The Winemaker's Wife

The Winemaker's Wife

by Kristin Harmel

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Instant #1 bestseller from The Globe and Mail (Toronto) and The Toronto Star

“Love and betrayal, forgiveness and redemption combine in a heady tale of the ever-present past…fantastic!” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

The author of the “engrossing” (People) 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982112318
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 693
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie and The Sweetness of Forgetting, along with several other novels. Her work has been featured in PeopleWoman’s Day, Men’s Health, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among many other media outlets. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

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The Winemaker’s Wife


  • MAY 1940

    The road snaked over the lush vineyards of Champagne as Inès Chauveau sped southwest out of Reims, clouds of dust ballooning in the wake of her glossy black Citroën, wind whipping ferociously through her chestnut hair. It was May, and already the vines were awakening, their buds like tiny fists reaching for the sun. In weeks they would flower, and by September, their grapes—pale green Chardonnay, inky Pinot Meunier, blueberry-hued Pinot Noir—would be plump and bursting for the harvest.

    But would Inès still be here? Would any of them? A shiver ran through her as she braked to hug a curve, the engine growling in protest as she turned down the road that led home. Michel would tell her she was driving too quickly, too recklessly. But then, he was cautious about everything.

    In June, it would be a year since they’d married, and she couldn’t remember a day during that time that he hadn’t gently chided her about something. I’m simply looking out for you, Inès, he always said. That’s what a husband is supposed to do. Lately, nearly all his warnings had been about the Germans, who’d been lurking just on the other side of the impenetrable Maginot Line, the fortified border that protected France from the chaos besetting the rest of Europe. Those of us who were here for the Great War know to take them seriously, he said at least once a day, as if he hadn’t been just four years old when the final battle was waged.

    Of course Inès, younger than Michel by six years, hadn’t yet been born when the Germans finally withdrew from the Marne in 1918, after nearly obliterating the central city of Reims. But her father had told enough tales about the war—usually while drunk on brandy and pounding his fist against the table—that she knew to be wary.

    You can never trust the Huns! She could hear her father’s deep, gravelly voice in her ear now, though he’d been dead for years. They might play the role of France’s friend, but only fools would believe such a thing.

    Well, Inès was no fool. And this time, for once, she would bring the news that changed everything. She felt a small surge of triumph, but as she raced into Ville-Dommange, the silent, somber, seven-hundred-year-old Saint-Lié chapel that loomed over the small town seemed to taunt her for her pettiness. This wasn’t about who was wrong and who was right. This was about war. Death. The blood of young men already soaking the ground in the forests to the northeast. All the things her husband had predicted.

    She drove through the gates, braked hard in front of the grand two-story stone château, and leapt out, racing for the door that led down to the vast network of underground cellars. “Michel!” she called as she descended two stone steps at a time, the cool, damp air like a bucket of water to the face. “Michel!”

    Her voice echoed through the tangled maze of passageways, carved out of the earth three quarters of a century earlier by her husband’s eccentric great-grandfather. Thousands of champagne bottles rested on their sides there, a small fortune of bubbles waiting for their next act.

    “Inès?” Michel’s concerned voice wafted from somewhere deep within the cellars, and then she could hear footsteps coming closer until he rounded the corner ahead of her, followed by Theo Laurent, the Maison Chauveau’s chef de cave, the head winemaker. “My dear, what is it?” Michel asked as he rushed to her, putting his hands on her shoulders and studying her face. “Are you quite all right, Inès?”

    “No.” She hadn’t realized until then how breathless she was from the news and the drive and the rapid descent into the chill of the cellars. “No, Michel, I’m not all right at all.”

    “What’s happened?” Michel asked while Theo regarded her silently, his expression as impassive as always.

    “It has begun,” Inès managed to say. “The invasion, Michel. The Germans are coming!”

    A heavy silence hung in the damp air. How long would it be before the quiet of the cellars was punctured by the thud of goose-stepping boots overhead? Before everything they’d built was threatened, perhaps destroyed?

    “Well then,” Michel said at last. “I suppose it is time we finish hiding the champagne.”

  • Reading Group Guide

    This reading group guide for The Winemaker’s Wife includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

    Introduction

    The year is 1940, and the Germans are quickly approaching the champagne-producing regions of northern France. As Inès, a young bride, rushes to inform her husband, the owner of a champagne house, of the Nazis’ impending approach, she has no idea how much her life will change over the course of the next five years.

    Many years later, Liv is recovering from a failed marriage and doesn’t know how she’ll start anew. But her eccentric elderly grandmother, Edith, has just the ticket—literally. She whisks Liv off to France, but won’t tell Liv what she’s doing there or how Edith is connected to the city of Reims.

