Exciting news! Today is the publication day for A Christmas Wedding: A Fogas novella by Julia Stagg and as I was lucky to get my hands on an advance copy here is my review.
Set in the fictional Pyrenean commune of Fogas, where Julia has already based four novels, this is an ebook-only novella and offers fans (like me) an extra glimpse at life in Fogas during the run up to a special Christmas celebration.
This might be a novella so it’s small, but it’s perfectly formed and I enjoyed being back in Fogas where a simple village wedding to be held on Christmas Eve turns out to be anything but simple. With only six days to go there are last minute problems with almost everything including the caterers, the venue and the groom, who wants to know what love is. Thankfully the community is ready to pull together and help in any way they can and the village soon becomes a hive of festive activity.
Julia has managed to pack a lot into this book from community spirit, romance and a touch of suspense to food and delicious recipes. All served with plenty of humour in a traditional French way, with just a twist of Englishness. I laughed a lot, I cried happy tears and I can’t wait for the next instalment from Fogas. I will also be trying out some of the recipes very soon.
Julia Stagg lived in the Ariège-Pyrenees region of France for six years where she ran a small auberge and tried to convince the French that the British can cook. Having done her bit for Anglo-Gallic gastronomic relations, she now divides her time between the Yorkshire Dales and the Pyrenees. Her knowledge and love of the area comes across in her writing. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and at her website.
A Christmas Wedding is published by Hodder and Stoughton and is available in ebook format for only 99p and links to Amazon can be found below.
You can read my reviews of the other books in the Fogas Chronicles here;