The Champagne War

The Champagne War by Fiona McIntosh


ISBN
9780143795452
Published
Binding
Paperback
Pages
432
Dimensions
156 x 235mm

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

In the summer of 1914, vigneron Jerome Mea heads off to war, certain he'll be home by Christmas. His new bride Sophie Delancre, a fifth generation champenoise, is determined to ensure the forthcoming vintages will be testament to their love and the power of the people of pernay, especially its strong women who have elevated champagne to favourite beverage of the rich and royal worldwide. 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, refusing to be part of the scientific team that retaliates. A brilliant marksman, Charlie is seen by his men as a hero, but soon comes to feel that he'd rather die himself than take another life. When he is injured, he is brought to the champagne cellars in Reims, where Sophie has set up an underground hospital, and later to her mansion house in pernay, now a retreat for the wounded.
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'Make these little vines count. Love them as I love you.'

In the summer of 1914, vigneron Jerome Mea heads off to war, certain he'll be home by Christmas. His new bride Sophie Delancre, a fifth generation champenoise, is determined to ensure the forthcoming vintages will be testament to their love and the power of the people of pernay, especially its strong women who have elevated champagne to favourite beverage of the rich and royal worldwide. 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, refusing to be part of the scientific team that retaliates. A brilliant marksman, Charlie is seen by his men as a hero, but soon comes to feel that he'd rather die himself than take another life. When he is injured, he is brought to the champagne cellars in Reims, where Sophie has set up an underground hospital, and later to her mansion house in pernay, now a retreat for the wounded.

As Sophie struggles with strong feelings for her patient, she also battles to procure the sugar she needs for her 1918 vintage and attracts sinister advances from her brother-in-law. However, nothing can prepare her for the ultimate battle of the heart, when Jerome's bloodstained jacket and identification papers are found in Belgium, and her hopes of ever seeing her husband alive again are reignited.

