Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: 8/13/2019
Goodreads Synopsis –
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.
My Opinion –
Historical fiction – check!
War time read – love it!!
Alcohol – yes please!!!
The title alone drew me to this book. I love the twist on your typical wartime story by revolving it around Champagne houses. A few years back I visited a winery that made Champagne and was fascinated by the process. Unfortunately for me, this was the beginning of my secret and very unaffordable dream of owning a winery. Much of the process of making Champagne was worked into this story in a very creative and interesting fashion.
This was an audiobook read for me. It has multiple narrators which I loved and for the most part I found it to be a well narrated book. My biggest gripe was the character Inès. I found her to be a bit immature, annoying, and whiny at times. Maybe it was the narration that enhanced these qualities a bit too much and quite frankly got on my nerves at times. I suspect that I may have felt different had I been reading rather than listening to the book.
This is my first Kristin Harmel and I am looking forward to reading more! If you have a favorite let me know in the comments below.
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