Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Champagne Widows” by Rebecca Rosenberg, Lion Heart Publishing, September 1, 2021, e-book
Rebecca Rosenberg, Author of “Champagne Widows” has written a breath-taking, captivating and intriguing novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, and Historical Paris Fiction. The timeline for this novel is set around 1800, and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters. This novel centers around champagne and the first woman involved, and Napoleon and his conquest and wars. Rebecca Rosenberg describes her colorful characters as complex, and complicated. Some of the women are described as brave, innovative and courageous during these times. The influence of the tragic wars also can be seen in many of the characters.
I love the way that Rebecca Rosenberg appeals to the reader’s senses as she describes the wine and champagne successes and failures. One can almost “smell” the various scents, feel the dirt and mushy grapes, see the mold, taste the bubbly champagne, and hear the bottling or breaking of glass when the temperature or nature wasn’t providing the correct conditions. The author vividly describes the characters and landscape.
The author discusses the times and that Napoleon’s rules prohibited a widow from owning the property of her husband. Laws were not equal for men and women. Women were looked down upon.
The protagonist of the story Barbe-Nicole Cliquot seemed to have a special talent of “smelling’ what would make good champagne. She married a man that she loved, even though he had emotional problems. “The Nez” as her grandmother would refer to Barbe-Nicole Cliquot’s sense of smell helped her produce the best champagne. The Russians especially loved her champagne. There were many risks getting the champagne to Russia. Now a widow, Barbe-Nicole realizes that when she falls in love again, she has to choose her winery or her man. Is there any way that she can have both?
I would highly recommend this memorable story for others to read and enjoy.