- File Size: 3326 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1548691259
- Publisher: Thalia Press (September 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074CJFW1D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved the author writing style. The author did a great job giving some background information so that it was easily read as a standalone book although it is part of a series. Also, I loved all the descriptions that the author used I felt like I could imagine myself right along with Merle during the book.
The book is told from multiple POV's which I really enjoyed. I love in a mystery when you can see different parts of the story all come together. The author gave just enough that I wanted to keep reading to figure out what was going to happen in the end.
Merle is such an interesting character. At first she comes off as a little indecisive, but when the action kicks in you can see her take charge attitude appear. The author has a few stories intertwining in this book, but each was a great read.
I loved that we got to meet so many different characters in this book. We get to meet a few French neighbors of Merle's as well as Pascal her French boyfriend. The author takes us on a very long journey that was very fast paced and a great read. I ended up not being able to put the book down. I wanted to know what happened to Pascal and what Merle was going to decide about her life. I enjoyed getting a peek into this small town.
I can't wait to read the other books in the series. I liked that the series does follow a set of sisters and after reading this book I am intrigued to read the rest.
I would suggest this as a perfect book to read before bedtime. The story did capture my attention fully, but I found a lot of natural stopping points where I was able to put the book down and think about what I read.
Three years ago (already!), I presented to you Merle and her sisters in The Girl in the Empty Dress. So I’m thrilled to invite you back in Dordogne today and in the Sancerre (good wine!) region, especially as The Frenchman is a really neat mix with a historical novel nestled in a mystery!
I have to say I enjoyed it doubly, as I’m currently translating the first novel in the series into French!
This is quite a turning point in Merle’s life:
her son is preparing to go to college;
she feels the need for a prolonged break from her lawyer’s job, BUT her boss offers her to take over the business, with a nice salary;
she misses Pascal, the French boyfriend she met in France
she feels the need to start writing a novel
So she decides to go spend time in Dordogne, where she inherited a house when her husband passed away.
She sees France as a place of healing.
However, not all is rosy there: first she discovers her house has been vandalized. Then she realizes her friend Pascal is doing dangerous undercover work to better identify wine frauds.
I really enjoyed this episode in Merle’s life, as she learns to heal in a less than ideal place, in the midst of danger and uncertainty. Will she accept the challenges? How will she orient her life?
There were very accurate evocations of life in small French villages, with colorful neighbors. Cops are not described too positively, reflecting well the general opinion of French people towards them, at least before the latest waves of terrorism – I think the view is slightly changing now.
And as a wonderful extra dimension, chapters alternate between Merle’s life and her pages of her historical novel as she writes it along. There are lots of connections between her life and her novel set in 1793 France, a castle and goats, for instance.
Merle has arranged her life and work in New York to enable an extended period of time to be at her house in the Dordogne, hoping to attack her house ‘to-do’ list as well as have time to start writing her novel and catch up with her sexy French detective Pascal. However, things don’t go to plan as one by one people and situations crop up that demand her time, attention and inquisitive mind.
Merle is independent, but gives herself 100% to help others too. She finds herself coping with vandalism, building work, a strange request from a local goat farmer’s daughter and the uncertainty of her relationship with Pascal. As with all the books there is a great sense of family and despite Pascal’s mysterious absence Merle is never alone, as her sisters are always there for each other.
There are lots of plots running alongside each other, including Merle’s story, Pascal’s story, where we get a look behind the scenes of some of the best known wine areas in France and Odette’s story, the girl in the novel Merle is writing that is set in the French Revolution. I liked this. It kept my interest as each time one story began to peak, Lise switched us to the next one, which always left me wanting more, right to the end where everything was nicely sewn up.
This is a great mystery, set among the vineyards of France and pretty golden coloured villages of the Dordogne, perfect for a late summer getaway.
I was sent a copy of this book by the author.