The Winemaker's Wifeby Published 13 Aug 2019
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The author of the engrossing international bestseller The Room on Rue Amélie returns with a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II, perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.
Champagne, 1940: Inès has just married Michel, the owner of storied champagne house Maison Chauveau, when the Germans invade. As the danger mounts, Michel turns his back on his marriage to begin hiding munitions for the Résistance. Inès fears they’ll be exposed, but for Céline, half-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s chef de cave, the risk is even greater—rumors abound of Jews being shipped east to an unspeakable fate.
When Céline recklessly follows her heart in one desperate bid for happiness, and Inès makes a dangerous mistake with a Nazi collaborator, they risk the lives of those they love—and the champagne house that ties them together.
New York, 2019: Liv Kent has just lost everything when her eccentric French grandmother shows up unannounced, insisting on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive—and a tragic, decades-old story to share. When past and present finally collide, Liv finds herself on a road to salvation that leads right to the caves of the Maison Chauveau.
The Winemaker's Wife Reviews
FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON AUGUST 13.
France, wine, WWII, present day, and love - all of this wrapped into one amazing, difficult-to-put-down read.
THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE is another marvelous, intriguing read of the resiliency and determination of the French people and the entire European population.
Ms. Harmel weaved a beautiful tale filled with authentic characters and a story line that kept me turning the pages to learn more as well as cry with the characters.
Absolutely LOVED this book. Do not miss reading this book. 5/5
This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest revie
I read this book in two days. It was awsome! The author takes you from a frindship to a marriage and all the way to the granddaughter... I is full of history and wine making struggles and WWII. I truly loved it. I recommend it to anyone. I am not a history buff, but this was really good.
An exceptionally researched, beautiful story about love, life, perseverance, and courage during a time of tremendous upheaval and harrowing, horrific times.
Full review to follow shortly.
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Shuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.
Kristin Harmel presents a well researched and detailed story set in wartime Reims France( 1938-1943) and the other in contemporary France( 2019). I gravitated to this story because I have visited Reims and its gorgeous cathedral Notre-Dame-de- Reims( the site in which many French monarchs were crowned) and was intrigued at the angle of the champagne industry and it's resistance during German occupation. Also, I did enjoy the author's 2018 book The Room on Rue Amelie
But what often had me considering DNFing or giving this a lower rating on Goodreads was the descent into historical romance. Michel, Ines, Cecile, and Theo were all so weak and I honestly hated all of them. It was so incredibly difficult to relate to characters that just kept cheating on each other( Ines, Cecile, Michel) or stuck their heads in the sand( Theo). I totally get it that ordinary people do exist and they cannot all be superheros, but this book hurt my heart.
In the contemporary storyline, American Liv and her grandmother, Edith arrive in Reims where Liv is told that this trip is significant. Of course, a romance is thrown into the mix and the big "reveal" was not a surprise at all.
Goodreads Review 16/06/19
Publication Date 09/07/19
Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and author Ms. Kristin Harmel for this Advanced readers copy.
The Winemaker's Wife, written by Kristin Harmel, is an engaging Historical Fiction novel inspired by real events. Those events took place in the Champagne Region of France during the dark days of The French Occupation by the Nazi's of World War II.
3 couples trying to survive the horrors their lives have now become, making choices based out of need, personal greed and desperation. Right or wrong, this is their story.
From 1940's France to modern day New York, the choices these characters made leave a lasting mark on those they have yet to meet, but all are forever linked in ways they could never imagine.
Blending the past with the present, forgiveness for choices made comes at a price...but is it ever really repaid?