ARC Review: The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

Title: The Vine Witch
Author: Luanne G. Smith
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Type: Standalone Book 1 of 2 from Vine Witch duet
POV: Third Person
Publication Date: October 1, 2019

 

 

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 into ruin when sorcière Elena Boureanu was blindsided by a curse. Now, after breaking the spell that confined her to the shallows of a 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.

 

 

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ARC provided for an unbiased review.

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 get her revenge.

I liked Elena for her strength and determination and enjoyed her relationship with her mentor. Jean-Paul’s skepticism added interest to his character evolution. However, he felt more like a periphery character without enough background. I liked how the romance was included in the storyline but it needed depth to be more convincing.

For someone who didn’t approve of spellcraft, this handsome mortal was very good at the charm business.

This book had an intriguing premise with the witches and their positions in society. It was interesting to see how they chose to live. The plot was predictable, but I still enjoyed the overall storyline and the world, especially with the dark magic and the historical aspects.

Her allure held hints of danger, which, if he were honest with himself, was part of the attraction, but the reasonable side of his brain knew better from experience.

The Vine Witch is a tale of revenge and finding oneself. It would appeal to readers looking for a light fantasy with a dash of romance.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

Books in the series:
The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1) by Luanne G. Smith The Glamourist (Vine Witch, #2) by Luanne G. Smith

 

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