|Rendez-Vous in Cannes|
My review today is for Rendezvous in Cannes, by Jennifer Bohnet, rereleased this week by Boldwood Books, with a beautiful new cover and a few extras inside.
|Rendez-Vous in Cannes by Jennifer Bohnet|
In this book the Cannes film festival comes to life and there is plenty of behind the scenes drama and emotion. We meet two characters in town for the event, Daisy and Anna, who are both at a time in their lives when they have got new adventures to look forward to, but there are things in the past that need addressing first. For Anna especially there are secrets that have been buried for too long and although it may now seem too late, the past isn’t quite ready to let them go just yet.
There is a lot of sadness surrounding Anna and without the love in her life from Leo she would have been very lost and alone, despite the crowds and buzz of Cannes. Her story is from a past where things were done differently, and decisions were made in the belief they were for the best. I felt very sorry for the young Anna.
Daisy is young, single, energetic and keen to move her life and journalist career in a different direction, but unsure of how and where to start. I enjoyed getting to know Daisy and especially loved the little snippets from her daily festival reports, usually written outside a café, with a coffee and a croissant, where she was being paid to write and people watch, lucky thing.
As you would expect for a book set amidst the excitement and glamour of the annual film festival, it is full of the glitz of designer clothes and accessories, where diamonds sparkle in the light of the paparazzi flash bulbs and villas are alive with parties full of stars.
Jennifer’s writing was not only sensitive in the emotional scenes, but also brought Cannes alive and I could feel the electricity of the festival. If you love the South of France don’t forget to pack this book for your holiday this summer.