    These two stories in The Winemaker’s Wife, set decades apart, intertwine to tell a gripping narrative of love, loss, the tragedy of war, and the hope that comes from the smallest resistance against evil, set against the lush backdrop of northern France’s champagne vineyards.

    Topics and Questions for Discussion

    1. This novel takes place in the champagne-producing region of France. How does the location play into the plot? Is the setting crucial to the story, or could this book have taken place at any vineyard during World War II?

    2. Inès struggles with her place at the Maison Chauveau. She feels disrespected by her husband and left out of everything important. Did you feel sympathy for Inès’s predicament, or were you frustrated by her focus on her own problems? Or a mix of both?

    3. Michel is not very attentive to Inès and doesn’t notice her attempts to be useful. However, he pays very close attention to Céline. Why do you think Michel was so frustrated with Inès?

    4. Inès looks inward for much of the novel, and as a result, she misses a lot of the horror happening around her. How did you feel about her spending time with a Nazi collaborator? How do you think Inès justified it to herself?

    5. Much of The Winemaker’s Wife revolves around characters being complacent in a time of crisis; therefore, it’s easy for one to be willfully blind to what’s really happening. Are there other times in history where this same observation applies?

    6. Liv has her own struggles, including dealing with the end of her marriage. How does her situation compare with Inés’s predicament?

    7. Céline goes through an emotional journey over the course of the novel, worrying about her family and her own safety. Her story, sadly, is dictated by the times she lived in. Did you feel satisfied with the way it turned out, or did you want Céline’s story to go differently?

    8. Michel feels that he must defy the Nazis in any way he can. How did you feel about his resistance, with his knowing that he was putting others at Maison Chauveau in harm’s way?

    9. Inès tries to help the Resistance, but those around her accuse her of only acting, as a way to prove that she’s useful—in essence, for still having selfish motives. How did you separate her motives from her actions? Is there something inherently selfish in every generous act?

    10. Discuss what you learned about champagne making in The Winemaker’s Wife. How much did you know before you read the novel, and what did you learn from it?

    11. Harmel surprises the reader with a twist, revealing new truths about modern-day Edith’s identity. Did you suspect that this was the case? Did it impact your understanding of the character of Inès?

    12. The selfishness Inès displays has dire consequences at the end of the book. Do you think her work in the Resistance redeemed her?

    Enhance Your Book Club

    1. Buy a selection of champagne to sip while you discuss The Winemaker’s Wife. Can you tell a difference between different champagne houses? What about the differences of varying vintages?

    2. Read The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo, a history of Veuve Clicquot (and a woman who’s mentioned in The Winemaker’s Wife), and compare it with the information presented about champagne making in this book. Discuss how important history and culture is to French winemaking.

    3. Read Wine and War by Don and Petie Kladstrup, which is about French winemakers who resisted the Nazis. Discuss the Resistance techniques depicted in both books and whether they were effective.

    4. Research French dishes that were popular in the 1940s. Have each member bring a dish to share, to celebrate the cuisine present in the novel.

