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The author of the engrossing (People) international bestseller The Room on Rue Amélie returns with a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of France during the darkest days of World War II, perfect for fans of Heather Morriss The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Gallery Books (first published August 13th 2019)
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    Erin
    Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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    Paige
    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
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    Zoe
    Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Informative, beautiful, and tragic!

    The Winemakers 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 Chauveaus winemaker who lives in constant fear of the advancing Germans except when deep within the vineyard
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    Britany
    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
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    Krista
    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. Im giving the book 3.5 stars, rounded down to 3 stars. This books 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/Womens
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    DeAnn
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 didnt capture my sympathy until the end of the book. They didnt feel fleshed out and I struggled to
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    Jenna Bookish
    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
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    Selena
    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
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    Whitney
    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
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    Shelby
    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 isnt 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
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    Maureen
    Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Aisling
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Melissa
    Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Mel (Epic Reading)
    What a story. Its both complex, yet simple and embodies the feelings, ideas and fears of people and how they vary in extreme situations (in this case WWII). Making champagne (or wine) is such an interesting process and I loved learning about it throughout this story that blends heroic actions with betrayal so well. RTC. ...more
    Donna Hines
    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
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    Deanne Patterson
    Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl@aol.com
    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.
    Jen
    Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 this
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    Anna
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Terry
    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
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    Toni Osborne
    Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a complex story of love, betrayal and courage told with exceptional skill. Written in heart wrenching prose The Winemakers Wife goes back and forth between time and the present: Champagne, 1940 and 2019.

    1940

    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
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    Linda Zagon
    Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Lindas Book Obsession Reviews The Winemakers Wife by Kristin Harmel, Gallery Books, August 13, 2019

    WOW! Kristin Harmel, Author of The Winemakers 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 into
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    Jacinda Literature Babe
    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
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    Susan
    Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed this novel!
    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    From the author of the international bestseller, The Room on Rue Amélie comes a remarkable and moving story of love, danger, and betrayal: two women in France in the darkest days of World War II and another in present-day America on a quest to uncover the
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    Rose
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read this book in two days. It was awsome! The author takes you from a frindship to a marriage and all the way to the granddaughter... I is full of history and wine making struggles and WWII. I truly loved it. I recommend it to anyone. I am not a history buff, but this was really good.
    Jacinda Literature Babe
    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
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    Bookworm
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book was exactly what I needed. So beautiful yet so painful. A perfectly crafted WW2 historical fiction. It takes place in Champagne, France at Maison Chauveau. It is a dual timeline that alternates between three perspectives - Ines, Celine and Olivia. In 1940, Ines is married to Michel, owner of the champagne house while Celine is the half-Jewish wife of Michels winemaker Theo. In 2019, Liv is at a low point having been dumped by her cheating husband and no prospective career ...more
    Peggy
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.

    Rhonda Ruff
    Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I have no words! Its been a long time since Ive cried at the end of a book. Heartbreakingly good. Just read it ...more
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    Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE, THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING, THE LIFE INTENDED, WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, and several other novels. Her latest, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, is coming in August 2019 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men ...more

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