Book Recommendation: The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel

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Book Recommendation: The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel

I enjoyed reading The Winemaker's Wife (2019) by internationally best selling author and Florida resident Kristin Harmel. This is an outstanding work of historical fiction. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel.


The author of the engrossing international bestseller The Room on Rue Amélie returns with a moving story set amid the champagne vineyards of northern France during the darkest days of World War II, perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

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.


Kristin Harmel


Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into numerous languages and sold all over the world.

A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major League Baseball and NHL hockey for a local magazine in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late 1990s. After stints covering health and lifestyle for American Baby, Men’s Health, and Woman’s Day, she became a reporter for PEOPLE and spent more than a decade working for the publication, covering everything from the Super Bowl to high-profile murders to celebrity interviews with the likes of Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, OutKast, Justin Timberlake, and Patrick Dempsey. Her favorite stories at PEOPLE, however, were the “Heroes Among Us” features—tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. One of those features—the story of Holocaust-survivor-turned-philanthropist Henri Landwirth (whom both Walter Cronkite and John Glenn told Kristin was the most amazing person they’d ever known)—partially inspired Kristin’s 2012 novel, The Sweetness of Forgetting, which was a bestseller all over the world.

In addition to a long magazine writing career (which also included articles published in Travel + Leisure, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and more), Kristin was also a frequent contributor to the national television morning show The Daily Buzz—where her assignments included flying to London three times to interview the cast of the Harry Potter films. She has appeared on Good Morning America and numerous local television morning shows--and even stumbled into a role as an extra in the 2003 American Idol movie while awaiting an interview with Kelly Clarkson.

Kristin was born just outside Boston, Massachusetts and spent her childhood there, as well as in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating with a degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida, she spent time living in Paris and Los Angeles and now lives in Orlando, with her husband and young son. She travels frequently to France for book research (and—let’s be honest—for the pastries and wine) and writes a book a year for Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster.  Goodreads




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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

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Comments (17)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

You recommend the best books! Another one I'd love to read and will but life will have to move at a slower pace.

Jun 28, 2022 03:42 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Read it! I loved it. It is a book I read about a year or two ago. It is now a keeper in my collection. 

Jun 03, 2023 11:48 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Sound like a great choice, love to read books with a WWII historical theme.

Jun 28, 2022 04:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Roy Kelley and Buzz Mackintosh - Me too! I have read many non-fiction historical books about WW11. I just finished "Our Woman in Moscow," and "Agent Sonya, the Spy Next Door," by Ben Macintyre. I am currently reading "The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage, the Title is Wise Gals by Nathalia Holt.  

Jun 03, 2023 11:58 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Your reading pace is prolific and is to be envied. Should finish the first Phillip Margollin book today! Enjoy your day.

Jun 28, 2022 05:11 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I am interested in this storyline Roy, so it's a book I will be looking for at sometime soon.

Jun 28, 2022 05:58 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down!

Jun 03, 2023 11:59 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, you do read and read!   Amazed at how many books you get through, and this one sounds good too.

Jun 28, 2022 06:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... I just finished this book about a week ago. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I love this author's books

Jun 28, 2022 06:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - I read it shortly after it was published. I absolutely love the entire book! It is a keeper on my bookshelves. 

Jun 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP this book was a page turner for sure.

Jun 03, 2023 01:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The Winemaker's Wife sounds like a great read for Kristin Harmel fans, Roy.

Jun 28, 2022 01:29 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Myrl Jeffcoat - I read it too and highly recommend it!

Jun 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jul 04, 2022 04:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - I read it and enjoyed it very, very much! She is a great author too!

Jun 03, 2023 12:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jun 04, 2023 08:15 AM