The Champagne Queen (The Century Trilogy #2) by Petra Durst-Benning

The Champagne Queen (The Century Trilogy #2)

When Isabelle took a chance and eloped with Leon Feininger, her true love, she hadn’t stopped to consider what would happen next. Winter on his family’s isolated vineyard proves tougher than she expected, and Isabelle finds herself daydreaming, envisioning the wines she and Leon will make when they have their own land.An unexpected inheritance opens a door for the newlyweds—Leon’s uncle has left them a vineyard, and in champagne country n...

Details The Champagne Queen (The Century Trilogy #2)

TitleThe Champagne Queen (The Century Trilogy #2)
Release DateSep 20th, 2016
Number of pages480 pages
GenreHistorical, Romance, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews The Champagne Queen (The Century Trilogy #2)

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    It is a good book, but in light of the other books I've been reading, I just can't give it 4 stars - mainly because the genre of the book is light and simple compared to the other more serious stuff I've been reading. I'd give it a solid 3.5 if I could though! I just wrote a very good review for a memoir of a mother with a child with Down syndrome, so writing a review on a lighter book is so hard right now - maybe you'll understand.If you are loo...
  • Jool
    I consider any book by author Petra Durst-Benning to be a must-read. The Century Trilogy has proved once again to be exceptional by this author. These historical fiction books are captivating! I have pre-ordered the third book in this trilogy.I highly recommend this book!
  • Jill
    Now I want to live in France in 1898 on a Champagne Vineyard.
  • Stefani
    It was a bit on the long side and moved slow in certain parts but it was overall a very interesting read. You can tell the author has done her fair share of research on the topic of champagne making and such :D Definitely recommend that you check this book out if you are a fan of the bubbly and France. Lots of interesting details are thrown in (such as the champagne made by widows and cycling) and omg the French coutryside....take me to France pl...
  • E
    I won a Kindle version of this book on I read the first book before starting this second in the sequence. Although it is not necessary it gives more background to some of the characters and sets the scene for this book. I loved this story. The historical facts, setting of the story, and depth of characters makes this a pleasurable read. It is both inspiring and heart wrenching; a love and hate story with twists and turns ending wit...
  • Donna Bresnak
    I received a kindle copy of this book for free in return for a review. although this says it is a second book in a trilogy it really is not noticeable as such. it stands on its own.I enjoyed reading about the winemaking region, the wine makers and of course the life of the main character, a woman who is strong and self reliant. The book is a delight to read. I recommend it .
  • Melissa
    The Century Trilogy book 2These books are remarkably researched! I feel like I could grow grapes in my own backyard after reading this book. This story follows one of the friends through her trials and tribulations as she learns to be a vintner. I cried, laughed and cheered. This was a wonderful read!
  • Nancy
    A life journey.At the beginning I did not like the main character, I found here naive and unprepared for her new life. Isabelle proved everyone wrong after many struggles she rose and met all the difficult tasks. It really is a story about a young woman standing up for herself in the face of adversity. The book is very easy to read and the writing is good.
  • Audrey VerVer
    Even more enjoyable than the first book.This was the second book of a trilogy. I enjoyed it even more than the first book. Where it ended it only made me want more. Can't wait for the third in the trilogy.
  • Em Gamache
    Fantastic!Very well written! I felt as if I were right there in Champagne, France. Complicated characters and a wonderful storyline.
  • Laurie Highsmith
    I loved it. I couldn't put it down.
  • Janet Foster
    Great bookMaking champagne was interesting enough but the story being set in Europe made it much more interesting. Now I've read 5 of her books!
  • Andrew Farley
    Love, Sabotage, and Champagne. What more could one want?Though the story starts a bit slow, one quickly becomes invested in the main character Isabelle. At first she is snobbish and weak, but as she moves through the tempest of highs and lows her life presents she grows into a strong, resilient protagonist. Surrounding the strong female lead is a cast of multi-faceted characters that provide the love, support, and sometimes difficult truths that ...
  • Astrid Falkenberg
    I didn't like it as much as the first book, even though I was interested n the descriptions about champagne making and the references to the actual champagne families and areas in France. The plot was too contrived and not as well done as in the first book, but still kept me reading, as I wanted to know how it ended....
  • Mary Alice
    I love a main character that's not afraid of hard work! Her struggles with mental illness also made her more believable. Josephine,Clara,and Isabella....I love their friendship so much I preordered book#3!
  • Laura
