The Winemaker's Wife

The Winemaker's Wife

Book - 2019
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"At the dawn of the Second World War, Inès is the young wife of Michel, owner of the House of Chauveau, a small champagne winery nestled among rolling vineyards near Reims, France. Marrying into a storied champagne empire was supposed to be a dream come true, but Inès feels increasingly isolated, purposely left out of the business by her husband; his chef de cave, Theo; and Theo’s wife, Sarah. But these disappointments pale in comparison to the increasing danger from German forces pouring across the border. At first, it’s merely the Nazi weinführer coming to demand the choicest champagne for Hitler’s cronies, but soon, there are rumors of Jewish townspeople being rounded up and sent east to an unspeakable fate. The war is on their doorstep, and no one in Inès’s life is safe—least of all Sarah, whose father is Jewish, or Michel, who has recklessly begun hiding munitions for the Résistance in the champagne caves. Inès realizes she has to do something to help. Sarah feels as lost as Inès does, but she doesn’t have much else in common with Michel’s young wife. Inès seems to have it made, not least of all because as a Catholic, she’s “safe.” Sarah, on the other hand, is terrified about the fate of her parents—and about her own future as the Germans begin to rid the Champagne region of Jews. When Sarah makes a dangerous decision to follow her heart in a desperate bid to find some meaning in the ruin, it endangers the lives of all those she cares about—and the champagne house they’ve all worked so hard to save. In the present, Liv Kent has just lost her job—and her marriage. Her wealthy but aloof Grandma Edith, sensing that Liv needs a change of scenery before she hits rock bottom, insists that Liv accompany her on a trip to France. But the older woman has an ulterior motive—and some difficult but important information to share with her granddaughter. As Liv begins to uncover long-buried family secrets, she finds herself slowly coming back to life. When past and present intertwine at last, she may finally find a way forward, along a difficult road that leads straight to the winding caves beneath the House of Chauveau."
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
Edition: Gallery Books Canadian export edition.
ISBN: 9781982112295
Characteristics: 389 pages ;,23 cm


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Oct 02, 2020

One of the worst books I've ever read. Something is wrong when all the main characters are so unlikeable and you are happy as they meet their end. It felt like this had been written by a high schooler pumping out their first romance novel. Even the modern day character it was hard to feel any sympathy or want to like her. Don't bother if you like a book with any depth.

Sep 24, 2020

I have read so many WW2 books and I always think "here we go again" but this book kept me gripped from beginning until end. It's not a happy book...more Nazis killing people. I could totally relate to the female characters and what they were feeling, doing, and enduring. I learned a little bit about champagne, wineries, and France as well. Great read!

Aug 24, 2020

Don't waste your time. Characters shallow and un-believable. I was so disappointed that I didn't even finish the book.

Jul 10, 2020

I actually really enjoyed this read and had it done in a day. I will say I found it predictable and had predicted the "twists" very early on. It may just be a little too of a happy ending for me however, which is fine I suppose.

Jun 02, 2020

The history was of interest. I found the female characters lacking in my ability to relate to.

Feb 13, 2020

a fabulous book, a definite great read. Would recommend it highly-will not disappoint. Lots of interesting twists and turns that keep you interested and reading more.!!!

Feb 06, 2020

This is my second Kristen Harmel book (Room over Rue Amelie being the first), and while she writes very readable books, I don't think her publisher does her any favours by comparing her work to The Alice Network or The Nightingale. The expectations are too great for this book to match, and the reader will be disappointed. However, knowing her writing style, I was not expecting a blockbuster, and enjoyed the book for what it is - light, easy reading. Yes, it is based during the war, but the focus is character and very little of the actual resistance is involved. If you're looking for a quick, 'chick lit' type book, this is for you. If you want a heavy, war-focused novel, move along. Cheers!

Jan 19, 2020

Poor attempt at a "Nightingale" type novel.
It's a "My husband doesn't understand me"
Rather than WWII resistance novel.
Interesting title.
Interesting book jacket.
Written at young adult level.

Jan 09, 2020

Enjoyed this book. Simply entertaining, uncomplicated. Enjoyed Kristin Harmels style of writing.

VaughanPLKim Dec 29, 2019

Although it was quite interesting to read about how the Champagne houses in France used their cellars to smuggle weapons and hide Jewish refugees during World War II, I found myself getting frustrated with the characters, especially Ines. She was just too naïve to be believable, not to mention incredibly selfish. I did enjoy learning a bit about how Champagne is made.

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