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The French House

The French House [Kindle Edition]

Nick Alexander
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The Top 10 E-book Hit: over 200,000 copies sold to date

CC is trapped by a job she no longer loves in an unfriendly city. So when her new boyfriend decides it's time to sell up and move to the South of France, she decides in seconds to change her life. After all, who wouldn't pick an azure sea, aperitifs and sunshine over a dreary commute and a rainy climate?

She hadn't expected a tumbledown farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Or a motley assortment of surly builders, eccentric farmers and a resentful, terrifying neighbour - who happens to be her boyfriend's aunt.

Suddenly, CC's dream of a place in the sun is looking more like a nightmare. Does she have the courage to stick it out, and make a home of her French house?

About the Author

Nick Alexander has lived and worked in the UK, the USA and France. He is the author of the 50 Reasons series of novels. Nick lives in the southern French Alps. Visit his website at

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I'm the author of ten novels:

The Fifty Reasons Series, following the life of lovelorn Mark
- 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye (2004)
- Sottopassaggio (2006)
- Good Thing, Bad Thing (2007)
- Better Than Easy (2009)
- Sleight Of Hand (2011)

Two novels featuring heroine CC
- The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend (2011)
- The French House (1st April 2013)

Two novels featuring Hannah
- The Half-Life of Hannah (2012)
- Other Halves (2013)

And the standalone novel
- 13:55 Eastern Standard Time (2008)

The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend was a huge kindle hit, reaching number #1 in Amazon's kindle chart, and remaining in the top ten for over six weeks. It was the 27th best selling ebook in the UK for the whole of 2011.

The Half-Life of Hannah also reached #1 and has sold over 260,000 copies to date.
The sequel, Other Halves, will be released on the 12th December, 2013.

I live in the southern French Alps with two mogs (Paloma-Paquita & Leon-Pedro), three (nameless) goldfish and a complete set of Almodovar films.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars page turner, more a woman's book 15 April 2013
By OKR7777
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really enjoyed it, candy floss for the brain, made me buy the previous three which are well written and have more substance
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 4 April 2013
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Can not rave about The French House enough,a fantastic sequel to The case of the missing boyfriend. A very realistic story of love,life and also interesting and funny characters. Always a good sign of a fantastic book is when you can not get into another book because your still thinking about this book. I have recommended this book to most of my friends! First review for me,can not wait to read half life of hannah now I have discovered Nick Alexander's work.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish! 3 May 2013
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On reading the reviews I thought this would be a nice book to read. But from the start it hop, skipped and jumped over events - like rebuilding the roof. Like a previous reviewer, it is just a cover up for a romantic story, which I didnt enjoy. The girl telling the story is meeting with a guy she has only just met, and within days she was thinking of having his baby! I'm sorry, but I found it too stupid to finish the book, glad I didnt pay the full price for this one!
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I read The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend by Nick Alexander earlier this year, and very much enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to starting on the sequel, The French House.

We meet up with CC again in The French House. CC no longer loves her job in the city, her life is hectic and it just is not what she wants any more. When her boyfriend Victor decides to move to the South of France in the countryside, CC jumps at the chance for a new life! Dreaming of sunshine and relaxation, CC is brought back down to earth with a thump when she gets there - what should be a beautiful house in the countryside is actually a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere that is falling apart and seems to be lacking heating, and more importantly, some of the roof! To make things worse, their neighbour just happens to be Victor's aunt, Distra. Can CC stick it out, and can she make the French House a home?

I really enjoyed The French House, I had hoped I would as I liked the first book, and I wasn't disappointed by the sequel! I started it on a morning and had finished the last page by the afternoon as I whizzed through it! I fell easily back into the life of CC, and as I knew her and a few other characters from before it was like meeting up with friends that you haven't seen in a long time - enjoyable, engrossing and exciting.

I was gripped by the story - I was hanging on to every word that Nick Alexander wrote, and I desperately wanted to know how CC and the others would get on in the book. Would CC come to love the French house? Would she make it into a home? Would she be happy there with Victor?

I loved being reunited with the characters. I had missed CC so I was thrilled to see her back in this novel! I was constantly cheering her on and I enjoyed the time I spent with her.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 26 April 2013
By Marie
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From the information given about the book I expected a story of the struggle to renovate a home in France and the trails and tribulations this produced,an area of interest for me as someone who has set up home here.The first few chapters lived up to expectation with some true to life descriptions of rural French life and of the characters one encounters, along with some of the simple pleasures. I was,therefore, very disappointed when the book quickly became the cliched modern relationship novel that I have rejected so many times before. The characters became so predictable because it has all been done time and time again and the inevitable drinking sessions,gay relationships and wayward Mother meant that finishing the book became a chore not a pleasure. Please can we have descriptions that make the genre of the book clearer!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly absorbing 9 April 2013
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Having read The Case of The Missing Boyfriend, I couldn't wait to download this sequel. I wasn't disappointed. It grabbed me from the start, and I loved the unexpected twists and turns it took. It's an easy read, with a great storyline, which makes it utterly absorbing. I read the book over two days, and was gutted to turn the final page. Great writing from a great author, keep them coming Nick, we'll keep reading.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the french house 9 April 2013
By janel
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a great book with a realistic story line. a true page turner. Not the typical brit goes to France type story, thank goodness. A must read.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable! 9 April 2013
By patsy
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I say surprisingly because of my recent taste has involved thrillers, page-turning suspense, mystery, never-ending drama. And even thought I did keep wondering what the main thrust of this book would be (surely not all about the restoration project?), I found myself totally engrossed in the lives of CC and Victor, and looked forward to each new section.

Ive never read such miserable reviews either! I found the characters totally believable, (lacking in backstory if Im honest), but especially the issue of trust struck a chord. I just found it a delighful read and well-written. I will certainly buy more from this author!
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