Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Book review of Le Tour de Love by Lilac Mills

French Village Diaries book review Le Tour de Love Lilac Mills
Le Tour de Love by Lilac Mills

Le Tour de Love

“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”
When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.

The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.

And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…

French Village Diaries book review Le Tour de Love Lilac Mills

My Review:

This weekend sees the start of the 2019 Tour de France, my favourite sporting event of the year, a kaleidoscope of colour and speed, as the best of the best battle mountains, sprints and long distances on their bikes. Imagine my excitement when I was offered a novel that brings the tour to life, offers insights into team life and a hint of romance. I was buzzing!

Molly is a physio who knows her sports injuries but knows next to nothing about cycling and even less about the world of professional cycle racing, until Alexander Duvall arrives for a last-minute appointment. She soon realises his drive and determination are different from her other clients and agrees to get him race fit in record time. Alexander soon realises Molly is just what his team need with the Tour de France due to start and no physio in their team. 

Molly is thrown straight in, learning the job, living out of a suitcase and doing whatever is required, whenever it is needed. It was great fun seeing the weird world of the Tour from the eyes of a total newbie, but I did feel for her when she assumed she’d be able to spend equal time sightseeing as working, while the team pedalled around France. She soon learns the Tour is intense, the days are long and the distances covered are extreme. There is a hierarchy to adhere to, it has an etiquette all of its own and the rules for the cyclists, on and off the bikes, are strict. Emotions soon run high when the chemistry between Molly and Alexander becomes difficult to ignore and with the highs of wins against the lows of accidents and injuries, has Molly got what it takes to be a team physio?

I really enjoyed this fictional look at life on tour and while it’s probably not one for the racing purists, I’m sure those (like me) with an interest in the Tour de France will enjoy it and its peek into team life. It is fun and fast paced, and just the book to get you into the mood for watching the 2019 Tour de France.

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French Village Diaries book review Le Tour de Love Lilac Mills
Lilac Mills

Author Bio: 

Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun...

When she isn't hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say "borrowing") her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

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