Review: The Vineyards of Champagne
Title: The Vineyards of Champagne
Author: Juliet Blackwell
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:Beneath the cover of France's most exquisite vineyards, a city of women defy an army during World War I, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence....Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lie below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest among them venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars...In present day, Rosalyn travels to Champagne to select vintages for her Napa-based employer. Rosalyn doesn't much care for champagne--or France, for that matter. Since the untimely death of her young husband, Rosalyn finds it a challenge to enjoy anything at all. But as she reads through a precious cache of WWI letters and retraces the lives lived in the limestone tunnels, Rosalyn will unravel a mystery hidden for decades...and find a way to savor her own life again, inspired by the hope and defiance of the women who toiled to bring in the grape harvest during the war.
My Review: This was such a beautiful story! The characters were brought fully to life in this story and developed in a way that felt natural. The setting was extremely well done and I loved the use of the letters to tell the story. The historical story was just as fascinating as the modern day one and I loved learning about how the people of Champagne coped during WWI. Overall I really enjoyed and highly recommend this book!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*