Review; The Vine Witch (Vine Witch #1) by Luanne G. Smith
Description from Goodreads
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.
My Thoughts on the BookThe Vine Witch was such an amazing book. I loved how the world building was done and I really liked Elena and Paul and their slow romance. The author has a keen eye for detail and writes some wonderful descriptions that such you right into the book and highlights the atmosphere. The storyline and plot has some twists and turns and in general being a bit of a pageturner at times. The only bad thing is that I felt some of the characters were a bit one-dimensional at times, such as the grandmother.
There's a sequel coming out in June 2020 and I'm keen on reading that one, as I really liked this one.