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    Free Unlimited eBook 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 decadesand 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 388 pages
  • The Vineyards of Champagne
  • Juliet Blackwell
  • English
  • 03 June 2018
  • 0451490657

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  1. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Did you know women and children lived in caves underneath the vineyards of the Champagne region in France during World War I While the Germans mercilessly shelled their country, there was an underground city brimming with life And bravery This is the historical timeline of The Vineyards of Champagne.In the present day, Rosalyn is visiting Champagne to find the best wines for her work in Napa, California She discovers a collection of WWI letters sharing the daily life of the women and childre Did you know women and children lived in caves underneath the vineyards of the Champagne region in France during World War I While the Germans mercilessly shelled their country, there was an underground city brimming with life And bravery This is the historical timeline of The Vineyards of Champagne.In the present day, Rosalyn is visiting Champagne to find the best wines for her work in Napa, California She discovers a collection of WWI letters sharing the daily life of the women and children living in the caves, and that provides inspiration for Rosalyn for hope and healing in her own life.Gosh I loved the characters I loved learningabout the Champagne region of France The message for finding happiness is timeless and inspiring.Overall, The Vineyards of Champagne is a warmhearted story of hope and healing with authentic characters and a lush, fascinating backdrop.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader


  2. Berit☀️✨ Berit☀️✨ says:

    WWI France A beautiful story about a tragic time Juliet Blackwell has brilliantly told the story of the Champagne region of France through old letters Old letters that told the story of the women and children of France living underneath the champagne houses in miles and miles of caves Entire towns were moved underground homes, shops, bakeries, schools, animals, and of course the people The only time they came out was to pick the grapes I was completely fascinated by this part of history WWI France A beautiful story about a tragic time Juliet Blackwell has brilliantly told the story of the Champagne region of France through old letters Old letters that told the story of the women and children of France living underneath the champagne houses in miles and miles of caves Entire towns were moved underground homes, shops, bakeries, schools, animals, and of course the people The only time they came out was to pick the grapes I was completely fascinated by this part of history I did not previously know, and so was Rosalyn Rosalyn meets Emma on a plane from San Francisco to Paris Emma is Australian and traveling to the region to search forletters and further piece together the story of one of her relatives who was in France during WWI Rosalyn has recently suffered a loss and is headed reluctantly to France for her work as a wine rep When Emma offers her an opportunity to help with the researching and translating of these letters, Rosalyn is very tempted What follows is a beautiful story about friendship, forgiveness, acceptance, Romance, history, Mystery, second chances, and love This was a contemporary story with history woven in through these letters I think this would be a great book for someone new to historical fiction, but it will also resonate with the historical fiction lover Rosalyn is a sympathetic character and I loved how much her character grew throughout the story I loved The friendships she made and how she learned to trust and open her heart again The descriptive writing really gave me an authentic feel for France I have to say I love the fact that the French people embrace the carbs, I was craving bread throughout this entire book A lovely story that taught me something I did not previously no.This book in emojis Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book All opinions are my own


