A Very French Affair by Sue Roberts

A Very French Affair by Sue Roberts

 

45141907._sy475_Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 5th July 2019

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!

Number of pages: 263

Genre: Humour, Romance

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Synopsis:

From Southport to the South of France – this is going to be a summer to remember!

Life just got a whole lot more complicated for thirty-eight-year-old single mum Liv. Her son Jake is practically perfect in every way, but he’s started asking some difficult questions, and the answers lie in a holiday romance twenty years ago. Back when Liv was staying with her aunt on the French Riviera…

Returning to the Cote d’Azur, with its white sandy beaches, her supportive aunt, and exquisite wine and cheese is harder than it sounds though. Because – if she’s going to give Jake the answers he needs – Liv knows she has to hunt down her first love Andre. And since she’s a professional baker rather than a professional investigator, she doesn’t even have a clue where to start.

At first, finding the one that got away proves even trickier than she thought. And if she succeeds, how will he take the bombshell secret Liv has been keeping? Liv has to do the best thing for her family, but does that mean closing the door on this very French affair?

A joyful, laugh-out-loud story about second chances, secrets and sunshine! The perfect summer read for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.

Rating: three-stars

 

Olivia is a single mother with a popular cake – baking and decorating business. However, her past comes to hunt her again when Jack finally asks about his father that he has never seen. Liv decides to track André down, even though she really doesn’t have much to go on – she fell head over heels in love with a young, handsome boy in the south of France but it turned out to be only a summer romance and she was forced to raise her son on her own. However, she’s now desperate to give Jack the father he so deserves.

The highlight of this novel are for sure the gorgeous, delicious descriptions of the French food, as well as the setting of the French Riviera, and in these moments the author had me hooked, transporting me to France and letting my mouth water.

The characters were nice but simply not well – rounded enough for me and very stereotyped and I just couldn’t warm to them and their stories. There was nothing wrong with them, please do not get me wrong on this one, but they were just not my type of characters, or rather it was the way they were written, and all the right things happening so accidentally and conveniently to them that, in my eyes, made them not so relatable and this bit unbelievable.

The writing style is nice and very easy to follow, the sentences are short and they follow the same pattern of describing situations: she woke up, washed, dressed and ate breakfast. I would love it to be more descriptive, more eloquent. The situations happened one after another, the twists were predictable and immediately resolved, I missed some tension, some build – up to things and events.

Altogether, “A Very French Affair” was a light, easy, heart – warming story about friendship and second chances and how life may surprise you in the most unexpected moments, a great summer read, and even better to enjoy with a croissant. Or two.

 

My Very Italian Holiday by Sue Roberts

My Very Italian Holiday by Sue Roberts

 

40133092Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 1st August 2018

Source:  Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Number of pages: 262

Genre: Humour, Women’s Fiction

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Synopsis:

A beautiful guesthouse, a fresh start and a hunky Italian. Does it sound too good to be true?

When Gina arrives in Lake Como, thousands of miles away from her life in the Lake District, she wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Working for Fabio, running his lakeside hotel, seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After her world was tragically turned upside down, breaking her heart in the process, she was in desperate need of a fresh start. Plus, it didn’t hurt that Fabio was easy on the eyes…

But it’s not all picturesque mountains, pizza and prosecco. The crumbling guesthouse that Fabio has inherited from his family needs some serious TLC. Is she up to the challenge?

As Gina and Fabio work in close quarters, sparks start to fly. But Fabio has a secret he is scared to share, and Gina has her past to come to terms with. Does her heart belong back home or is a life in the sun – with a very handsome Italian – just the change of scenery she needs?

Escape to the gorgeous mountains and glittering Lake Como in Northern Italy! This laugh-out-loud funny and feel-good story of starting over and living life to the max is perfect for fans of Kat French, Jenny Oliver and Carole Matthews.

Rating: two-half-stars

Gina has been widowed for a few years and is now running a successful B&B that she’s renovated with her husband before the tragic accident happened. Now she works with her sister Hannah and they both enjoy their job and the different variety of guests visiting. One guest, especially, in Gina’s case. Fabio is visiting his uncle and staying in Gina’s B&B. He’s just inherited his own B&B at Lake Como and they quickly find common ground. But Fabio lives in Italy, and Gina in England, and is Gina looking for a new man in her life at all?

I’ve requested this book because this beautiful cover hollers “holidays”, and well, the title as well, but I must probably stop doing it. I mean, requesting books because I love the covers. But that’s me, a total cover – sucker. The synopsis was also promising, let’s be honest, however the first grinding occurred when Italy appeared on the pages somewhere in the middle of the book. I don’t mean it’s wrong, Lake District is also a brilliant setting, and the descriptions of it were lovely, but then the holidays were not too very Italian, right.

I’d call this book chick – lit for beginners. I couldn’t connect with the characters too much, not as much as I’d like, they were not too very well developed to be honest. The chapters were very short, which is good, as it usually make reading easier and faster, however some of them I could, well, live without, as they rather didn’t bring anything significant to the story. I missed depth in this book, to be honest: the writing style was lovely but very simple, the narration told us the characters went to the bathroom and in the next paragraph that they left the bathroom. They went to bed and they woke up. The plot was not over – lapping, the things happened one after another: one situation ended, then came another that was solved at the end of the chapter. The banter between the characters was easy to follow as it was not too complex.

Sure, the book had its strong points as well, and those were the descriptions of the food for example, and there were some funny moments and situations, but altogether it just didn’t work for me. It felt too forced and too artificial. It was too predictable and there were moments that were too dramatic to be true. But it was also a quick and easy read and there was for sure an idea there and potential. I still have the author’s debut novel on my kindle, waiting patiently to be read, and I’ll do this as soon as possible. I would recommend “My Very Italian Holiday” to those who are looking for a quick, summery and not too demanding book.