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The Vine Witch

(Vine Witch #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  11,872 ratings  ·  1,319 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 fell
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
HA HA HA HA! You’re wrong! That’s not my reaction after I finished this book. This is the meaningless, cruel, insidious laughter of my neighbors who spy on me when I perform my happy dance ( this time is great mash up of Moonwalk-ing and young Britney moves –millions rehabs before-) after I find the idea of witches and vinery heavenly! Next time I will not forget to close my windows.
My reaction was sweet combination of cursing and frustration cries!

So yes we have an amazing start of a story.
sarah xoxo
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 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
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 ...more
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 the subject are
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
What is better than a witchy read this time of year? Not much.
I really enjoyed this story, so much more than I expected and I'm so glad I took a chance on it. Filled with magic, mystery, danger, adventure, spells, demons, love, friendship, lessons, and so much more, this truly was a delight to read and absolutely perfect for this time of year.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Vine Witch is the perfect book for fall, or even as we transition to the coziness of winter. It’s full of ambience and warm characters.

The vineyards at Chateau Renard are grateful for the love and care of the vine witches, who assist in the creation of the famous wine. All that falls apart when Elena Boureanu is cursed.

Many seasons later, Elena has finally broken free of the curse and seeks to return to her vineyard when she finds a handsome man, Jean-Paul Martel, now owns it.

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.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Well this book was definitely a disappointment. I had seen pretty good reviews from this book, and was even recommended it but it really didn’t live up to my expectations.

Now going into this books I will admit that I was very excited. I mean a story with witches, a murder mystery, and a love story? Count me in! However, in my opinion there were many things wrong with this book. While I can definitely see the appeal that brings people to like The Vine Witch, it definitely wasn’t for me. For
WINE AND WITCHES? Sign me tf up.

The Vine Witch seemed interesting. Heck the title and synopsis alone made me want to dive into it. Yet, once I did it was kind of meh and disappointing. It started off great but then slowly drained me of my soul. I just couldn't get into it anymore which is why it basically took me a while month to finish it.

In it, you will meet Elena and Jean-Paul. AT first, they were interesting. I mean the whole who cursed Elena to a toad was intriguing enough. However, after 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
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 strong Heroine,
Elena Boureanu is a vine witch who casts spells to enhance the vineyards of the Château Renard, situated in the Chanceaux Valley. Or at least she did before someone cast a spell on her.

She had been missing seven years. Most suspected she was dead. Upon her return she discovers the woman she thinks of as a grandmother has sold the vineyards to Jean-Paul Martel. Jean-Paul is a former lawyer and man of science who doesn’t believe in the areas practice of vine witches, but something is wrong with
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 cursed
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Having spent years trapped in an intricate curse, Vine Witch (sorcière) Elena Boureanu, finally is able to free herself, once free her mind and heart are consumed with gaining bloody vengeance on the mysterious figure who had her so cruelly trapped.

I really, really liked the start of this book, it had me intrigued and engaged. The first half of this book I would give 3.5 solid stars but sadly the second half of the book lost something, pacing got slower and slower and it took certain characters
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, witches
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
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
wanderer (Para)
ARC received from the publisher (47North) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In some ways, this is the perfect book to read in autumn. There are witches, there is wine, there are sinister curses, short, it sounds fantastic. But even though I was suitably enchanted by the atmosphere and the concept in the beginning, the plot did not live up to its promise.

Elena is a vine witch, specialised for taking care of vinyards. Seven years ago, someone had turned her into a toad,
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 an idea for a
Stacy Fetters
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You’ll burn in Hell for this. The witch scoffed. What makes you think I haven’t already?"

The Vine Witch is a spellbinding must read for the Halloween season. It combines a lot of things I love. It has Witches, Wine, Murder, and a little bit of love to throw you off and I really enjoyed it.

Elena was cursed after she turned down a proposal. The joining of two people is supposed to be the highlight of a persons life but she didn’t feel that way. After turning it down, Elena is cursed for seven
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Witchcraft, folklore, murder mystery, and romance all wrapped in one. It ended up being a surprisingly good and entertaining read for me. I look forward to the second book which will be out in 2020.
Sep 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Kindle First for September 2019
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), which leave the
3 Stars

*An stylistic debut about magic, betrayal, and self-discovery*

ARC provided by 47North via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Vine Witch is a readable debut about a cursed Vine Witch seeking revenge. The story starts out with a Magical Realism vibe as a young woman makes her way home after being cursed. She is intent on saving her home as well as getting revenge on the person who cursed her.

The story is set in the Chanceaux Valley of France at the turn-of-the-century. While
So this wasn't a bad book, I just had a hard time sticking with it. The writing at times pushed me out of the story and the book starts to feel really predictable after a while. I loved the cover, and loved the idea of vine witches though. I just don't know if I would read the next book in this series or not.

"The Vine Witch" starts off with a woman named Elena Boureanu finally breaks a curse that has kept her hibernated (or whatever you want to call it as a frog) for 7 years until she manages to
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? :(
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith was a charming book—sure, not one that would likely linger too long in your mind or make an in indelible impression, but it was by no means a bad read. While the publisher blurb doesn’t reveal much about the story, I was intrigued by the setting of a vineyard nestled in the historical French countryside, as well as the idea of vine witches whose powers enable them to create the richest and
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Vine Witch is well written for a romance novel and not super tropey. The story is set in the early 20th century. Often this is done so that the heroine can do something ahead of her time, and thus be respected by modern audiences, and yet totally unremarkable by modern standards, so that the audience can also view her as especially feminine. In this book, it's also supposed to set the stage for the clash of superstition and science, but it doesn't. Jones has created a world where real witches ...more
Elena Boureanu, a vine witch, becomes human again after being cursed as a toad for seven years. She works to save her vineyard and to find out who cursed her.

This book was hard for me to get into at first. After Elena becomes human again, I found it was easier to read the book. I liked the plot of the story and found the characters to be well-written and intriguing. The world was very well set up too, I liked the slow-burn romance as well. The new owner, Jean-Paul Martel, was an interesting
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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 ...more

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