  3. Elizabeth of Silver& Elizabeth of Silver& says:

    Rosalyn works for a vineyard in Napa, California, and is told she has to go to Champagne, France Who wouldn t want to go to Champagne, France wellRosalyn isn t too excited about going.On her flight over, Rosalyn meets Emma who has found letters from a soldier and a woman that corresponded during the war She asked Rosalyn to help her put all the letters together and to make some sense out of them, but Rosalyn declines the offer She said she has to do what her employer asked her to do.When Rosalyn works for a vineyard in Napa, California, and is told she has to go to Champagne, France Who wouldn t want to go to Champagne, France wellRosalyn isn t too excited about going.On her flight over, Rosalyn meets Emma who has found letters from a soldier and a woman that corresponded during the war She asked Rosalyn to help her put all the letters together and to make some sense out of them, but Rosalyn declines the offer She said she has to do what her employer asked her to do.When Rosalyn finds one of the letters in her bag that Emma must have not picked up after they all fell to the floor, she becomes interested in the correspondence as she translates the letters through all the grime and worn out and unable to be translated words.Rosalyn wishes she would have told Emma she would help her She could do that if she gets organized and finds the business card Emma had given her.Translating these letters would be muchinteresting than going from one local wine producer to the next trying to drum up business.I tend to agree with Rosalyn.I would prefer dealing with the letters to uncover the past than dealing with wine makers I always enjoy books that have the characters finding items from the past that uncover secrets and a past life.Readers get a marvelous glimpse of France s quaint, cozy homes, the warmth of the French people, and the history of Champagne and how its citizens coped during the war.If you love champagne, history lessons, learning about wine making in France, unraveling secrets, reading old letters, exploring old houses, meeting marvelous characters, and being treated to a terrific story line, do not miss reading THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE.Juliet Blackwell has given us another pull you in read.THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE will have you falling in love with the characters and the Champagne Region of France, and have you looking at how you need to focus on making yourself happy 5 5This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. Karren Sandercock Karren Sandercock says:

    France 1916, the German s fought hard to take the town of Reims, when the French army push them back, the German army start shelling the town nonstop and they totally destroyed it The town s residents have no choice but to take shelter and live in the chalky caves that are used to store the areas famous bubbly champagne Lucie Marechal, her mother and father are all living in the caves, their beautiful home has been destroyed and they have nowhere else to live and its safer underground The wom France 1916, the German s fought hard to take the town of Reims, when the French army push them back, the German army start shelling the town nonstop and they totally destroyed it The town s residents have no choice but to take shelter and live in the chalky caves that are used to store the areas famous bubbly champagne Lucie Marechal, her mother and father are all living in the caves, their beautiful home has been destroyed and they have nowhere else to live and its safer underground The women and children venture out at night to harvest the grapes and they need to stay very close to the ground or they risk being shot at by the German snipers.In present day, Rosalyn Acosta travels to Champagne to speak to grape growers for her Napa based employer and friend Hugh Hugh is not just her boss, he was her late husband s best friend and he has been her rock since her husband Dash passed away Rosalyn doesn t drink champagne, she s a red wine girl, she s not very keen to visit France again and she reluctantly boards the plane Much to her horror, she s seated next to a very chatting Australian woman called Emma Kinsley, who s traveling to France to try and solve the hundred year old mystery of why her great aunt wrote letters to a young French soldier during the Great War Emma quickly offers Rosalyn a job translating the letters after she discovers she hates her job, but she refuses, she can t let Hugh down and while Emma is sleeping on the long flight she can t help but start reading and translating them She and Emma both end up staying in the same village called Cochet in the Champagne region, they set out to solve the mystery of why Doris a widow living in Australia would be writing to a much younger man Emile fighting in WW I in France While walking one morning Rosalyn meets a very grumpy local man called Jerome Comtois, he could be the one to help put the clues enclosed in the faded letters together, Emma thinks so, she needs to gain his trust and then access to his library As the story develops, Rosalyn s walls she has created around herself begin to crumble, you start to see glimpses of the happy young woman she once was, a newly married artist and a talented painter.The Vineyards of Champagne, has a dual timeline, it works well and it s easy to follow It s a story about war, grief, loss, love, making new friends and solving a hundred year old mystery I m a chatty Australian woman, I loved clumsy Emma and she made me laugh I enjoyed reading about the French countryside, the yummy food, the never ending varieties of bread, wineries, how champagne is made, stored, age old traditions and celebrations I gave the book five stars and I highly recommend reading it I have shared my review on Goodreads, Kobo, Australian , Twitter and my blog


