Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy

What They Say:

A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic…

Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, The French for Christmas is the perfect Christmas treat.

Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory.

When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.

Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness.

And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin?

With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?

What I Say:

I would like to thank Bookouture for approving me to read this on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Evie has never gotten over her break up with ex-husband Will or the loss of her child this drove Evie and Will apart.  Her heartbreak knows no bounds and should really doesn’t know how Will can put it all behind him and move on with his life.  When he his plastered all over the TV with his new cooking shows, one of her grandmother’s recipes and his latest squeeze, it is more than she can bear and the chance to escape to a friend’s place in France is just the break she needs.  I instantly felt for Evie, and wanted her to make the best of the time she has in rural France.

The way Fiona has Evie meeting with the handsome Didier made my heart go out to her.  Didier is described as a Bradley Cooper lookalike, not my cup of tea but his personality shines through.  He helps Evie when she becomes ill and they slowly become friends.  Didier also has his own baggage to deal with but together they help each other.  We also have Mathieu and Eliane, who take Evie and Didier into their hearts.

I love the way Fiona describes France and I really felt as though I could picture everything in great detail.  The story is such a perfect Christmas read, with tears, happiness and snow.  You could easily think there isn’t much to this book by my review but there is so much that I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.

About The Author

I moved to France from the UK in 2007, leaving behind a career in Marketing and Public Relations to explore new avenues, and now teach yoga and write. Having renovated an old rambling farmhouse with my husband, I have developed new-found skills in cement-mixing and interior decorating, although my preferred pastime by far is winetasting.

'The French for Love' is my debut novel, inspired by the people and the wines of the Bordeaux region. 'The French for Always' and 'The French for Christmas' introduce new characters, but you'll meet some old friends as well!

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