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    The Winemaker's Wife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
    Anonymous 17 days ago
    An exceptionally well written novel that captures the fear of all of France in WWII. The characters are well developed and the plot thickens with every chapter. It's a book that i could not put down.
    Anonymous 27 days ago
    great book !!
    rendezvous_with_reading 8 days ago
    Wine, war, love, betrayal and forgiveness Thank you Gallery Books for a free copy to review! The elements of wine making in France during WW2 and Resistance activity made this novel very appealing to me. Besides the dual time period, the narration in the 1940s is shared both by Ines and Celine. Each woman feels neglected in their marriage. I found Ines a bit wearing at times. She is young, impulsive, and incredibly naïve about the world events taking place around her. Her immaturity is, at times, difficult for her new husband, Michel to bear. In contrast, Celine is worried about the German invasion of France and what it might mean for her and her Jewish family that lives far away. Instead of understanding and sharing her concerns, her husband Theo frustrates her by being immersed in the business of champagne/wine making and dismisses her concerns. Though I didn't always like the actions taken by the characters, I thought the author showed well how a marriage can crack due to external stress and neglect. At times, I thought Ines and Theo seemed a bit unbelievable in acting like ostriches with their heads in the sand, instead of facing the reality around them. However, the more I contemplated their reactions, the more I realized I've seen similar behavior in contemporary times in the way people react to the rapidly changing world around us. Its easy to think that "surely that wont happen here" or "it cant be as bad as they say." The novel shows too, while we might think we can live just for ourselves in searching for happiness, our actions can cause acute pain and dire consequences for others. Through the characters, we see how such times can reveal human weakness in some and build resolve of steel in others. And then there are some who cant forgive themselves and carry a lifelong burden of guilt. The novel is hopeful with acts of love and forgiveness, making it a memorable read
    Anonymous 9 days ago
    The Winemaker’s Wife is a terrific work of Historical Fiction going from the late 1930’s and mid 1940’s while also visiting the present. The story takes you to the vineyards of France during the occupation by the Germans, the story of those who worked for the French Resistance and those who collaborated with the Germans. While there are so many WWII books flooding the market of late, not all are as well written as this. However, not everyone writes as well as Ms. Harmel! Highly recommended.
    deniseadelek 12 days ago
    Have a glass of champagne ready as you read this darling, emotionally-charged piece of historical fiction. This book surprised me in how captivating it was, and I loved how wonderfully woven together the story was!
    Anonymous 15 days ago
    If you like history, this is a great book!
    laur3296 16 days ago
    I just finished this book. Actually, I finished a little bit ago, but had to stop crying before I could write this. This told a story about events that happened during the war. It also told a story during current times. You know how they are going to intersect, but you might be wrong. The chapters alternated the story between the past and now. Every time it switched I was happy to get back to the other story...at the same time I needed it to keep going. In these cases, i often like one story more than the other. But in this case I loved them both. I was drawn into the story, the characters, the history... Thank you to net galley for an advance copy. This didn't affect my review at all. I couldn't put this book down.
    Anonymous 20 days ago
    Set amid the champagne region of northeast France during WW2, this book tells the story of how champagne houses were utilized by the resistance during the war to hide Jews, munitions, and other supplies. After the Germans invade France, winemaker Michel begins hiding munitions in the wine caves beneath his vineyard unbeknownst to this wife, Ines. His chief winemaker has a wife who is half Jewish and as the situation in France becomes more intense, it inevitably is harder and harder to protect her. Ines is a bit reckless and eventually makes a fatal mistake with a Nazi collaborator that inevitably spirals them all into making unexpected decisions to not only protect themselves, but their beloved champagne house. Told in a split story format between WW2 and present day, this is a fantastic story of WW2 historic fiction. 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5).
    Anonymous 20 days ago
    The Winemaker's Wife is a wonderful story of love, betrayal, redemption and resilience. The storyline alternates between 1940 and present day 2019. In 1940, Michel and Ines Chauveau operate the Champagne house Maison Chauveau with their wine maker Theo and and his wife, Celine, who is half Jewish. Celine's life becomes in danger when the Germans invade the region. Michel begins to get involved in the Resistance despite Ines' worries, causing a strain in their marriage. In New York, 2019, Liv Kent has just divorced her husband when her French grandmother whisks her away to Champagne with a story to tell. As the story unravels, you find out about the all the mistakes they have made and how their lives intertwine. This was a very enjoyable read. The story was engrossing and if you are a wine lover, you may love it even more. I definitely learned a few things about wine making despite not being a drinker. There's not much mention on the war and the usual heaviness surrounding it, it was more focused on the characters' relationships and wine making. I think fans of Tattooist of Auschwitz would enjoy this! Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery Books for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review!
    whatsbetterthanbooks 22 days ago
    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.
    Anonymous 23 days ago
