Monday, August 6, 2018

The French Adventure


Packed full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.
Genre: Sweet romance/cosy mystery
Release Date:1 February 2018
Publisher: Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)
Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents' beautiful house in France for a much-needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.
Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents' adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn't expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist...


EXCERPT
The L Word
Two weeks today will be the first anniversary of our first real date. Being wined and dined in a chic little French restaurant was a gigantic step forward; it signalled the beginning of a new era in my relationship with Karl. Even though at least half of the meal was spent talking about work, his intentions were clear – we were no longer simply colleagues and romance was in the air.
Since then, Karl must have told me that he loves me more than a thousand times. You might think I’m exaggerating, but I can assure you that’s not the case. He usually manages to slip it into the conversation at least three times a day. The first time he said the L word to me, it slid off his tongue so easily I could almost have missed it. It wasn’t a staring into each other’s eyes moment of discovery, just a casual ‘love you, babe’.
As the months rolled by, I pushed aside my growing fear that it was only a word to him. Because it means so much more to me, I freeze whenever he tacks it onto a sentence.
And, yes, I’m very aware that my air of disapproval does make me sound ungrateful and undeserving. But it’s all about self-preservation, you see. I’ll never utter that word again until I’m one hundred per cent certain that the man I’m saying it to believes I’m their soul mate too – the perfect fit.
The last time I uttered the L word, was six years ago. It was to a guy I’d known since childhood and the man I genuinely believed I would marry when the time was right. He was handsome in a rugged way, fired up with ambition and exciting to be around. Sadly, everyone we knew thought we were the perfect couple too, except the guy in question, as it turned out…

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It is never easy when life doesn't go according to plan and seems worse when you have to fall back on family and move home.
Anna hates to impose on her parents new adventure but thinks she has no other choice. She needs to get away. She needs a fresh perspective.
Love finds us in so many ways and comes in so many forms. It is not for any one of us to judge how another behaves or how they feel. It takes patience to trust and heal and to listen until someone else is ready to share their story.
Along with the unfolding of Anna's story is a mystery when she uncovers an old wooden box.
We also become curious about why Sam is "hiding" from life, or is he? Everyone has a past and has choices to make. Can we live with the consequences?
Will Anna be ready when a new opportunity is offered?
Sweet romance despite the pain.

After reading this book many of us will be adding a trip to France to our bucket lists.



Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.
‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’
If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!
Lucy also writes under the name Linn B. Halton.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth
Goodreads Author Page: http://ow.ly/mk3H30atV5h

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for kicking off the tour, Laura, and for putting up your wonderful review! Much appreciated. Hope you have a fabulous Monday! xx

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  2. Great competition. Thanks for the opportunity

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