The Widows of Champagne

The Widows of Champagne by Renee Ryan – 5/5 Stars

Read this if you:

· are looking for your next historical fiction read
· have ever fallen for your enemy
· need some suspense in your books to keep you hooked


At a time when they should be celebrating 200 years of champagne making, Chateau Fouché-Leblanc is preparing to hide their precious wine stores from the Nazis who have invaded France. Gabrielle is a young widow who hopes to take over her husband’s family’s legacy when her time comes. Her mother, Helene, lost her husband in the First World War and she will do anything to protect her family from suffering through another invasion. Josephine is the family matriarch who is struggling to keep her memories long enough to do her part in the resistance. All three women come together to do everything they can to protect their vineyards and their loved ones.

My Thoughts on the Book:

This book was the holy grail of all historical fiction! The settings were vivid, the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, and of course the romance pushed it over into 5-star territory.
The way this book switched between three generations of women, Josephine, Helene, and Gabrielle, was such a great way to tell the story and really helped to show the relationships between the main characters. As the youngest of girls, I related quite a bit to Gabrielle’s sister, Paulette, until she became the WOAT. Otherwise, all three of the main characters in this book were inspiring. They all brought a different viewpoint to their piece of the story and were very different in personality while all being tough as nails.
The story is thought provoking and will really make you stop and think – how far would you go to protect my family and your legacy? This book will stay with me for a very long time!

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