The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1) by Luanne G. Smith

The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

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, a...

Details The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

TitleThe Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)
Release DateOct 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance

Reviews The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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 frustrati...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    DNF at 35% Whomever wrote the blurb for this book should be given a talking to. Not once in that entire blurb does it mention romance, love interest, growing attraction, or any of the key words I would expect given the clear and obvious intent of The Vine Witch to be a romance novel. It's okay for it to be a romance novel, but tell me that up-front so that I'm not disappointed. Luanne G. Smith does a few other disservices to her novel in the firs...
  • sarah xoxo
    S U M M A R Y 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...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    4 wining StarsA 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.
  • HBalikov
    Not my cup of wineMy 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 an...
  • Constantine
    Rating: 3.0/5.0Genre:FantasySet in France in the Chanceaux Valley. After 7 years of being cursed and trapped in a toad body the vine witch, Elena Boureanu breaks the curse and it is the time take revenge from the person who she thinks has cursed her (Her fiance Bastien Du Monde). When she returns to the vineyard she used to live and work in she finds out that it is sold and the owner is Jean-Paul Martel who does not want to do anything with witch...
  • Gary
    This book was a decent read. It went quickly. It was really filler for me that landed in between a couple of other books I am reading, and it served it’s purpose. The characters were fairly well developed (at least the major ones were) and the plot was simplistic and straightforward.It’s a revenge story- a vine witch is back to get revenge on the person that she is fairly sure cast a nasty spell on her. The magic system shows a lot of potenti...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    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.
  • pagesofchapters
    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 Th...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 handsom...
  • Keri
    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 ...
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    Well-written and intriguing, The Vine Witch is a short novel you'll want to sip and savor. The writing was my favorite aspect because it flowed so eloquently. The story has a unique flavor and cast of characters. If you're in the mood for a different kind of witch story, you've found it.
  • N.W. Moors
    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 hi...
  • Jackie
    Hooray for a complete storyNicely 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 w...
  • Alaina
    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...
  • Marta Cox
    Three and a halfI 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 . S...
  • ☕️Kimberly
    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 pra...
  • 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 lo...
  • ⭐ Roxie Voorhees ⭐
    *almost DNFd at 50%*For years, French wine has been perfected by witchcraft. These women, called vine witches, cast spells to ripen grapes and age barrels more rapidly. In this full-bodied supernatural mystery/romance, Elena breaks her seven year curse with one objective, revenge. She returns to Chateau Renard to assist its current owner, Jean-Paul Martel, remove hexes from his vineyard. Jean-Paul is a man of science. Elena must hide her true ide...
  • Melike
    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.
  • Somia
    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 g...
  • Lukasz
    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 r...
  • warhawke
    Genre: Historical FantasyType: Standalone Book 1 of 2 from Vine Witch duetPOV: Third Person Rating: 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 k...
  • 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...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "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 ...
  • Ian
    I'm so happy. The Vine Witch is perfect. From the first page to the last, I cannot fault this book.
  • Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
    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)[from bierhexen to jinni to a m...
  • Obsidian
    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 c...