The Vintner's Luck
One summer evening in 1808, Sobran Jodeau stumbles through his family's vineyard in Burgundy, filled with wine and love sorrows. As Sobran sways in a drunken swoon, an angel appears out of nowhere to catch him.
Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production. But Xas turns out to be far more mysterious than angelic.
Compelling and erotic, The Vintner's Luck is a decidedly unorthodox love story, one that presents angels as fierce and beautiful as Milton's, and a vision of Heaven, Hell, and the vineyards in between that is unforgettable.
Director Niki Caro's film of The Vintner's Luck is due for release in 2009.
Elizabeth Knox is in her thirties, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her family. The Vintner's Luck was a wonderful breakthrough novel, her first to be published in several countries outside her native New Zealand. She is married to the publisher of Victoria University Press, in Wellington.