    Brilliant What a wonderful story and a twist of adventure and learning of true love. A treasure to picture the field of champagne grapes
  • Stefanie
    Dieses Buch ist der 2. Teil der „Jahrhundertwind“-Trilogie von Petra Durst-Benning. Während das Hauptaugenmerk im ersten Buch „Solang die Welt noch schläft“ fast ausschließlich auf Josephine lag, geht es nun in diesem Buch um ihre Freundin Isabelle. Diese ist die verwöhnte Tochter eines wohlhabenden Fabrikanten aus Berlin und hat gegen den Willen ihrer Eltern den Radrennfahrer Leon Feininger geheiratet. Nach der Hochzeit sind die Beid...
  • Gesil
    Gegen den Willen ihrer Eltern heiratet Isabelle den Profiradfahrer Leon Feininger und folgt ihm in sein Heimatdorf. Doch das Leben in Nothzeit gestaltet sich anders, als von der jungen Frau erhofft und umso glücklicher ist Isabelle, als das Ehepaar nach einer Erbschaft in die Champagne übersiedelt, um dort ein Weingut zu übernehmen.Hier hat Isabelle zum ersten Mal das Gefühl, wirklich zu Hause zu sein und als Leon keinerlei Anstalten macht, s...
  • Katie
    Just as mindless as book #1. Keeps my mind off reality. I read a great review of this by another Goodreads reader,Evalina, describing this as a cozy light book about women, and the genre as light and simple. Read her review.
  • Theresa Bearegard
    I love this author! Her books are very well researched, yet her explanations do take away from the story. Can't wait for the third installment.
  • Elaine
    I won a Kindle copy of The Champagne Queen from a Goodreads Giveaway.This is the first book I've read by Ms. Durst-Benning and though I have not read the first book in this trilogy, it works well as a stand alone.This book was a refreshing change from the books I usually read; dark thrillers about serial killers and nutjobs so maybe that's the reason I found the story too long at times, some scenes of domestic life boring and dull but that's what...
  • Kimberly Workman
    Good bookThis book was hard to put down I think I read it in two days and just when you think it's over there's more twists and turns in the story good book
  • Patricia Locati
    LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It's the 2nd in a trilogy. I have already read the first book in this trilogy by this German author. I loved the first book too!! Not sure when the 3rd book will come out - but I will be standing by - ready to download it onto my Kindle. Both books take place in the late 1800's - the first book was about when cycling first came on the scene and how some people had the view that women shouldn't be on a bike! ha! The...
  • Audrey Terry
    This... was not great. The whirlwind romance, tragedy at every corner, the post partum depression, the sudden recovery, the child with a handicap, the spousal abuse that is never resolved, the miraculous business success from a woman who has no idea what she's doing, the happily ever after ending! It's all just too much. This book skims some major issues of the times, but in a way that makes it feel like the author wanted to hit all of them as qu...
  • Patricia Spagnoli
    Terrific storyThe Champagne Queen (The Century Trilogy Book 2) by Petra Durst-Henning is another winner from this writer. This time the story ventures into the Champagne region of France where I found myself rooting for Isabelle to succeed in her efforts learning about and making really good champagne while becoming a strong and capable independent woman. I'm looking forward to book 3 in this series which I hope will be about Clara.
  • Kathy
    This is the second of a trilogy. Can't wait for the third! This is the second trilogy I have read by this author and I have really enjoyed her writings. This one is about three girls who live in Berlin and their lives as they age. They are now all grown with lives of their own. I could not wait to get back to the book at the end of the day to see what was going on in their lives.
  • Anne
    Hach ja, das war mal wieder schön. Auch wenn ich keinen Champagner trinke, war hier das Grundthema doch sehr viel interessanter als Josefines Fahrradgeschichte. Leider blieb auch hier alles wieder furchtbar vorhersehbar, da erhoffe ich mir vom dritten Teil vielleicht ein wenig mehr. Andererseits freue ich mich aber auch darauf, dass es dann hoffentlich endlich ein glückliches Ende für Clara gibt.
  • Sharon
    A very interesting book. I learned so much about champagne and the amount of work it takes to produce it. The characters were very well defined and seemed to jump from the page at times. So much sorrow and hardship and, at the same time so much joy. I wish I could have given this 4.5 instead of a 4. It was a very real story.
  • Deborah Kilgore
    The author has done it again!Once again Petra has kept me engaged throughout the entire book and has continued to teach me again about another subject... in this case Champagne. Her books are always a great read topped off with waiting foe the next book (or series) to come along.
  • Domic
    Hat mir gut gefallen - umso mehr, als ich es gelesen habe,kurz bevor ich auf eine Messe gereist bin, auf der es immer jede Menge französischen Champagner gibt. Die Vorleserin war jetzt nicht so ganz meins - aber den ersten Teil der "Jahrhundertwind"-Trilogie um die Freundinnen Clara, Josefine und Isabelle mag ich auch noch lesen. Und den dritten auch, wenn er dann erschienen ist.