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A perfect read for a bit of summer holiday escapism
21 February 2018
Sam and Anna are two troubled souls working through their heartache on the same renovation project, but so lost in their inner turmoils that at times they are so very far apart. I found them both to be engaging, with a vulnerable side too, and the setting; a restored manoir in the Loire valley sounded gorgeous, but the reality of the hard work required to run a B&B in rural France wasn’t ignored either.
I bonded with Anna, admired her organisation and determination to create a new future for herself following her dramatic change in circumstance at home in the UK, and felt she was the sort of person who if she turned up in my French village, I could easily have been friends with. Sam was troubled and as much as a mystery to be solved as Anna’s unusual discovery. This discovery led them on a quest which gave them both a much-needed focus, while also providing the perfect opportunity to spend some time together outside of the renovation.
It soon becomes a summer of discoveries, of learning new skills, making new friends and ultimately resolving issues from the past. I could have stayed with them long after the sunflowers had faded.
With a good mix of characters all adding something, be it drama, back story or authentic Frenchness to the plot, this book needs to be on your summer holiday reading list, although be warned, you may not be able to wait for the summer before starting to read it.
This book was quick and easy to get into, but so very difficult to put down and I may have even feigned tiredness so as to continue reading it on a Sunday afternoon, instead of going out and walking the dog with my husband.