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The French Adventure: A heartwarming feel-good romance, full of sunshine and new beginnings Kindle Edition
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Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up!
Great job Lucy. I'm looking forward to reading more.
Anna is one of those people who just doesn't believe anyone could possibly love her. Her boyfriend Karl is forever telling her, trying to reassure her but for Anna it just doesn't seem real. Her relationship with Karl is a secret, both fearful of upsetting their careers if their bosses ever found out. However, Anna quits her job, dumps Karl and takes off on an adventure to France to help her parents with their new B & B venture. Her first task once there is to set up the new holiday cottages and to do that she must work alongside Sam. Anna's well mapped out, well planned future changes more than she could ever have predicted.
Lucy Coleman has captured so much in this beautifully written book. Anna's frustration of her life and her fear of being hurt again are very palpable. We've all been there with uncertainties about relationships and what direction our lives are heading. How many of us actually do something about it? Anna does despite her fear and this is what I loved about this character. The author has created for me a modern day heroine. Someone who we all secretly aspire to be like. How many times have you just wanted to ditch your life and disappear somewhere beautiful and start again!?
The development of Anna and Sam's friendship was an interesting one that I thought moved at just the right pace. Sam's life hasn't been all plain sailing either and he carries his own secret and is fighting is own demons. And as if this story didn't have enough, there's a mystery around a little wooden box. This book just ticked all the boxes for me. Well written, romantic, wonderful characterization, gorgeous setting and a story that kept me interested and glued to the pages. It's rare to find a book so good that you keep thinking about it long after you've finished it. This is one of those books.
The setting of this book is breathtaking and not ever having been to France I now just want to rush out and book a holiday there. Lucy Coleman's descriptions of this idyllic place transported me there and now I want to be transported there for real! What a beautiful backdrop for a story about being brave when thats the last thing you feel. Its a story about starting over and finding happiness where you least expect it. Lucy Coleman has blown me away with this book. Highly recommended.
I bonded with Anna, admired her organisation and determination to create a new future for herself following her dramatic change in circumstance at home in the UK, and felt she was the sort of person who if she turned up in my French village, I could easily have been friends with. Sam was troubled and as much as a mystery to be solved as Anna’s unusual discovery. This discovery led them on a quest which gave them both a much-needed focus, while also providing the perfect opportunity to spend some time together outside of the renovation.
It soon becomes a summer of discoveries, of learning new skills, making new friends and ultimately resolving issues from the past. I could have stayed with them long after the sunflowers had faded.
With a good mix of characters all adding something, be it drama, back story or authentic Frenchness to the plot, this book needs to be on your summer holiday reading list, although be warned, you may not be able to wait for the summer before starting to read it.
This book was quick and easy to get into, but so very difficult to put down and I may have even feigned tiredness so as to continue reading it on a Sunday afternoon, instead of going out and walking the dog with my husband.