- File Size: 1284 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (June 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y69QZGP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters: a laugh-out-loud romcom! Kindle Edition
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Wendy doesn't want to share the castle with Julian (she not-so-fondly refers to him as "the git"), but he refuses to give up what he considers to be rightfully his. So, the two of them become roommates of a sort, at first getting on each other's nerves, then slowly, but surely, connecting over the property and learning that first impressions aren't always accurate. I really liked how the author peeled back the layers on both of these characters. Little by little, we get to see who they really are and when their backstories are revealed, their guarded natures make sense. Will they take a chance on the château and each other, or will they return to their safe, but unsatisfying, lives?
I enjoyed this book and the characters so much that I was sorry to say goodbye when the story ended. I'm hoping the author intends to write more books in this world. I'd love to find out what's next for the lead characters, as well as how the budding romance between Kat (the wild-haired baker Wendy befriends in Normandy) and Theo, the hunky, French butter-maker, plays out. And I think a prequel starring Eulalie and her husband, the duke, would be amazing. I'd really like to know how they met and fell in love and what the château was like in its heyday.
Kudos to the author for writing such a rich and engaging story. These are characters I won't soon forget.
There was just one problem, Eulalie’s Great-nephew, model Julian McBeath, was also entitled to a share of the property, via a loophole in the law. Wendy took an instant dislike to him, with his six-pack, sleek hair, and sports car. She believed that he was only after one thing, money. Especially when a letter written by Eulalie stated, ‘There is magic in the walls, and there is treasure too. But the chateau will show treasure to you only when you are ready to see it’.
Taking a few weeks holiday from work, Wendy set off to Normandy to see the chateau for herself, but it was not long before Julian turned up. Now the game was on as the two tried to outdo one another, hoping to make the other leave, and give up their share of the property.
The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, is one of the funniest books that I have read this year, with the hilarious ways in which each of the main characters tries to get the other to leave, but they are both made of tougher stuff than the other one realises.
Wendy is a ‘Food Ambassador’ for a local supermarket – okay, she is the person who gets in the way in the aisles, trying to get you to taste that day’s samples. She doesn’t exactly like her job, but it pays the bills. She also likes to live within her comfort zone, so flying out to Normandy, to stay at the chateau, completely overwhelms her.
Julian is a fitness freak. He doesn’t eat, but lives on protein shakes, and runs miles each day to make sure he looks good, otherwise he would lose his modelling job. But there is far more to him that just his good looks. He is also hiding a big secret from the world.
Ms. Admans has done a fantastic job creating characters that you can really get to know, and understand. There aren’t many secondary characters, but those that are present really do add depth to the story, especially Kat, the mobile baker, and her delicious, mouthwatering food that I could almost taste.
The French scenery is so vividly written, that you can feel the warmth of the sun bouncing off the pages, and smell the land that surrounds the property, with it’s many different fruit trees.
The book has everything you could ever want from a chick-lit. Fun, warm characters who are hard not to like, a hilarious plot, a lot of drama, and of course a budding romance just bubbling beneath the surface.
I was completely hooked right from the first page, until the last. The book is certainly uplifting, and leaves you feeling happy. The ending was perfect. I just hope that Ms. Admans carries on the story, as I believe the chateau has so much more to share with us.
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