Thursday 18 December 2014

Review: The French For Christmas by Fiona Valpy

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?

Review: I just love this author, I know when i want something that is fast-paced but action packed, comforting and yet makes you think, I can come to this author! This book has a little bit of escapism, a little bit of tragedy, a little bit of Christmas and a little bit of romance all rolled together in the perfect Christmas parcel. It has a really good balance of all these things and so if you're not a massive fan of Christmas books that are all about season's greetings then you will definitely love this book.

Evie is a lovely character, she begins the book a little lost at sea and not quite sure which direction she is heading in so she heads to France and that is where the magic really happens. She is a strong female lead, which i love and yet she does need some element of rescuing in this novel and that is where a certain handsome doctor comes in. Evie's story is slightly tragic and totally realistic and that's one of the things that makes this such a good read!

Fiona Valpy has such a way at describing the French countryside and the country cottages in the hills, you really feel as if you are there and in this novel you can literally feel every snowflake and every biting winter wind. The supporting characters in the book are all well-described and the festive feast in the novel is a character in its own right, you WILL want to have some brie to hand whilst devouring this one! This is a lovely read and definitely something you could enjoy for a little drop of Christmas at any time of year!

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