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster through NetGalley and I’m grateful. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. This book is a historical fiction with a twist on French champagne. I found the story moving and enjoyable. It has some romance, suspense, and, as expected, Nazi abuse. The chapters rotate between WWII in France and current day in US and France. The plot was easy to follow, kept the reader wondering, and tied up all loose ends. At the end, the character, Edith, had a memorable quote that spoke to me: “…you can’t rewrite the past. But you can choose to live with your whole heart in the here and now.” If you enjoy WWII historical fiction, this is a must read.
    Anonymous 24 days ago
    1940 Ines and Michel Chauveau are the owners of Maison Chauveau, a large champagne house. With the war on, they are faced with the Germans coming in and taking much of their bottled champagne. Celine who is part Jewish is married to Theo, the chef du cave. The four of them work together to keep the production going. Ines is flighty and gets bored wanting to enjoy some nightlife. So, she takes the car and drives into Reims to see her good friend, Edith who owns a bar along with her husband. There Ines learns that Edith is working with the Resistance. Celine and Michel are attracted to each other and both of passionate about seeing the champagne house prosper. They are also part of the Resistance. 2019 Olivia Kent has been married to Eric for 12 years. After trying for years to have a baby, Eric is divorcing her to marry someone else and hope for that elusive baby. Her grandmother, Edith, lives in Paris and arrives in New York to take Olivia to Paris. Edith, at age 99, is a wealthy woman. There, Olivia meets Julien who is Edith’s long-time attorney. He shows her around Reims and explains how it was nearly totally destroyed in WWII by the Germans. The rebuilding is unique as entities have undertaken and used various designs. Julien is a widower and has a young daughter. They enjoy being together. We see how these families are all related and intertwined in the story. There is love, betrayal, fear, and death in this book. The descriptions of the evil that the Germans inflicted on the French and especially the Jews is well depicted. It shows how the people of France suffered, yet how strong they were to continue to carry on with their lives and families. I enjoyed this book very much. Having lived in France, I have seen the scars of the occupation and the aftermath of the war. I had a friend who was in the Resistance who told me harrowing stories of things she did. The atrocious treatment of Jews is something that this world should never, ever see again. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
    Anonymous 24 days ago
    stayed awake all night to finish this book. Several surprising plot twists, throughly entertaining.
    CynB 25 days ago
    The Winemaker’s Wife, by Kristen Harmel, is another WWII novel set in France, with a dual timeline. As I whined in an earlier review, the convention of dual timelines is getting a bit old. Nonetheless, I loved this book! Set in the Champagne district, it told the complex story of one family’s commitment to the making of champagne and the greater devotion to the resistance, following the Nazi invasion. The second storyline, set in the modern world, tells the story of a woman, grappling with divorce, and feeling alone and adrift in the world. Harmel is a gifted storyteller, creating nuanced characters who range from strong to weak, from stellar to evil. Even when her primary characters commit vile, despicable acts, the author never lets the reader forget their humanity. The plot twists and turns with a few surprises. It does end just a bit too neatly. I confess, however, that I found the ending sublimely satisfying, if not rigidly realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Pocket Books for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    JennaBookish 25 days ago
    Okay. Minority opinion alert. This book currently has a very respectable 4.14 average on Goodreads, so if the synopsis sounds like something you'll love, by all means, don't like my review turn you off of it. But my honest reaction to this novel was mainly disappointment.  To start with, the synopsis gave me an impression of a plot that was firmly rooted in the resistance movement in France. Unfortunately, this all felt very secondary in the novel, and the main thrust of the historical portion of the plot hinges around marital affairs and discord. In and of itself, this could have been a decent focus for a story (despite not being what I was expecting) had the characters involved been a bit more developed. All that being said, there were high stakes for this part of the book and good cause to be emotionally invested in the outcome.  The modern portion of the plot, by contrast, felt tacked-on and lifeless. Liv, much like the characters in the earlier timeline, feel quite underdeveloped, and she was without the benefit of the tension in the HF portion to push the story along. Liv is recently divorced and sad about it. A very obvious romantic interest figure pops into the story when Liv's grandmother, Edith takes her to France, and their romance is delayed to a positively ridiculous degree by a misunderstanding and multiple characters' failure to communicate very basic facts.  Harmel has quite a few novels under her belt, but this one unfortunately read like a debut, in my opinion. The characters were all very shallow, and were often unsympathetic when I believe the author did not intend for them to be. The plot sometimes strained the limits of incredulity, and the more interesting aspects of the story routinely took a back seat to things like wine making and affairs. The rating is comparable to her prior books, however, so I think it's safe to say that fans of her existing work will not be disappointed in this book as I was.  All that being said, I was still prepared to rate this around three stars rather than two until I got to a particular scene that cast the entirety of the book in a bad light for me. I will try to be as vague as possible to avoid giving away huge plot points, but some spoilers are ahead. In a moment of distress, a character (I'll call her person A) confides in a person whom she knows to be a Nazi collaborator. The secrets she gives away lead to the arrest of several people, who then end up in a concentration camp. Years later, one of the characters who has managed to survive the camp (I'll call her person B) makes quite a point of saying that she doesn't blame the person who gave her up to the Nazis. Her reasoning is essentially that Person A was careless but not cruel. Again, I'd like to emphasize that Person A was well aware that her confidant was a Nazi collaborator.  I'm all for victims finding forgiveness for those who have harmed them if it helps them find peace, but Person B is not a real person with autonomy; she is a character being fed lines by an author. Forgiveness can be healing, but there's something about the narrative that seems to frame this as the "correct" choice, and that didn't sit well with me. Perhaps I'm entirely misreading the author's intentions, but this was the impression I left the book with, and it was enough to turn me off of a book I already had a rather lukewarm experience reading.  Again, many readers thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of Harmel's work, please do gi
