Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Book review of Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire

French Village Diaries book review Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire
Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire


Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire 

 

With a broken arm to heal, filmmaker Lily Martin is forced to leave her current project in Columbia and return to her Grandmother’s (Mamie) house in France for the summer. Mamie is a reminder of her happy summers as a child, with best friend Olivier by her side; memories she has worked hard to push to the back of her mind for many years now. With the knowledge that Olivier is also home for the summer, she is determined to keep her focus, get better and get back on the road with her camera. 

 

Lily and Olivier were interesting characters, and right from the beginning of the book there was so much bubbling under the surface, I just knew there would be tension and turbulence as their stories were revealed. Lily is feisty and fiery, Olivier is calm and calculated, and together they bring out the best and the worst in each other, with the friction between them making for a great read.

 

With a bit of help from Mamie, Lily and Olivier are thrown into daily contact once more and they try to re-establish their shared bond of childhood friendship. However, lots has passed in the intervening years, from a disastrous teenage kiss to family traumas that have left both physical and psychological scars, resulting in them wanting very different things from life. Can they reach an understanding of each other’s point of view, or with the heat of a summer in Provence, will things spiral out of control? I can honestly say I had no idea how this book would end.

 

I fell in love with Sophie’s writing when I read her first novel A Forget-me-not Summer and now I’ve finished her fourth book, I’m an even bigger fan. 

 

With Summer at the French Olive Grove, Sophie has done it again; this is a book full of passion that really packs a punch of heart-hammering emotions as you read it.

 

For a hot summer read, that brings alive the villages of Provence, look no further.



French Village Diaries book review Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire
Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire

 

Summer at the French Olive Grove will be released on 27th May by Hodder and Stoughton in paperback and ebook format and links to Amazon can be found below. You can follow Sophie on Facebook and Twitter and visit her website here


 


I am delighted that Sophie will be joining me back here soon for a From the Writing Desk interview.

 

You can read my reviews of Sophie’s previous books here:

A Forget-me-not Summer

The Christmas Holiday

A Winter’s Dream

 






French Village Diaries book review Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire
Summer at the French Olive Grove by Sophie Claire








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