Sunday, July 1, 2018

Lazy Sunday in France with author Lorraine Wilson

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance author Lorraine Wilson Poppy's Place in the Sun
Poppy's Place in the Sun

Welcome to another #LazySundayinFrance where today, as part of the blog tour for Poppy’s Place in the Sun, author Lorraine Wilson is taking us to her home in Aude for her perfect Sunday.

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance author Lorraine Wilson Poppy's Place in the Sun
Lorraine Wilson and her rescue dogs

Author Bio
Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for Harper Impulse - a Harper Collins imprint - and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.

She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.

You can find her online either on Facebook or Twitter.

Lazy Sunday in France by Lorraine Wilson
I have a lot in common with Poppy, the main character in my latest book (Poppy’s Place in the Sun – read my review here) so I imagine our favourite way to spend a Sunday would be pretty similar.

Like Poppy I live in a small village in Aude complete with a château and donkeys. Any plans for the day tend to centre around my rescue dogs, four of whom feature in the book. I have seven rescue dogs in total. Yes, seven! I find saying ‘no’ to a dog who needs a home very difficult!

If it’s sunny I’ll sit in the garden reading while they play and chase each other and then later we’ll take a drive out into the countryside and have a walk somewhere further afield than our usual weekday walk. A picnic will be picked up from a Boulangerie on route. There are plenty of lakes, mountains, castles and picturesque villages in Occitannie and we’re still exploring. I never really switch off from writer mode and while the dogs are enjoying fresh sniffs I’ll be taking notes and photos and thinking if a location would be good to feature in the book I’m working on - I’m currently writing the second book of my ‘A French Escape’ series for Harper Collins (FVD – yes!). You’ll find some of my favourite locations in the first book - Carcassonne, Mirepoix, the Pyrenees and the thermal baths at Aix-Les-Thermes. I love the area I’m living in so really enjoy being able to showcase it in my books!


French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance author Lorraine Wilson Poppy's Place in the Sun
Carcassonne by night

The end of the day will be spent on the deck at the back of my house, watching the sun set over the surrounding countryside as I listen to an audiobook and work on a sewing project.

So all in all a pretty quiet day but as I’m in a place I love, doing a job I love and get to stay at home with my dogs I consider myself pretty lucky.

Lazy Sunday in France for French Village Diaries ©LorraineWilson2018

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance author Lorraine Wilson Poppy's Place in the Sun
Poppy's Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson

Poppy’s Place in the Sun
She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously Frenchthis lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ Jane Linfoot

Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home

With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows shes made the right decision. A lick of paint, and some TLC and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.

Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who makes it clear Poppy isnt welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but Poppy wont be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!

Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy, but can he ever return Poppy's love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?

Links to Amazon for the paperback and ebook versions of Poppy’s Place in the Sun can be found below or via a universal purchase link here 




French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance author Lorraine Wilson Poppy's Place in the Sun
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