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Hose they love and the champagne house that ties them togetherNew 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 Chauvea. I received a free copy of The Winemaker s Wife by Kristin Harmel from Goodreads for my honest opinionA wonderful work of Historical Fiction with dual time lines that take place between World War II and present day The focus of the story is on a champagne house in the Champagne region of France A story of a woman who spent her whole life trying to make amends for mistakes she made in her youth There are twists and turns within this story you never see comingThe characters are wonderful and real and full of life The writing is brilliant and you will feel the struggles each character faces Absolutely brilliant

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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 NightingaleChampagne 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. The synopsis provided for this story is a bit misleading Less than 15% of the story deals with the French Resistance and over it goes into little to no details about what they did other than hiding the munitions as stated in the synopsis The members are never named the groups are unknown and the effect of their cause is anonymous The reader never sees the outcome of what came from their help with the resistance and there is no action regarding the resistance movementThe premise for this book was an interesting concept showing a different perspective of WWII German occupied citizens the winemakers It was interesting that they were treated differently since the Nazi soldiers needed booze and I would have liked interaction between themThis novel relishes in marital problems affairs and wine The chapters alternate between Liz Ines and Celine The reader is uickly made aware of Liz s divorce in 2019 which causes her to fly to Reims France to stay with her 99 year old spunky Grandma Edith Meanwhile set in 1943 during German occupied France Ines and Celine both express their own marital problems The first half of the book primarily focuses on Ines and Celine s relationship problems with their spouses Ines constantly feels left out and insignificant and for the reader it freuently feels like she is whining and can become annoying to suffer through the pages of her moaning about no one caring about her Overall there was little depth to the main characters so none of them really resonated with me I didn t like any of the characters set in the past and I felt like it was hard to get to know them as a reader On the other hand I did like Grandma Edith and it was her relationship with Liv and the connection that was to be made between her and the past that caused me to keep reading The ending was carefully crafted and enjoyable This is a good light read for those interested in both romance and wine There are pages and pages beautifully describing how wine is made Thank you to Gallery Books Kristin Harmel and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review Cities of God perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The NightingaleChampagne 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. The synopsis Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone premise for this book was an interesting concept showing a different Pretend God Is Deaf perspective of WWII German occupied citizens the winemakers It was interesting that they were treated differently since the Nazi soldiers needed booze and I would have liked interaction between themThis novel relishes in marital Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide problems affairs and wine The chapters alternate between Liz Ines and Celine The reader is uickly made aware of Liz s divorce in 2019 which causes her to fly to Reims France to stay with her 99 year old spunky Grandma Edith Meanwhile set in 1943 during German occupied France Ines and Celine both express their own marital Las Puertas Del Amor problems The first half of the book Discoveries primarily focuses on Ines and Celine s relationship Idenics pages of her moaning about no one caring about her Overall there was little depth to the main characters so none of them really resonated with me I didn t like any of the characters set in the Night Owl Loonette past and I felt like it was hard to get to know them as a reader On the other hand I did like Grandma Edith and it was her relationship with Liv and the connection that was to be made between her and the Deadshifted (Edie Spence, past that caused me to keep reading The ending was carefully crafted and enjoyable This is a good light read for those interested in both romance and wine There are El agujero del infierno pages and The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) pages beautifully describing how wine is made Thank you to Gallery Books Kristin Harmel and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

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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 fateWhen 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 t. Rating 35 stars rounded down to 3 starsThis is a dual timeline book mainly focusing on northern France during WWII There are some contemporary chapters interwoven which helped propel the storyline I m giving the book 35 stars rounded down to 3 stars This book s genre is Historical Fiction For me there were not enough historical details about the French Resistance in the Champagne region of France during the war to sink my teeth into It often felt like a Romance or Chic LitWomen s Fiction genre book There was a lot going on with the three main protagonists in the WWII era There is Michel Chauveau and his recently wed wife Ines Also in the mix are Theo and Celine Laurent Michel recently inherited Maison Chauveau upon the death of his father He has worked hard to learn the wine specifically the champagne business Maison Chauveau is uniue Michel s grandfather dug an elaborate system of caves under the main house The grapes are made into champagne in the caves The resulting bottles are stored and tended in the caves to until they are ready for market Much of the dramatic action of the book takes place in the cavesTheo is Michel s chef du cave cellar master His half Jewish wife Celine was raised in a winemaking family from Burgundy She is a good resource for many facets of the wine making process Ines is the odd person out in this mix She has no wine making experience She soon feels real and imagined slights from Michel and Celine Her feeling of exclusion leads her to make some bad decision have catastrophic unintended conseuences However she is not the only one with unclean hands Then we have the modern story of Grandma Edith and Liv While reading the modern chapters I was usually impatient to return to the WWII era to see what new scrapes this foursome was encountering This was a brutal time of German occupation French citizens collaborating with the Germans and French Resistance networks Those elements were touched upon in the story Michel was working for the Resistance I would have liked to read about that work in the book The story often dipped into RomanceChic Lit levels of angst especially in the modern storyline I would recommend this book to wine making aficionados who want to learn about the Champagne region during WWII I would also recommend it to readers who usually enjoy Women s Fiction and want to learn about this region in France during WWII The Author s Notes at the end of the book also gave resources for continued research about this era and region and the backstory of how the book came about I appreciated having that information Thank You to NetGalley the publisher Gallery Pocket Books and the author Kristin Harmel for providing a free e ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “The Winemaker's Wife

  1. says:

    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 cathedra

  2. says:

    France wine WWII present day and love all of this wrapped into one amazing difficult to put down readWe meet Inez Celine Michel Thor Liv and Liv's French grandmother Edith as the story moves back and forth in timeWe find out about the lives of the winemakers during the war and a secret that grandmother has kept for many years as well as a connection that the vineyards a restaurant and the characters have to b

  3. says:

    The synopsis provided for this story is a bit misleading Less than 15% of the story deals with the French Resistance; and over it goes into little to no details about what they did other than hiding the munition

  4. says:

    Informative beautiful and tragicThe Winemaker’s Wife is a stirring immersive story set in France during the early 1940s as well present day that is told primarily from three different perspectives; Inès Chauveau a young wife who after feeling neglected and misunderstood naively makes choices that have far reaching life changing conseuences; Céline Laurent the half Jewish wife of Chauveau’s winemaker who lives in constant fe

  5. says:

    This is one of those times where I feel finishing the book was redemption This book features the Champagne area of France during WWII We have alternating storylines with Ines Chauvin Edith Thierry and Celine Laurent in the 1940's and present

  6. says:

    Rating 35 stars rounded down to 3 starsThis is a dual timeline book mainly focusing on northern France during WWII There are some contemporary chapters interwoven which helped propel the storyline I’m giving the book 35 stars rounded down to 3 stars This book’s genre is Historical Fiction For me there were not enough historical details about the French Resistance in the Champagne region of France during the war to

  7. says:

    My thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest

  8. says:

    3 champagne starsThis is a well researched historical fiction tale set in the champagne region of France mostly during WWII I truly enjoyed learning about the process of maintaining a vineyard the process for making champagne and a bit about what the inhabitants of this region did as part of the French resistanceThe thre

  9. says:

    I received a free copy of The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel from Goodreads for my honest opinionA wonderful work of Historical Fiction with dual time lines that take place between World War II and present day

  10. says:

    What a story It’s both complex yet simple and embodies the feelings ideas and fears of people and how they vary in extreme situations in this case WWII You may be thinking another WWII book; let me assure you there are thousands of WWII stories that are all very different and worth telling Kristin Harmel tells one of t

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