Friday, November 10, 2017

Book review of French Collection by Vanessa Couchman

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French Collection by Vanessa Couchman

My review today is for French Collection, the new short story collection from Vanessa Couchman.

I enjoy Vanessa’s writing and this latest collection didn’t disappoint, she sets a good scene and even in a short story I feel I am able to get to know the characters really well.

This collection of twelve short stories take us on a trip through the ages, from the years of the plague in the 17th Century, to the years of the First and Second World Wars and on into the present day. We meet families in difficult times, experience life in France from travelling pedlars to soldiers in the trenches, to the arty scene in Paris and more. They are all very different tales, some have twists and surprises, others are full of ghosts and memories, but all are thoroughly enjoyable snippets of life in France.

This book would be the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee break, great to dip in and out of and far less calorific than a biscuit. It also includes a sneak preview of her new novel set in Corsica and I can’t wait to get my hands on that.

If you missed Vanessa’s guest post about how France influences her fiction writing, you can read it here. You can also read my France et Moi interview with her here and my review of her first novel, The House at Zaronza here.

You can visit Vanessa's website here and she also writes a great blog, which you can read here and do follow her on Facebook and Twitter too.


All of Vanessa’s books are available in ebook and paperback version, links to Amazon can be found below.