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, Paranormal, Fiction, Witches

Reviews The Vine Witch (Vine Witch, #1)

  • 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.
  • gwendalyn _books_
    ☽ .* :☆゚. ──🍷── ・ 。゚:☆. *.☽ .* :☆゚. ──🍷── 。゚:☆. *☽This book was received as an early ARC from the publisher and Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own . http://gwendalynbooks.wordpress.comSorcière Elena Boureanu, is Château Renard’s Vine Witch. She was brought to live as as an apprentice to Monsieur and Madame GardinElena,...
  • Keryn
    Magic in the air!Considering this is the authors debut novel it is absolute M A G I C!!!! WE start in the swamp of all places. Slightly confusing at first until we realize it's the inner monologue of a toad of all things. Confusing, until we learn she's actually a woman that's been trapped in toad form for seven years by someone unknown. We're introduced to a magical landscape in more ways than one. The French countryside full of vineyards and da...
  • 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...
  • Erin
    A twisty plot involving wine and witches, stitched together with intrigue and romance. Set in the Chanceaux valley, a wine making region in France, this book is jam-packed with atmosphere. I loved feeling like I was at a particular moment in time in a world new to electricity and motor cars, but experienced in hex-work and witchcraft. Lush writing and evocative storytelling. Highly recommend if you enjoy stories with magic, witches, and especiall...
  • Robyn Puffenbarger
    Fun mixThis was a fun mix of magic and wine. Neat plot and fun characters. Quick read for evenings with a glass of good red in your hand.
  • Sandee Rock
    Wine, witches, and magicI really enjoyed The Vine Witch. After seven years of being cursed and turned into a toad, Elena comes back to the vinard, the only home she has ever known, only to find that her adopted grandmother, a vine witch, has sold the house and property to a mortal. She is angry. Angry that her home is sold and angry towards the man that she thinks cursed her. But things aren’t always what they seem in life and love and Elena, t...
  • Megan
    Its terroir was her blood, its mist her breath, its soil her bones, its harvest her unborn child. 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 ma...
  • 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...
  • Lenora Good
    How would you like to be suddenly turned into a toad and spend the next seven years of your life eating things that fly while avoiding the local swamp fox? Uh, not. Elena didn't particularly like it, either, and when she managed to break the curse, only because she was able to maintain a wee part of her training during the transformation, she wants to know who did it to her, and seek her revenge.A vine witch, she is adept at producing good wines....
  • Leigh
    The Vine Witch is the story of Elena, a vine witch. She breaks the curse that was placed in her years before the story starts and the book follows her journey as she plots her revenge.The book is written in 3rd person, the narrative switching between Elena and Jean-Paul, the man who has bought Elena's vineyard in her absence. I found the book very easy to read and I think it flowed well. There are mentions of violence and death and a few sex scen...
  • 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...
  • Jo Anne
    After 7 years cursed as a toad, vine witch Elena manages to reverse the spell and become human again. She heads back to the vineyard that was her home all her life. She is a skilled vine witch and she wants to make wine again. She also wants to kill the man who had the curse put on her, her fiancé. She returns home to discover the vineyard is under a curse and has been sold to a young lawyer from the city, who fancies himself a vintner. But with...
  • Mrs E A Noblett
    Unexpectedly magicalThis is not my usual reading taste, if I am honest, I only chose it because it was free! How pleased I am that I did. This is, surprisingly for its type, an excellent read, all written, beautifully constructed and lovingly done. A story that sucks you in, slowly but inevitably, to be read in one sitting. A world has been created that is imbued with magic and imagination that one truly believes in as a real place. A love story ...
  • 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...
  • Portia
    Really beautiful writing but a bit underdeveloped This author has a beautiful talent for weaving a story and world building. This was an enjoyable read that sucked me in easily. My only complaint is the lack of character relationship building. I didn’t care about the relationship between Jean Paul and Elena because the tender moments were never shown. They interacted a few times and then were expected to believe they are in love? This story wou...
