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Once Upon a Rose (La Vie en Roses) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 26, 2015
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Overflowing with wise humor, family dynamics, and vivid descriptions, this story is as sexy and flirtatious as it is poignant and caring. Roses, music, and Provence--it doesn't get much better than that... -- Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
Florand's prose can move me to tears, affect me with emotion of the acutest kind, and render me hopelessly in love...[it can] make me grin like a lovesick fool, giggle like a young schoolgirl, and squeal at the absolute adorable-ness on the page...I am still unable to adequately express just how deeply I feel for this novel; it's soft, sweet, and oh-so-very hug-able. - Ivy Book Bindings
Laura Florand at her best...[filled]...with her trademark of beautiful descriptions of valleys and valleys of roses, of old houses and of wonderful, lovable characters. - Pakwanstripes
[Florand] makes everything so desirable that I just can't help but want to be wrapped up in the same world she creates. She always makes these magical stories that just make me so warm and fuzzy inside that I just melt. I love it... This is one of those books that I will read again and again. - Jen in Bookland
A sexy, sexy romance [and a] really fun book to read...I highly recommend it. - USAToday.com Recommended Read
You know that question where you have to name what books you would take with you if you were stuck on an island? Now I think I have my answer. Anything and everything by Laura Florand. - For What It's Worth
A lovely, sexy book with two adorable protagonists. - Smexy Books
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Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Since then, her books have appeared in ten languages, been named among the Best Books of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes & Noble, received the RT Seal of Excellence and starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and been recommended by NPR, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. In 2015, NPR gave her the enormous honor of naming her Chocolate Kiss to its list of the Top 100 Romances.
After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to popular opinion, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate. For more information, please see her website: lauraflorand.com.
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The heroine is an American musician and song writer. She has been granted ownership to a house on the property. She didn't inherit because the distant relative is still alive and approaching her 90's. Not sure how that works but maybe in France it is different from the USA. Of course, the family is very upset that a foreigner got possession of a house on their beloved land.
This is their story. I will admit that I DNF. The story starts off with a big drunken party for the oldest cousin, Matt's birthday party. The heroine knocks on the door because her car has broken down and she needs help. They assume she is there for Matt so they welcome her with open arms in their drunken stupor. She is sort of interested in all these big, hunky guys but is also a little bit leery of their actions. I just have a hard time with excessive drinking. Just my thing, to each his own. At the party there are a lot of characters introduce and I was a bit confused with trying to keep up with who is who and their personality. Even the aunts were a bit loaded. So, I was not off to a good start.
The oldest heir is feeling the weight of inheriting and being responsible especially when the cousins seem to spend more time razzing him and setting him up for the next big joke rather than taking his position seriously. He does go on and on about his position. The heroine had a one hit wonder and now she seems to have hit a block. The music is not coming and her "people" are badgering her to get the next album out. So she wants to retreat to see if her music will return. She is very attracted to the heir but there are some issues involved. I think I just got tired of going over and over the problems they each had and didn't feel like things were moving on. I read mixed reviews as I was trying to decide whether to stick with the story or move on. I did agree with some of the reviewers. But I decided to move on. I would suggest that one read the book for themselves and make their own decision as to whether the book is for them or not. I certainly don't want to discourage anyone because my issues may not be theirs.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 2/13/18
My only gripe would be that everything seemed to be wrapped up quickly--so in terms of plot, there wasn't much in the second half of the book. But the more Matt and Layla flirt and get closer each other, the more I wanted to read.
Two people are brought together - one an indie singer and the other a proud man with a huge legacy attached to his broad shoulders. There's almost a magical fated quality to their union, as if their paths, whether fixed or unsteady, are meant to cross. I swallowed their magic as if it was heavenly chocolate; inhaled the rose-scented pages as if I could never get enough. Mmmm.
Once Upon a Rose feels real. One of the hardest and unnerving parts of starting a relationship is making oneself vulnerable. The hero, Matthieu, is a big growly bear who was once burned by a selfish woman. The closer one gets to his heart the more he growls...or blushes! Layla, the heroine, is an insightful woman. She understands Matt from the get-go. She treasures his roses. Matt inspires her!
This story is so gently and gratifyingly nuanced any romantic heart would love it! This is my first Laura Florand book. It won't be my last. I've already read "A Rose in Winter," which can be found in the anthology No Place Like Home. It's Raoul & Allegra's story, who are also secondary characters in Once Upon a Rose. If you read the novella you'll see Tante Collette's role in her nephews' lives and hear her poignant WWII stories about the Résistance.
Other readers have told me that Florand's Chocolate series is even better. Really?!!! This author's love of France is obvious and her other series is set in Paris. Hmm. I can smell the roses and feel the characters hearts beat, so I guess I'll have to try her chocolate too! Oh, and next up is Tristan in the La Vie en Roses. Watching him fall in love will be such a treat! (You can see one of his quotes in a status update. Do it! He's funny!)
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