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Publisher's Summary

Make these little vines count. Love them as I love you.

In the summer of 1914, vigneron Jerome Méa heads off to war, certain he'll be home by Christmas. His new bride Sophie, a fifth-generation champenoise, is determined to ensure the forthcoming vintages will be testament to their love and the power of the people of Épernay, especially its strong women. But as the years drag on, authorities advise that Jerome is missing, considered dead.

When poison gas is first used in Belgium by the Germans, British chemist Charles Nash jumps to enlist. After he is injured, he is brought to Reims, where Sophie has helped to set up an underground hospital to care for the wounded. In the dark, ancient champagne cellars, their stirring emotions take them both by surprise. 

While Sophie battles to keep her vineyard going through the bombings, a critical sugar shortage forces her to strike a dangerous bargain with an untrustworthy acquaintance - but nothing will test her courage more than the news that filters through to her about the fate of her heroic Jerome.

From the killing fields of Ypres to the sun-kissed vineyards of Southern France, The Champagne War is a heart-stopping adventure about the true power of love and hope to light the way during war.

©2020 Fiona McIntosh (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Romance with a full bodied drenching in champagne- read on

Great love story, well written, set against the backdrop of Champagne growing areas in France during WW1. Never has so much information been given in a novel - in this case about making champagne- in such an interesting way. I know all about it now, normally I gloss over these bits in a book. But the way it was written was enticing and nicely woven into the plot.

This is a 5 star for lovers of romance and the fence accent!

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  • Flick W.
  • 11-29-20

Fabulous

A delightful , compelling , sensitive and very moving story. I love love Fiona’s writing and this doesn’t disappoint.
Beautifully read by Katy Sobey
So sad when I finished the book .

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  • Sabra
  • 12-23-20

Excellent

I truly loved this book,hard to put down.Narration brilliant.I will purchase more of this authors work

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-20

Great book

I loved everything about this book..would be a great gift and a nice holiday read. You fall in love with all the characters ands it’s very well read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-20

A beautiful story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very good narrator sucks you in to a beautiful story set in a hard time.

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  • Jacqueline Benz
  • 04-05-21

Perhaps the most romantic book I’ve read!

This story was a dance of 3 loves; her love for two men and their love for her.
It’s was poignant and sad, breathtakingly poetic in prose. A lesson on how to remain faithful regardless of all the voices that tell you to give up and get on with life. There is the joy of new hope that is dashed, and a lesson on how to pick up the pieces of the love long splintered by adversity. Also the joy of cherishing a love lost. This book just kept on giving! GREAT author! Exquisite feel in the voice of the narrator for each person portrayed that made them so personal to me. *****

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-21

Beautiful story with magical narration

Loved it! Fiona is an expert as transporting you into the world of the characters. This is only topped by Katie's enjoyable narration.

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  • Lill53
  • 02-09-21

Enthralling

Loved it. Couldn't stop listening to this story. Loved the characters of Sophie and Charlie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-21

A true love story.

A true love story. Loved it. Well worth the listening to, and sharing with friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-21

Enjoyable

This is an enjoyable read but at times described things in too much detail (which some readers may like). I felt myself thinking “get on with it”. Overall though very enjoyable. The character of Louie was brilliant as the bad guy.
Would recommend to Fiona McIntosh fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Loved It

really egrossing story with believable characters. very well read and i loved the insight into the whole history and industry of the Champagne region. loved it

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  • Rebekka Windle
  • 01-05-21

loved it

I really loved this story. The way Fiona brought the grape growing and champagne making into life and colour was amazing.