  5. Whitney Whitney says:

    Overall An engrossing and romantic dual timeline historical fiction novel focused on Champagne region of France The story is captivating and held my attention throughout learned something new about history and highly enjoyed it A perfect holiday read to get lost in 4 5 or 7 10.Summary This book is told in two different timelines with the central theme being the vineyards of Chamagne s involvement during WWI In present day, we meet Rosalyn Acosta She works for Small Fortune Wines out of Na Overall An engrossing and romantic dual timeline historical fiction novel focused on Champagne region of France The story is captivating and held my attention throughout learned something new about history and highly enjoyed it A perfect holiday read to get lost in 4 5 or 7 10.Summary This book is told in two different timelines with the central theme being the vineyards of Chamagne s involvement during WWI In present day, we meet Rosalyn Acosta She works for Small Fortune Wines out of Napa and is dispatched to the Champagne region of France to represent the vineyard at a festival Rosalyn lost her husband several years ago and is still very much recovering from the loss She is reluctant to go but finally agrees On her journey, she meets Emma Kinsley, a wealthy Australian woman who has invested in some of the small wineries of the Champagne region During the flight the two work together on organizing some letters Emma has from WWI between a soldier and Emma s great aunt They continue to work together once they arrive in France and we are introduced to a variety of unique and mostly memorable characters that help Rosalyn during this time The other narrative is focused on the two characters who wrote the letters WWI soldier Emile Legrand and Emma s great aunt Doris We learn that during WWI, many of the civilians retreated to caves in the Champagne cellars for protection.The Good I found this to be a very interesting topic and I enjoyed the characters, especially Emma The author does a very good job and interweaving the past and preset day stories and it reads pretty seamlessly The writing is well done, almost lyrical in some parts, and I felt like I was there in the scenes for much of the novel Interesting topic, well written, with some memorable characters make this a solid 4 5 book I would recommend to fans of historical fiction, romance, and wine The Bad I wish there was a littlehistory and a little less of the present day story Though I liked Rosalyn, I found her to be a bit annoying at times Some parts were quite predictable.Favorite Quotes In the immortal words of Bette Davis, said Emma, There comes a time in every woman s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne Take a drink, sweetie A big one We would not be able to live the answers, so we should live the questions The dead lie unburied and unconsecrated above ground, while the living cower deep beneath the surface of the earth The world, upside down


  6. Linden Linden says:

    I have enjoyed two of the author s paranormal series Haunted Home Renovation and Witchcraft , so I wasn t sure what to expect with her new novel It was totally different, but I was not disappointed Rosalyn, a wine sales rep, has been sent to the Champagne region of France to get some new clients She meets an interesting Aussie woman on the plane, and gets involved with translating some letters from World War I Apparently some older women, called marraines de guerre, wrote to the French sol I have enjoyed two of the author s paranormal series Haunted Home Renovation and Witchcraft , so I wasn t sure what to expect with her new novel It was totally different, but I was not disappointed Rosalyn, a wine sales rep, has been sent to the Champagne region of France to get some new clients She meets an interesting Aussie woman on the plane, and gets involved with translating some letters from World War I Apparently some older women, called marraines de guerre, wrote to the French soldiers in the trenches to help morale The particular marraine, Doris, was from Australia I loved the fact that the chapters alternated between the past and the present. The love story of Lucie and Emile during the war captivates Rosalyn who has a lot of personal baggage herself , Blondine a French woman working for the winery , and Emma the Australian woman who started the research project , who has secrets of her own The author has done considerable research into champagne, both the region and the beverage, and the terrible suffering experienced there during the Great War Highly recommended Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for the ARC


  7. Lucy Burdette Lucy Burdette says:

    As a Francophile, I love Juliet Blackwell s stand alones set in France The Vineyards of Champagne is no exception The World War I history woven into the story is fascinating, as are the details of life in rural France and world of champagne production And who could resist her gorgeous but grumpy French vintner