  • cherubEagleEyes
    Supernatural/Fantasy/Fairytale lovers will soon be addictedGot this free on first reads, glad that I chose it...I do quite like fantasy/Supernatural stories, passed couple nice enjoyable hours.Elena, a young witch that emerges from a 7year curse suddenly finds her world upended The author, Lianne G. Smith, has done a smashing story. Smooth writing, making a spectacular read, a story that can be read within matter of few hours.The story will keep ...
  • Jm
    An interesting story that is pieced together as much as it unfolds about the truths behind a cursing and a world set in an alternate world of a hundred years past in a wine region in France. There is green magic, cheap, magic ... black and blood magic. And, of course, romance.The was a Kindle First Read book, so I downloaded it for free. The story was interesting but it seemed to take some big leaps that left me wondering "wait, when did *that* h...
  • Brad
    Wine, Witches, and Wanting-Nice Brew for a Great StoryMix together wine, witches, and wanting power and romance with a cast of interesting characters and you have the potential for a great story. When you add good character development, protagonists you can like, and an interesting set of mysteries you end up with a book you can’t stop reading.From the moment we meet Elena as she transforms from a cursed form as a frog into her real self, we ar...
  • TessaTalksBooks
    A nice story that skirts fantasy and mystery genresThe Vine Witch is a story surprising in its simplicity, thrilling in its action, and just a good-ole fun story. In the early 1900s, witches who focused on a trade were the norm. This story focuses on Elena, who is a witch that specializes in helping wine grapes grow to perfection. Through the course of the story, she is cursed, framed for murder, and on the run as she races to save her new found ...
  • Jill Kalas
    Wine and witchcraftThis was a fast read for me. I haven't read a book on witches on quiet a while. It was well written and easy to understand. Without using a bunch of confusing magical words or crazy potions. It touched briefly on the torture of witches in the past, and how they have changed with the times of modern life. The magic is still there regardless of science or machines. And there are still those who would hunt down a witch and have he...
  • Melissa
    From the very first page Ms Smith’s writing captured my attention. And she never let it go. This book is simply amazing. Her writing is engaging, her storyline intriguing, the history of the story just enough to wish you lived in that world rather than this one. There’s a mystery, magic, and just enough attraction that it isn’t slammed in your face but still leaves you sighing. When a story is written in such a way you love side characters ...
  • Austin Hartsfield
    I enjoyed thisI really enjoyed this. Fresh new concept that hasn't been explored before, good historical base for the characters, and I love a strong female lead who doesn't come off as bratty or pretentious. The romance could have been a bit stronger, and I think on the next book the author could improve on "showing" and not telling. One other thing that prevented me from giving 5 stars was the antagonist in the "who done it" plot line was very ...
  • Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
    Had a hard time putting it down. Not my normal cozy little mystery at all. Nor was it by any means one of my "instruction" books. This novel was essentially the story of a woman tricked away from the man she loved who returns to a new owner at her cherished home. It is the story of opposites attracting and friendships forming. When Elena's former fiance ends up murdered and numerous animal sacrifices have been noted, the authorities look to her. ...
  • Leah
    As a lover of fantasy, I'm pretty used to reading books that have different settings and characters but similar magical systems, and I'm totally cool with that. Because I love fantasy, and I love that there are some aspects of the genre that are canon. But, it's always nice discovering something completely new (to me). That's this. I haven't read many books that follow witchcraft in nature/natural settings, and having a gift surrounding wine and ...
  • Sherry Fortner
    Outstanding new author!!Did you ever finish a free book and think, “I will buy the next book she writes. Hope it’s soon.”? This is one of those rare books by a talented author that lets you live inside the story for a while. I love the storyline, the characters, the world. There was not one jarring note in the entire story. Her organization and development are as brilliant as her imagination. Excellent fiction without a single ripped bodice...
  • Angela
    Cute story for what it was. I enjoyed the world building/magic aspect of it, and it was certainly a unique premise, a witch that helps the vineyard she belongs to thrive, but I just wasn’t sold on one of the most important parts of the story: the romance. It felt forced, there was no real lead up/getting to know each other period and I just didn’t buy this reckless passion they were supposed to have felt for each other because they went from ...