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.
ISBN:
9780143795452
Publication Date:
03 / 11 / 2020
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
156 x 235mm
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Fiona McIntosh has not failed to yet again deliver a wonderfully heart felt read. She captures your attention from the very first page and has you transported to the early 1900s France. With plenty of adventure and love, you will fly through this fantastic book! Another epic Fiona McIntosh novel. - Tariana (QBD)
, 31/10/2020
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Fiona truly knows how to make her stories captivating. The Champagne War is a beautiful story about love, honour and hope to light the way during war. I couldn't put it down! - Shenae (QBD)
, 30/10/2020
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Fiona has done it again...... From the very first page I was absolutely entranced in the adventure! My heart stopped several times as I travelled through the pages alongside Sophie and was whisked away to a time much different to the present. A beautiful read - I would highly recommend this gift of a novel to anyone who loves being absolutely transported into their reading! - Chelsea (QBD)
, 30/10/2020
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Another masterpiece by Fiona McIntosh. Be transported to the Epernay cellars in France where you will begin to appreciate the journey from grape to Champagne. As you read this historical romance, you will debate yourself if there is such thing as right and wrong when it comes to love, particularly when faced with such challenging times. A wonderful gift idea for Mum this Christmas. - Alison (QBD)
, 30/10/2020
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A beautiful historical drama full of love and adventure... our heroine Sophie, is a newly-wed bride that has had to quickly wave goodbye to her husband, off to war and goes missing. Sophie helps those in need by setting up an underground hospital, but soon meets a patient she grows feelings for. Amongst her other troubles, her missing Husband's possesions are found, giving Sophie new found hope... - Sheila (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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This heart-stopping novel is everything you'd expect from Fiona and more. Set in 1914, Sophie has endless things to worry about after learning that her husband Jerome may have died in the war. She battles to keep her vineyard going through bombings while also caring for the wounded in a secret underground hospital. An absolute page-turner that I cannot recommend enough! - Tia (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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What an emotional page turner! Every year I look forward to the new Fiona McIntosh book, and every year I find a new favourite book from Fiona! Sophie's story will take you through highs and lows, and will keep you up late at night. This is the perfect gift for Christmas! - Alexandra (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Set in the Epernay commune of France, The Champagne War, follows the newly wed Sophie Delancré during the tail end of world war 1. As her New Husband Jerome Mea is sent of to fight on the front lines, Sophie must remain in France to maintain the vineyard and continue you producing the regions now esteemed Champagne. A story of Love, Triumph, War and loss The Champagne War is a must read. - Ashley (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Sophie found the love of her life, only for the first world war to take him away. Believing in her heart that he is not dead but missing she will do everything to protect her precious vinyard and the create the champagne that is her legacy. Evocative and richly human,The Champagne War is a beautiful story of love, war and creating some thing amidst chaos - Vanessa (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Sophie, a beautiful young bride who isn't like other girls; Jerome, the most strapping farm boy since Wesley. Their love is instant and short-lived as they are torn apart by the start of WW1. From the champagne cellars of Sophie's farm to the killingfields of Ypres, Fiona Mcintosh brings her trademark research and charm. Enjoy this book with a glass of bubbly. - Jessica (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Set in France about champagne by the wonderful Fiona! What's not to love. Once again she weaves a beautiful story set in WWII Europe about strong and determined Sophie and reluctant hero Charlie. I really like these two characters probably because I'm a confirmed Francophile and loved the story and descriptions of the place even though it was such a fraught time. . - Lucy (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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This gorgeous historical fiction finds Fiona McIntosh in brilliant form. The stunning descriptions of France will make you long to be there and the characters will make you feel real, and deep emotions. Every word is like a sip of a fine Champagne; exquisite and gloriously intoxicating. - Jessalyn (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Yet another marsterful work of fiction from Fiona McIntosh. Encased in an engrossingly deep story are wonderfully developed characters who make you question what you believe is right and wrong and how circumstances can challange those beliefs. - Chelsea (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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A story of wine, war, and love - McIntosh is back with her classic storytelling. McIntosh takes us back to WWI and the struggles of winemakers Sophie and Jerome as he enlists to go to war. Will their relationship last? Will they get their vintage of wine ready? A great read that brings romance into the war period for all readers. - Dion (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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This book was beautifully written with a strong female lead and depicted the brutality of war in a devstating yet eloquent way. Highly recommend, I really enjoyed it. - Katie (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Set in the Champagne region in France in and around WW1, this is an emotionally charged and powerful story of love, loss, tragedy and triumph during wartime. With Jerome off to fight for his country and is listed as missing presumed dead, Sophie remains stoic, drawing strength from her enduring love for Jerome and longs for his safe return against the odds. A must read historical fiction. - Sheridan (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Fiona's attention to historical detail makes this one fascinating story. War, Science, Wine, Politics and of course Love swirl together to make this one of her best stories yet. Sophie a 5th generation wine maker must say goodbye to the love of her life while leading her town to survive through a German invasion and fending off her powerful brother-in-law's advances. My Favourite for the year! - Gillian (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Fiona McIntosh does it again at what she does best - entwining romance with a heartstopping story against the terrors of WWI. The story follows Sophie as she sets up an underground hospital under her vineyard to help the wounded when Charles, a chemist comes in. Feelings are stirred as both come together and realise the war isn't the only thing they are having feelings about. A triumphant read. - Amy (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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For fans of JoJo Moyes and Rosalie Ham, Fiona McIntosh's newest novel The Champagne War is set to be another bestseller! - Emily (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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Fiona sure knows how to hook you in. Sophie is a character you easily connect with in this historical story and can only imagine what she goes through during WW1 (no spoilers from me!). If you don’t know much about the champagne process, you will be a pro by the end of the book. You will not be able to put it down, just make sure you have your champagne ready to enjoy with the story! - Tamika (QBD)
, 29/10/2020
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The Champagne War showcases everything we have come to expect from Fiona McIntosh - strong characters, beautifully descriptive settings and of course romance. Her evocative writing transports the reader to France in 1914 where champenoise Sophie farewells her new husband, vigneron Jerome, who is heading off to war. Best enjoyed with a glass of champagne. - Harriet (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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From the war-torn fields of Ypres to the sun-kissed vineyards of Southern France, The Champagne War vividly paints the story of the ultimate battle - one of the heart. Perfect for fans of historical romance, as well as other books of Fiona's, such as the Lavender Keeper, The Champagne War is a bittersweet testament to love and the hurdles it has to overcome, especially in the face of war. - Zoe (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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Another great book from Fiona Mcintosh, It was a wonderful read. The story centres around 1917 in the Champagne area of France. Sophie Delancre a new bride assists her village during World War One. As she struggles with her husband Jerome missing in action. A must read!!! - Louise (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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Fiona has done it again..A wonderful adventure about Love,War and the Courage it takes to find Peace and happiness durning difficult times..Thankyou Fiona for your wonderful message in the book to the team at the Indooroopilly store..Some Dreams are worth Fighting for....Great book for Mum this Christmas.. - Karen (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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The historical romance Queen has returned with another beautiful story that transports us to another time; in this case, France amidst WWI. When Sophie's husband doesn't return from the War, Sophie begins to set up an underground hospital in the champagne cellars, and begins to fall for one of her patients. A story of love, hope and history, a blend that McIntosh has perfected. - Megan (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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Fiona Macintosh never fails to disappoint. Her research into the location and theme of her novels is beyond reproach. The Champagne War is a great example of this, set in the wine vinyards of France in 1914. A beautful story to enjoy with a glass of champagne and and cheese platter with grapes. - Peter (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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This book had me from the first chapter all the way to the torturously heart-rending finish.Sophie's husband Jerome was supposed to be away at the war for a few months but as the years pass, so does her hope of seeing her husband walking through their vineyard. When she finds herself falling for a soldier brought to her makeshift hospital, she must chose between her lost soldier and new love. - Hannah (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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The Chamnpagne War transports you deep into the champagne cellard of france. As the story progresses and the characters develop you learn that each bottle has its own unique blend and personality and that sometimes there can be no right or wrong in love - even in the most trying of situations. - Jessica (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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Fiona McIntosh never fails to deliver! Here is another exceptional example of her captivating storytelling. Filled with everything from romance, action and mystery - in what is an exquisite historical wartime drama. Adventure through France and deep into the Epernay cellars, where you will be able to taste the champagne through the pages! - Stacey (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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In this new blockbuster, you are transported deeper into the Epernay cellars in France where you will emerse yourself in the journey from grape to champagne. As the story progresses and the characters develop, you begin to question if there is right and wrong when it comes to love and whether there are exceptions during the most challenging times. - Kirsty (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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A fantastic historical fiction novel set in the summer of 1914 in France during war time. Fiona McIntosh is a master of her craft once again in this compelling adventure about the power of love and the true battles we face. Vivid and heartbreaking, "The Champagne War" will steal your heart. - Tricia (QBD)
, 28/10/2020
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The story follows the complex journey of vigeron Jerome Mea, his new bride champenoise Sophie and British Charles Nash as they navigate unchartered waters, each seeking to find the strength to deal with their new realities in which their lives take on emotional dimensions created by the uncertainty of war. McIntosh delivers again with this evocative and descriptive narrative set during WW1. - Gina (QBD)
, 22/10/2020

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