Sunday, February 18, 2018

Book review of The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman

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The French Adventure Lucy Coleman
Genre: Sweet romance/cosy mystery
Release Date:1 February 2018
Publisher: Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)

Today I’m taking part in the virtual blog tour for The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman and at the bottom of the page you will find details of a French inspired giveaway.

French Village Diaries book review The French Adventure Lucy Coleman Brook Cottage Books blog tour
The French Adventure Brook Cottage Books Blog Tour

Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful.
French Village Diaries book review The French Adventure Lucy Coleman Brook Cottage Books blog tour
Lucy Coleman
Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.
‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’
If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!
Lucy also writes under the name Linn B. Halton.

Synopsis:
Packed full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents' beautiful house in France for a much-needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents' adjoining gîtes into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn't expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist...

My Review:
This book was quick and easy to get into, but so very difficult to put down and I may have even feigned tiredness so as to continue reading it on Sunday afternoon, instead of going out and walking the dog with my husband.

Sam and Anna are two troubled souls working through their heartache on the same renovation project, but so lost in their inner turmoils that at times they are so very far apart. I found them both to be engaging, with a vulnerable side too, and the setting; a restored manoir in the Loire valley sounded gorgeous, but the reality of the hard work required to run a B&B in rural France wasn’t ignored either.

I bonded with Anna, admired her organisation and determination to create a new future for herself, and felt she was the sort of person who if she turned up in my French village, I could easily have been friends with. Sam was troubled and as much as a mystery to be solved as Anna’s unusual discovery. This discovery led them on a quest which gave them both a much-needed focus, while also providing the perfect opportunity to spend some time together outside of the renovation.

It soon becomes a summer of discoveries, of learning new skills, making new friends and ultimately resolving issues from the past. I could have stayed with them long after the sunflowers had faded.

With a good mix of characters all adding something, be it drama, back story or authentic Frenchness to the plot, this book needs to be on your summer holiday reading list, although be warned, you may not be able to wait for the summer before starting to read it.

The French Adventure is available in ebook and paperback format and links to Amazon can be found below.






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Please do join me back here on Wednesday when I will be sharing an excerpt from The French Adventure.

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