Monday, 28 April 2014

The French for Always by Fiona Valpy

Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch… Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue – set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux. After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality – until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything. With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little French courage, can she save Château Bellevue before the summer is over?

I have just finished reading The French for Always by Fiona Valpy. I loved the fresh Summery look to the cover of this book and then to top it off it is about weddings which with my wedding now just a few weeks away I can not get enough of these types of books!

Sara and her fiance Gavin have made a big commitment and given everything up to move to France and restore a French Chateau with the aim to run it as a wedding venue. After months of hard work the wedding bookings are rolling in and now that they are at the end of the wedding season they have 5 weddings remaining things are looking good until Sara discovers a big hitch which could shatter everything.

This was a great light read with a picturesque setting. The author has a wonderful descriptive writing style which really helps to transport us into the story being able to visualise the Chateau and its surroundings. I loved the variations between each of the 5 weddings, they all brought their own little something to the storyline as well as a new challenge for Sara although it seemed like nothing was too much trouble to her.

I read this book in one sitting. It is a light breezy read with a big helping of romance, yes it was predictable and I think this would be the only thing that the author could have improved on in this book just to give us an odd little twist, just something that we couldn't see coming but other than that I would say that this is a prefect little read that would be a great one to accompany you on your holiday this year. I will certainly be picking up another book by this author.


Thank you to Kim at Bookouture for providing me with a review copy.



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