her remove the string to free her friend from the spell.
I did not care for the ending. Didn't feel it had to go that far. Felt it could have gone in the opposite and blamed it all on the witch that died.
A series, at least one more, to invite the two ch
Jill Kalas
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wine and witchcraft

This 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
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The wine was corked; I could not finish the book

This was a free book through Amazon First Reads program. I loved the idea of witches who take care of vineyards using their knowledge of plants and the earth along with some magic. I enjoy reading about witches and I love me some wine! In this case, these two things did not pair well together.

The novel had a clever start with young witch Elena emerging from the swamp. She is the victim of a curse and has been turned into a toad. Luckily she i
Hélène Louise
Oct 01, 2019 marked it as alas-unreadable
I was interested by this book, but sadly I won't even try to read it.

When you decide to write a story which happens in a foreign country, you should chose names that aren't ridiculous or completely unlikely.
Hélène is a classical French first name - Elena is not. Some girls are named Elena nowadays, but there weren't last century.
Boureanu as a surname is nonsensical: I'm French and I don't even know how to pronounce it! (maybe it was supposed to be Bourneau ?)
And for
Mrs E A Noblett
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpectedly magical

This 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,
Lindsay Merrill
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Within the first couple sentences I was completely hooked on this book. The storytelling is well done with an interesting voice, the premise is so different from basically anything I've read, the world is rich and well flushed out. The characters are likable and you care what's happening with them. This was historical fiction meets fantasy meets mystery/who done it and I'm so here for it.

So why four stars then? Because as rich as the world was, it could have been flushed out better. I found mys
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Vine Witch is the story of Elena, a vine witch. She breaks the curse that was placed in her years before the story starts and the book follows her journey as she plots her revenge.

The book is written in 3rd person, the narrative switching between Elena and Jean-Paul, the man who has bought Elena's vineyard in her absence. I found the book very easy to read and I think it flowed well. There are mentions of violence and death and a few sex scenes, but its not explicit.
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Luanne G. Smith is the author of THE VINE WITCH, a fantasy novel about witches, wine, and revenge set in early 20th century France, and the forthcoming second book in the series, THE GLAMOURIST. She’s lucky enough to live in Colorado at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, where she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, a glass of wine at the end of the day, and finding the magic in everyday li ...more

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