Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Book review of Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

French Village Diaries book review Summer in Provence Lucy Coleman
Summer in Provence Lucy Coleman

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

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Summer in Provence blog tour

My review

Wow, this book is another great read from Lucy Coleman that is powerful, packed with emotions and totally drew me in.

From the beginning I felt sorry for Fern. At a time in their lives when they have the money to give them financial security for their future, she is forced into heading away and doing something different for a year. The prospect of trying to carry on as normal and avoid moping around alone while husband Aiden is travelling around the world on his gap year, isn’t appealing. 

I don’t think we were supposed to like Aiden and I certainly didn’t feel much warmth towards him as a character, but his selfish actions did at least enable Fern to do a bit of self-discovery at Château de Vernon in Provence. Here she quickly becomes an integral part of the close-knit team running the retreats for the lost souls who find themselves there, just at the time that is right for them. The magic of the Château starts to work on her too as she processes the confusion and changes to her life imposed on her by Aiden’s need to travel. She meets some fab new people who became as important to her as her family, as well as learning some new skills and discovering a talent for art. 

As their marriage gap year draws to a close, both Fern and Aiden have had the opportunity to look at life differently and things have certainly changed for them. They have had many emotions to work through, including confusion and love in its many forms, as they come to realise what is important for them.

This book will be your perfect escape from the current madness we are living in during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Author Bio 

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!'

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Also by Lucy Coleman:
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  1. Thank you so much, Jacqui, for being on another tour! So delighted you enjoyed the story... anywhere in France is always a perfect setting, I find! I hope you and your family stay well in this worrying time. x

    1. Looking forward to reading more from you Linn. We are all doing ok over here, stay safe.


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