The story itself was a bit weak, could have gone into a lot more depth on all the characters, not sure if the author is British or not, there were lots of punctuation errors which ment re-reading sections for it to make sense
Descriptive, but too much so in the chapter describing the brutal murder of a child, which was so unexpected, I admit I nearly abandoned the book because it sickened me. I was looking for a gentle read about characters living in France and apart from this section, that's what it was in the main. For me it ruined an otherwise good story.
Another beautifully constructed novel from this new author. Again the story is seen from a variety of perspectives, with details building a complete picture of the community the characters inhabit. In this the French countryside is seen mainly through the eyes of a group of ex-pats, giving an outsider's view of the landscape, culture and community. Each character has a different reason for seeking the privacy and solace of a foreign land, and some of these dark secrets are openly explored as the story reaches it's climax at the festival of cherries. Each character has a strong and distinct voice which lends an honesty to their view of their community and their own pasts. I would recommend this author unreservedly.