    Shortcake5 26 days ago
    The Winemaker’s wife by Kristin Harmel focuses on 4 women. Three in Champagne France during WWII– Inès, her best friend Edith and Céline wife of Theo their head wine chef. Then with 99 year old Edith, we meet her granddaughter Olivia in modern day France. We meet the three women as France, Remes , Villa- Dommage & Champagne are being occupied by The Nazi’s. This book is full of betrayal, love, resistance, haunting memories, and terror during the deadliest times for the Jewish people, which Céline is and those who protect them. I was a little hesitant to read another book about WWII because I had just finished reading Sarah’s Key and wasn’t in the mood for another “heavy” read. I’m glad I started in on The Winemaker’s Wife although the era is WWII the setting is far different and so it was easy to move my heart and mind to another book. The Winemaker’s Wife although equally as heavy is different, even with the strength that Sarah had, these three women showed a different type of strength. There were times when I wanted to scream at Inès, for her foolishness and then I was surprised by the turn of events Ms. Harmel creates and started digging into the story more. Like the Wine Cellars of Maison- Chaveau this book becomes deeper and deeper, twistier and twistier, and full of hidden secrets, Ms. Harmel takes a much written about time in history and makes it impossibly so much different than anything else I have read about during WWII. I believe this will be read in many book clubs around the world. Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in lieu of my honest review,
    MerriGib 28 days ago
    We encounter two story lines at the outset of the book. The first is present-day New York, centering on Liv Kent, whose life has pretty much just fallen apart. Enter her storied Aunt Edith, who imperiously whisks Liv off to France and the lovely old city of Reims. The second line is a tale of two women, Inès and Céline, in 1940s France. Gradually as we read, the link between these two women unfolds. It takes most of the book to discover how their stories are related to Liv. This is a dramatic and intricate story, infused with World War II elements of tragedy, betrayal, and brutality, tempered with love, devotion and heroism. All told, I found it a most satisfying experience to unravel the threads of this literary tapestry. At the same time, we learn a lot about the winemaking process, and events in 1940s France. The endnotes offer historical and factual perspective on the fictional story we have just read. My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.
    suesue62 28 days ago
    WOW! What an incredible story, I could not put this book down! Absolutely fascinating, riveting! This was one a my favorite books so far this year :)
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    brf1948 29 days ago
    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.
    LucyMR1 29 days ago
    This is my first time reading this author and I am so glad I did even though this left my heart bleeding. I don’t agree with the choices some of the characters made, but that’s real life. Being young and amidst the chaos of war decisions are made that have repercussions many years later. I’m a big fan of Split Time novels and this didn’t disappoint. The historical aspect I found enlightening as I didn’t realize that winemakers were treated differently because of their ability to provide alcohol to the Germans. I found the writing style to be impeccable and kept me engaged throughout. I enjoyed the twist towards the end that I suspected but wasn’t quite sure of. This is a wonderful book written about difficult situations and circumstances but ends with forgiveness and new beginnings. I always need tissues when reading about WWII and I definitely needed many for this one. I won a copy of this book from Goodreads. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
    Jennifer LaRowe 29 days ago
    The Winemaker's Wife is beautifully written with characters that are flawed and real. Kristin Harmel has a true talent for historical fiction and creating connections to the story. I think I will be a lifelong fan of Harmel's based on the two books I have read by her.
    Mermer 30 days ago
    A great different historical story about the French winemakers during the WWII occupation of France. Good drama ,twists, suspense, angst, romance. About 3couples and how their lives intertwine with an OMG ending. If you like WWII historical stories you will like this book. Voluntarily reviewed.
    kaitlynspet 30 days ago
    The year is 2019 and Liv's marriage has just ended in divorce. Her French grandmother whisked in and takes Liv back to Paris. Thus begins a convoluted story. With a great cast of characters and Nazi occupation of France a champagne house tries to survive and make a living. Kristin Harmel's The Winemaker's Wife is full of emotions, secrets, poor decisions, consequences, tragedy and drama. I highly recommend it.
    WendyGo 30 days ago
    I've read a lot of books that take place during the late 1930s and 1940s in Europe during WW2. I will have to put this one up there with my favorites in that genre. There are two stories you follow, Edith, Inez, Michel, Celine and Theo, who live on a vineyard in the Champagne region of France and Olivia (Liv) and her grandmother, Edith. It's not a secret from the beginning that the young Edith from the 1940s is the very same Edith, Liv's grandmother, from present day. The author draws characters you really care about and like and makes you feel part of history. Ms. Harmel is correct in the author's note when she says I will never drink champagne again without thinking of its history. I am looking forward to reading her other books.