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Posted on 24 Oct 2012 20:29:29 BDT
Alexx says:
The Twisted Vine
This novel is set in France in the 1980s when Roxanne, escaping a disastrous relationship, seeks escape in France, picking grapes. She runs from the frying pan into the fire when she meets Armand. She also finds love, friendship, adventure and becomes an amateur detective in a dynastic plot amongst the vines. Based on real hands-on experience of grapepicking this is a twisted plot with rich characterisation and wonderful descriptions of scenery. It has received lots of 5* reviews and has been v popular in the States as well as the UK. If you want to indulge in French food, wine, scenery and escape into an involved tale of family intrigue, then look no further.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 21:07:17 BDT
Little frog says:
Alex - are you the author of this book??

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 22:10:26 BDT
Alexx says:
I admit I am!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2012 22:16:05 BDT
gille liath says:
Getting like Invasion of the Body Snatchers around here, isn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2012 08:54:26 BDT
Alexx says:
sorry if I've caused offence by listing my own book. Just trying to make a living! And it does lend itself to this question perfectly.

Posted on 25 Oct 2012 17:38:15 BDT
Try Joanne Harris. Love her books. Five Quarters Of The Orange for example.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 17:41:49 GMT
Little frog says:
Try Broke the Grapes Joy by Patrick Hilyer. Hope you enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 18:45:05 GMT
Vargas is not a chap!. Thy are excellent.

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 22:31:04 GMT
monica says:
Alexx, I posted my comment on a review of that book and returned here to find your admission. I'd be proud of myself except that even Watson could have guessed that, never mind Holmes. There's a certain naive charm in those ' wow, 5 stars!!!' comments I had first thought made ironically by someone named Alexx who'd also copped on to the unlikelihood of such rave reviews, but the whole thing looks suspect. Perhaps you should in those comments use the real spelling of your name and advise your mates to evaluate the book fairly. Certainly you should ask them to refrain from unfairly slamming and downvoting the one review that I feel sure is objective.

Good of you to 'fess up, though--cheers for that. . .

Posted on 9 Nov 2012 23:59:57 GMT
The Imperfect Tense beautiful coming of age story set in North West France after the war

Posted on 10 Nov 2012 15:44:23 GMT
monica says:
Of books that give a sense of France rather than simply being set there the best I know is The Discovery of France, which is non-fiction. The best novel that does is Small Lives. A couple that give a feeling of Provence are Monsieur (FF Classics), part of The Auvignon Quintet and one that somehow never gets mentioned when post-modern writing is discussed and The Murdered House, a crime novel but an atmospheric one. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

Posted on 11 Nov 2012 16:06:19 GMT
The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa is mostly set in Paris, and one of my favourites. I reviewed it for Bookbag back in the day.

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 14:45:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2012 15:01:26 GMT
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Alexander Fullerton's novel, "INTO THE FIRE". ISBN: 0751518077

It's the first in a series of historical novels. In this particular book, "it is the summer of 1943, and Rosie Ewing is leaving on her second mission to German-occupied France. She's a Special Operations Executive agent and a radio operator. Her brief is to set up a new network in Rouen, where the one agent still at large is suspected of having betrayed his colleagues. She's to be dropped off by a gunboat in a remote cove on the Brittany coast. She then has to get to Paris by train, carrying forged papers, a radio transceiver, and more than a million francs in cash. Terrifyingly vulnerable, she knows the dangers of a second's carelessness and the consequences of crumbling under the force of Gestapo torture."

I read this book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fullerton knows the material and uses it very well.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 17:40:46 GMT
Labrynthe by Kate Mosse, I really enjoyed this. Set around the villages of the south of France towards the Pyrenees. It's in that sultry, hinting at something mystical and supernatural theme like chocolat.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2012 17:42:25 GMT
Loved this book, a perfect mix of humour and clever banter..... The film was awful!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2013 13:47:34 GMT
TripFiction says:
Books set in France here: and if you want specific books set in the South then look no further than here:'Azur) Have fun choosing your title!!
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