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Joanne Harris’s characters are more than a little fey. She imbues her books with a delicate touch of magical realism, resulting in the feeling that you are visiting a realm of myth or fairy tale.
In Blackberry Wine, the magical character is Joe Cox, the pivotal character of writer's-blocked author Jay Mackintosh's youth in a small English village. Joe had a magical cottage and garden and made wine from the fruits and berries on his squatter's land by a river, and was the main character in Jay's award-winning novel.
Jay flees to France to a ramshackle French chateau. (Fleeing to France has always been a fantasy of mine so that’s one reason I like this book.) With Joe’s seeds and remembered knowledge, he begins to re-claim the land, his art, and his life. The six bottles of wine he brings to France are all that remain from Joe's stash and are some of the most endearing characters of the book, vibrating quietly in the cellar when there is to be a significant event occurring.
This is a delightful book. Enjoy.
Recommended by LouAnn.