  8. Carla Johnson-Hicks Carla Johnson-Hicks says:

    In the French Countryside, women and children lived in caves underneath the vineyards of the Champagne region in France during World War I While the Germans mercilessly shelled their country, there was an underground city brimming with life Most were women and children, but here were also resistance fighters, old men, and some soldiers Because of that, snipers often shot and killed anyone they caught moving around in the vineyards This is a dual timeline story In the present, Rosalyn is vis In the French Countryside, women and children lived in caves underneath the vineyards of the Champagne region in France during World War I While the Germans mercilessly shelled their country, there was an underground city brimming with life Most were women and children, but here were also resistance fighters, old men, and some soldiers Because of that, snipers often shot and killed anyone they caught moving around in the vineyards This is a dual timeline story In the present, Rosalyn is visiting Champagne to find the best champagnes for her company in Napa, California The funny thing was that Rosalyn did not like champagne On the flight over to France, she meets Emma Emma has a cache of letters from WWI written between her aunt and a french soldier She wants to findinformation about the people in the letters and enlists Rosalyn s help The search for information not only solves a mystery, but Rosalyn, who is dealing with her own personal issues and demons, heals along the way This was a wonderful story The characters were amazing I love how the villagers were portrayed At the beginning they were a bit standoffish, but as they got to know Rosalyn, with Emma s help, they treated them like family The WWI story of the Champagne region of France through old letters was eye opening Old letters that told the story of the women and children of France living underneath the champagne houses in miles and miles of caves, only coming out to harvest the grapes for champagne I was fascinated by this part of history as I had no knowledge of this activity I think I enjoyed Rosalyn s story in the present,than the story from the past, although they were both good This story was not just about the war, it was also about friendship, forgiveness, second chances, acceptance, following your dreams, persistence strength of character and love I learned a lot about this area and if I ever get to France, I would love to visit the Champagne region I listened to the audiobook narrated by Xe Sands pronounced EK see She does not speak french but developed a french accent for a previous book she narrated, and I was quite pleased with her accent in this book She also has a marvelous reading voice, and her character voices were outstanding She has an amazing range of voices and her expression, tone and intonation all add to giving each character their own identity This was the first time I had listened to a book narrated by Xe and it will not be the last If you haven t listened yet to any of the books that Xe Sands has narrated, then you re in for a treat The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this audiobook upon request The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own


  9. Jamie (jamie.bookworm) Jamie (jamie.bookworm) says:

    I can be so picky with historical fiction, so I am excited to say that I really liked this one This book brought me right into France, craving some bubbly and a baguette along the entire way.The Vineyards of Champagne is set mostly in present day in Champagne, where Rosalyn has traveled for work to meet with champagne makers to represent in the US In her travels she meets Emma, who is searching for answers to letters she found from WWI In these letters tells a story of this region during the I can be so picky with historical fiction, so I am excited to say that I really liked this one This book brought me right into France, craving some bubbly and a baguette along the entire way.The Vineyards of Champagne is set mostly in present day in Champagne, where Rosalyn has traveled for work to meet with champagne makers to represent in the US In her travels she meets Emma, who is searching for answers to letters she found from WWI In these letters tells a story of this region during the war, the residents living in tunnels beneath the vineyards There are flashbacks and letters that tell this story throughout the book.WWI isn t a time period that I ve read much about I feel like I learned so much about the Champagne region in present day and from during the war I loved hearing all about harvesting grapes and the making of champagne, it was so interesting Letters in books tend to lose me, but these were just sprinkled nicely throughout and didn t take over the story, it worked perfectly to tell the history.I will say it read a bit slow for me at times You know how some books just read quicker than others I don t think it s a bad thingthere are just so many details that it takes a bit longer to take it all in, but in saying that, because of it you really do feel transported to France while you read it.One other thing I loved is the emphasis from the characters in France that champagne should be enjoyed any day, not just saved for special occasions.that will stick with me In fact, I m going to pop a bottle this weekend Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for the gifted copy to review


