This week I have read my first Kindle Single (a short story commissioned by Amazon for Kindle format only), The Girl in Room Fourteen (Kindle Single) by Carol Drinkwater. I am well acquainted with Carol’s books having read The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil (the first of her four books set on her farm in Provence) shortly after we moved to France in 2004. Over the years I have read (and re read) all of them and her two books that explore the history of the olive tree around the Mediterranean. It is not difficult to fall in love with her life even though she accurately describes the good and the bad of life in France.
Carol is a great author who even makes her Facebook updates sound like poetry, so it is no surprise this is an incredibly well written book. We meet Cecile, the lemon lady who is always to be found selling her citrus fruits at Cannes market, except when she visits the Lemon Festival in nearby Menton, an event that is very special to her. Her story is full of intrigue and mystery, and we learn of a true love never forgotten.
The descriptions of Carol’s beloved Mediterranean coast and the passions we encounter in the storyline are bold and vivid. There are sad parts, exciting parts and surprising twists. It is a short story, but I was so engrossed it was a real shock to reach the end. I wasn’t ready for it to leave me when it did.
If you are a Provence fan or a Carol Drinkwater fan you will have an enjoyable excursion (or mini break) in this book.
Links to Carol’s other books from Amazon.co.uk can be found below.