Monday 23 April 2018

The French Adventure - Lucy Coleman

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents' beautiful house in France for a much needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents' adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn't expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist...

What did I think?

What a perfect cover for this heart-warming book; we usually expect amorous couples in a clinch on the cover of chick lit books so it just shows that The French Adventure is setting out to be something that little bit different from the rest.  

I loved the character of Anna - she is strong, talented and, after the first few chapters, single.  Anna knows her own heart and mind, which is why she never responded in kind to the many 'I love you's' that Karl, her soon to be ex, seemed to say so effortlessly.  Feeling betrayed by Karl when he doesn't admit to their boss that they are in a relationship, Anna needs to get away from it all and she has got the perfect location with her parents living in France.

Not one to sit idle and mope over the love she has lost, Anna throws herself into helping to renovate her parents' properties and improving their digital presence.  Anna also has the perfect medicine to get over Karl: working alongside handsome, but deep as the ocean, Sam.  Sam is clearly suffering from heartbreak but any attempt to get close to him seems to push him further away.  Anna's not one to give up easily though and she's as determined to fix Sam as she is to fix up the gites.

This book was a real surprise; there's sunshine and romance but also a bit of mystery and adventure.  I felt as if I was in France with Anna; as I was reading I could almost feel the sun on my face and Ziggy winding herself around my ankles and purring contentedly.  The French Adventure is the perfect summer read.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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  1. Ah, what a gorgeous review - thank you so much Michelle! Happy dance! 💓📕

  2. This book sounds brilliant, just the type of book I love to read. Thank you so much for this review. The cover on the book attracted me straight away.