  10. Laura • lauralovestoread Laura • lauralovestoread says:

    I m always so fascinated at discovering the historical facts I d never known while reading Historical Fiction It s one of my favorite things about this genre, not to mention the love stories woven throughout.While reading The Vineyards of Champagne I once again learned something new with the hidden caves beneath the vineyards throughout France, that served as a place to hide women and children during the Great War.I binge read this book and really loved the second chance at love for main charac I m always so fascinated at discovering the historical facts I d never known while reading Historical Fiction It s one of my favorite things about this genre, not to mention the love stories woven throughout.While reading The Vineyards of Champagne I once again learned something new with the hidden caves beneath the vineyards throughout France, that served as a place to hide women and children during the Great War.I binge read this book and really loved the second chance at love for main character Rosalyn after losing her husband I also really loved the epistolary style writing as she discovered letters from the past The champagne vineyards played a main part as well, and I loved that it was the center of this historical fiction love story but also themes of grief and finding yourself again Thank you Berkley Publishing for the gifted copy for review All opinions are my own


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The Vineyards of Champagne[PDF / Epub] ✅ The Vineyards of Champagne Author Juliet Blackwell – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 ProvenceDeep within the laby 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 ProvenceDeep 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 The Vineyards MOBI :↠ 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 cellarsIn 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 decadesand 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.


About the Author: Juliet Blackwell

Juliet Blackwell aka Julie Goodson Lawes, aka Hailey Lind started out life in Palo Alto, California, born of a Texan mother and a Yankee father The family soon moved to what were, at the time, the sticks of Cupertino, an hour south of San Francisco Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding orchardsBy the The Vineyards MOBI :↠ time she graduated middle school, the orchards were disappearing and the valley at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay had become the cradle of the silicon semi conductor A man named Steve Jobs was working in his garage in Cupertino, just down the street Juliet s father advised his daughters to enter the lucrative and soon to flourish field of computers Bah said Juliet, as she went on to major in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz they had, by far, the best parties of any department Rather than making scads of money in computers, she read, painted, learned Spanish and a little French and Vietnamese, lived in Spain and traveled through Europe, Mexico, and Central America She had a very good time Juliet pursued graduate degrees in Anthropology and Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany, where she published several non fiction articles on immigration as well as one book length translation Fascinated with other cultural systems, she studied the religions, folklore and medical beliefs of peoples around the world, especially in Latin America Juliet taught the anthropology of health and health care at SUNY Albany, and worked as an elementary school social worker in upstate New York She also did field projects in Mexico and Cuba, studied in Spain, Italy, and France, worked on a BBC production in the Philippines, taught English as a second language in San Jose, and learned how to faux finish walls in Princeton, New Jersey After having a son, moving back to California, and abandoning her half written dissertation in cultural anthropology, Juliet started painting murals and portraits for a living She has run her own mural faux finish design studio in Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco, forthan a decade She specializes in the aesthetic renovation of historic homes Finally, to round out her tour of lucrative careers, Juliet turned to writing Under the pseudonym of Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover s Mystery Series with her sister Carolyn, about an ex art forger trying to go straight by working as a muralist and faux finisher in San Francisco The first of these, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award Shooting Gallery and Brush with Death were both IMBA bestsellers, and Arsenic and Old Paint is now available from Perseverance PressJuliet s Witchcraft Mystery series, about a witch who finally finds a place to fit in when she opens a vintage clothes shop on Haight Street in San Francisco, allows Juliet to indulge yet another interest the world of witchcraft and the supernatural Ever since her favorite aunt taught her about reading cards and tea leaves, Juliet has been fascinated with seers, conjurers, and covens from many different cultures and historic traditions As an anthropologist, the author studied and taught about systems of spirituality, magic, and medicine throughout the world, especially in Latin America Halloween is by far her favorite holiday When not writing, painting, or haranguing her funny but cynical teenaged son, Juliet spends a lot of time restoring her happily haunted house and gardening with Oscar the cat, who ostensibly belongs to the neighbors but won t leave her alone He started hanging around when Juliet started writing about witchesfunny coincidence.