First: that cover? Soooooo pretty. I like the font they used and the little pops of colour with the gold and purple berries. It’s very eye-catching
On to the review…
I will be upfront, I am not a wine person. Or an alcohol person in any way. Nothing against it, I just don’t care for it. So going in to a book where the main character and plot seemed so heavily invested in wine and a vineyard, I wondered if I would be able to connect with this story. Not only did I find myself completely drawn into the story, it ended up being a perfect week-ish before Halloween read. The world building that centered around the different witches and their abilities, the atmosphere that was created by the vivid descriptions of the vineyard, everything worked together. Elena’s connection with the vines, soil, and the vineyard reminded me of another favourite series of mine, The Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce.
The book blended a few styles together that really had me turning the pages. I wanted to see Elena save the vineyard, find the person who’d cursed her, maybe get together with the guy who’d bought the vineyard after she was cursed. I wasn’t completely sold on the romance yet but it has a lot of potential. I liked the dynamic between Elena and Jean-Paul, her believing in her powers and a more natural approach while he was all scientific.
There was definitely a lot to like about this book. It pulled me in, gave me characters I liked, gave me a wonderful setting, and I will be picking up the sequel.
*I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.