Author(s): Elizabeth Knox
One summer night in 1808, Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family's vineyard when he stumbles on an angel. 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 a far more mysterious character.
Compelling and erotic, The Vintner's Luck explores a decidedly unorthodox love story as Sobran eventually comes to love and be loved by both Xas and the young Countess de Valday, his friend and employer at the neighboring chateau.
Elizabeth was born in 1959. She studied at Victoria University of Wellington and attended Bill Manhire's Creative Writing course. She is one of New Zealand's most successful writers and has a keen readership both in New Zealand and overseas. Daylight has had critics in the US comparing Knox to the queen of the vampire novelists, saying Daylight is 'on a par with the best Anne Rice has to offer' and calling it an 'illuminating tour-de-force', while Metro called it 'mysterious, thrilling, erotic'. Her 2001 novel Black Oxen was published simultaneously in the US, the UK and NZ and was a NZ number one bestseller. Billie's Kiss made a spectacular entry into the NZ bestseller list on the strength of one afternoon's sales and then shot straight to number one in the following list. It was also shortlisted in the 2002 Montana NZ Book Awards.