Megan Harlan
January 08, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Vintner's Luck

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth Knox
publisher
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre
Erotic, Fiction

We gave it an A-

In the dark and erotic ”angel” novel The Vintner’s Luck, Sobran Jodeau, a handsome young vineyard heir in 19th-century France, literally stumbles into the arms of a beautiful, irreverent, black-haired male angel named Xas. Devout Sobran assumes that the dazzling celestial being is his guardian angel and agrees to yearly counsel with him. Their annual rendezvous — interwoven with Sobran’s marriage, fatherhood, and wine-making success — turn inexorably sexual, as Xas and Sobran fall in love, even while Xas’ ”fallen” nature is revealed. Daringly exploring the spiritual worth of sensual pleasure, New Zealand writer Elizabeth Knox’s imaginative, imagistic tale soars. A-

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