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Thirty-five minutes from St Tropez [Kindle Edition]

Jane Dunning
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Recent No 1 Bestseller in France' - On a vineyard in sunny Provence, Richard and Helen make plans to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary. Meanwhile, romance is in the air for Joanna, Helen’s recently widowed sister and for their teenage grandchildren. Grandson, Joseph, is enjoying life as bosun on a huge superyacht while his twin sister, Danielle, continues her language studies at university in Aix-en-Provence.

In Monaco, Richard’s brother and his wife live the high life but are brought down to earth when they dog-sit at the vineyard. As they enjoy the peace and quiet, and the company of the four friendly dogs, they wonder if they should perhaps move to the country.

Richard and Helen travel to Italy to see about buying a classic sports car and spend a few days in vibrant San Remo and stunning St Jean Cap Ferrat before returning home to make final preparations for the family’s arrival and the anniversary party.

As summer approaches, life changing plans are being considered when a potentially tragic accident becomes the catalyst for one of the biggest changes.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Jane Dunning; 1 edition (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QMEG1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jane Dunning was born in Guernsey (Channel Islands, UK) in the nineteen-fifties and moved to Bournemouth (on the south coast of England) with her family six months later. After school and secretarial college, her working career, predominantly in finance and latterly with Bournemouth University, spanned over thirty-five years. She has been married since 1974, lives in Poole, Dorset and enjoys travel, writing, walking and gardening. She has visited France every year since 1990 and has spent long periods in both Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon since retiring in 2007.

Please see my colourful Facebook Page for more information and photos of St Tropez and other parts of Provence:- http://www.facebook.com/JaneDunningAuthor

Informal additional information - Is France in my blood because I was born in Guernsey? I'm not sure, but I truly love our neighbour across the English Channel. I first travelled to France in 1978 when it had few motorways and advertisements for pastis were still painted directly onto old stone walls.
Apart from several trips to Corsica, my holidays in the 1980s were mainly spent in Greece and Italy. It wasn't until 1990 that my love affair with France really began and I have now stayed in more than 85 locations throughout the country. My first love is Provence where I was inspired to write my novel 'Thirty-five minutes from St Tropez' which is a happy and positive contemporary story of family life spanning three generations. The main characters enjoy all the benefits of the South of France with more family members scheming to find a way to move there! It has romance, stories about dogs and a touch of travel writing when one or other of the characters visit Riviera towns and resorts.
I hope you enjoy the story and that it will inspire you to visit the area and enjoy all that Provence has to offer.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Story 4 Mar. 2013
By Trig
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There is no great plot in this book but it is a most enjoyable read. It is more like taking a peep into the lives of an extended family and by the time we reach the celebration at the end of the book with everyone present we feel we can be there too. I would probably have given it five stars but for the fact that the author tends to over-detail in some places and the dialogue is a bit 'stiff' in others, so I wonder if it is a debut novel. She does, however, hold the reader and she has certainly laid the groundwork for a follow-up novel and it would be interesting to take the characters further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Relaxing Holiday Read 15 July 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this whilst lying on a sunbed in Cyprus. I could relate to all the places mentioned as I lived in the South of France for 5 years & the family concerned in the story were very much like my own. I hope others will also enjoy this light read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love this area of France 24 April 2013
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I enjoyed this book mainly because I have holidayed in the Grimaud, La Garde Freinet area many times over the past 20 years and love the special Mediterranean atmosphere. I'd been to so many of the places which were described in the book and it bought back happy memories. I've also driven on the actual roads described! I liked the 'people' and envy them their thirty five minutes from St. Tropez. However I did find the writing style dull and stilted, hence the 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars total escapism 21 Feb. 2013
By sbr
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loved this book. having holidayed in the area last year it was like making a return journey with each page read. Beautifully written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read highly recommend 14 Dec. 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book on holiday. The descriptions make me want to visit more of the area. Thanks a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me feel good to read this book! 26 Nov. 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed this lovely story reminded me of my special trips to France. I had a little difficulty remembering the relationships
between the characters. Looking forward to the sequel....soon please JANE !
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5.0 out of 5 stars St Tropez book 16 Nov. 2013
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Good read, lots of places mentioned that I have been at, brought back memories of time spent in France. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 April 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and you felt as if you were one of the family and living with them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 35 minutes from St Tropez was unfortunately rather boring and rambling...
35 minutes from St Tropez was unfortunately rather boring and rambling in places. I did not get a feel for Provence even though I know the area reasonably well. Shame!
Published 6 months ago by David Griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Very light reading
It was O.K. but not so interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Judith Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful - never found the storyline
I struggled with this from the start, I felt like a school teacher correcting a 6th form essay. Boring people, boring writing, I never managed to fiinish it, it never improved. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joan C
1.0 out of 5 stars tedious
this is a dull description of an imagined life in france but without the imagination , no plot, poor visulistion. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs P
2.0 out of 5 stars Thirty five minutes from St Tropez
This is a very lighted -hearted read I continued, waiting for something to happen. It doesn't . Writing of the simplest form about people with apparently shallow, superficial... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Susan Ramsell
1.0 out of 5 stars Like watching paint dry
sacherine sweet non story rather like reading the fictional diary the author would like to lead The only thing that happened was a veteran car was bought and later crashed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by penelope hinchliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Very light read
Couldn't really recommend this and really would only pursue it if on holiday with nothing better to read. All I can say is that it is OK
Published 22 months ago by Christine Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars None
I found the style rather too ponderous and with far too lengthy descriptions. However, I did enjoy reading about places I have visited. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Michael John Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars I thought I would die of boredom
Just awful! This book covered the lives of the most boring people who lived the most boring life's. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. K. F. Beani
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