The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith is my third entry into the Halloween Reads series. It’s not necessarily a scary read but I felt like the list wouldn’t be complete without at least one witch related story. After all, what is Halloween without witches?
What’s It About?
A curse dooming the soul to be entombed in the body of a toad has finally been broken by vine witch Elena Boureanu. Now she is looking for revenge and answers. Elena makes her way back into the Château Renard vineyard of which she used to be employed looking to find who cursed her to a toad’s existence for seven long years and why. She finds Renard vineyard fell into ruin while she was away and has been purchased by an aspiring vigneron, Jean-Paul Martel. A man who doesn’t believe in witches or the supernatural and who favors science as the way to bring the vineyard back to life.
Little does he know that hexes run the grounds and it is up to Elena to undo all the maladies while keeping her identity as a vine witch a secret so Jean-Paul will allow her to stay. On the quest to heal her former home and seek revenge, will she also discover who is behind Château Renard’s ruin? And might they all be connected?
This story begins in the least desirable predicament, stuck in the body of a toad struggling to break free. This draws you into Elena’s struggle and makes you understand her desire for revenge. Her having the added disappointment of losing her former home to a stranger keeps you following along hoping to see her win. As the mystery of who cursed her unfolds, you’re left playing detective as new characters are introduced to the story. It also keeps you reading avidly until the end.
The Vine Witch is a story centered on revenge wrapped in mystery. There are elements of magic throughout and some romance sprinkled in. Delightful descriptions and beautiful scenery left me wanting to check out the countryside Elena’s character loved so much and wanting to taste the delicious wine along with other tasty treats described. This is a great light read to enjoy some witchy Halloween magic with an edge of darkness.
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