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    My favorite kind of book

    The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel is an historical fiction novel and a dual timeline novel (which is my favorite thing). The story follows three women, two during World War II who live and work at a vineyard because both of their husbands are involved in winemaking. And one woman in 2019 who is dealing with a divorce and is taken to France by her grandmother, who has a mysteries reason for wanting to go there. The majority of the book follows the World War II storyline and the two women who are struggling to deal with life under Nazi occupation and the stress that their husbands and themselves are under. Ines is young and does not want to understand the gravity of life under the German occupation and consequently doesn’t always make the best decisions. Celine is part Jewish, separated from her family, has heard the rumors about what is happening to the Jewish people, and fears for her family. The historical part of the story reminds me very much of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, because there is the sense of impending doom and the constant battle between characters as to how to get through the war. Does one resist and risk death? Or remain silent and hope to escape the Nazi’s notice? In the contemporary part of the story Olivia, Liv, is heartbroken from her divorce to a man her grandmother never liked. She is glad to have an excuse to go to France with her wealthy grandmother (and she doesn’t seem to have much of a life outside her husband). Once there, the 97-year-old woman begins acting strangely, which adds a bit of mystery element, since it is logical that the two parts of the book must connect. I don’t think the mystery was too difficult to solve, but it is interesting to see it unfold. Overall, The Winemaker’s Wife reminds me most of The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. I read that book last summer and loved it, and Kristin Harmel recommends the book herself in the Author’s note. What I like most about Harmel’s writing in this book is that she takes a difficult time in history and writes about it with gravity and respect, but also gives the reader a break from the past every three chapters with the modern story. This kept me from getting too sunk into despair while reading, but also reminded me of how much the past effects the future and who we are. This was a 5 star book for me because it had all the things I love: complex characters, difficult struggles, some history, some hope, a strong sense of place and a touch of romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. But this is one of those books that I would love to keep, so I imagine I’ll be buying it some day.
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    Amazing read!

    This was sooooo good!!! A really unique story that had me on the edge of my seat. The characters were so well laid out and complex. Waiting for a friend to finish reading it so we can discuss!
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    Informative, beautiful, and tragic!

    The 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 consequences; Céline Laurent, the half-Jewish wife of Chauveau’s winemaker who lives in constant fear of the advancing Germans except when deep within the vineyard caves where she finds solace, hope, contentment, and love; and Liv Kent, a recently divorced American who journeys to France at the request of her grandmother only to uncover a family history that’s littered with secrets, betrayals, and sacrifices. The prose is preceptive, vivid, and sincere. The characters are courageous, vulnerable, and resilient. And the plot is a heartrending tale that gives us a unique view into the struggles, sacrifices, horrors, and bravery of those who lived and survived in the Champagne region during this heinous time in history. The Winemaker’s Wife is, ultimately, a story about life, love, loss, deception, determination, perseverance, resistance efforts, intricacies of winemaking, and the importance of forgiveness. It’s pensive, moving, and thoroughly absorbing and a fantastic choice for historical fiction fans and book clubs everywhere.
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    A wonderful read

    I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Kristin Harmel, and Gallery Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this historical novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. The Winemaker's Wife is an excellent historical novel based on a great deal of background research by the author, Kristin Harmel. The locale is confined for the most part to the Champagne area of France, the imagined Maison Chauveau of Ville-Dommange based on several actual vineyards in that storied valley and the township of Reims. We have alternating timelines from the Second World War years in the voices of Ines Chauveau, wife of winery owner Michel, and Celine Laurent, wife of Michel's chef de cave, Theo. The modern times are presented in the voice of Olivia Thierry Kent (Chauveau) and the reluctant memories of 99-year-old Grandma Edith. These travels back and forth in time are easily followed, the personalities sharp and well defined, the mystery buried deep. Whether you are a history buff, have a WWII interest or love a good love story, this book is for you. The Winemaker's Wife is a novel I will treasure and will read again when the mood strikes. It is a novel I am happy to refer to friends and family. This novel can take you there.
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    A real page-turner

    This story is done in a now and then format. Now is Olivia "Liv" Kent in New York, newly divorced from her husband Eric, when whirlwind 99-year-old grandmother Edith Thierry drops in and announces she is taking Liv to France. Then is the story of France during WWII at the Champagne House Maison Chauveau which is run by Michel and his wife Ines along with Theo and his wife Celine. A lot of very interesting happenings occur over the span from 1940 until June 2019. I loved this book. It is very well written, very interesting and I felt the characters were very well developed. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this fantastic book which was a page turner.
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