Blurb; Welcome to Freya’s French Farmhouse, the second book in a brand new series from the author of the Hummingbird Hotel series and the Cornish Confetti Agency series.
Escape to the French Riviera!
After losing her aromatherapy studio in the Blossomwood Bay fire, Freya Farnham finds herself at a loose end, especially when her trusty Renault decides that it’s time to head to the scrapyard in the sky. Now she has no excuse not to agree to her parents’ request to head to the pretty village of Saint-Julien to find out why her late Uncle Toby’s gorgeous French farmhouse isn’t selling, even when the real estate agent, Xavier Deschamps, advertises himself as “the best in the whole of Provence”.
As soon as she arrives, Freya realises what the problem is, and so, with the help of handsome local car mechanic Jacques Jordan, she invests her last euro in a kaleidoscope of cleaning products and sets about transforming the drab and dusty dwelling into a chic and shiny château. Little did she know that in the process she would discover more about her family’s history than she bargained for.
Can she come to terms with her past? Or will the demons that have been snapping at her heels since childhood prevent her from seizing the chance to achieve a much-longed-for sense of belonging in the friendly community where she’s treated as one of their own?
Why not join Freya as she explores the lavender-infused Provençal countryside, and enjoy a trip filled with fun, fragrance, and delicious foodie treats with a dash of heart-warming romance thrown in for good measure!
My Review; Having read book one and enjoying it, I was already familiar with a lot of these characters in this story. We dive into what happened to Freya after the incident in book one. These are best read in order. What follows is Freya decides to find her new beginning elsewhere, that being France. She soon settles in, finds her friends, and there may even be a little romance blossoming. But she has a family estate to sort out first and might have met her first enemy. A brilliant read. Uplifting, hopeful, and a new beginning. A well-deserved four stars from me.
Blurb; New York City. June, 1982. When eighteen-year-old Beth arrives in Manhattan for a prestigious journalism internship, everything feels brand new – and not always in a good way. A cockroach-infested sublet and a disaffected roommate are the least of her worries, and she soon finds herself caught up with her fellow interns – preppy Oliver, ruthless Dan and ridiculously cool, beautiful, wild Edie.
Soon, Beth and Edie are best friends – the sort of heady, all-consuming best-friendship that’s impossible to resist. But with the mercury rising and deceit mounting up, betrayal lies just around the corner. Who needs enemies … when you have friends like these?
My Review; This is a young adult story setting sail into the big world with an internship and starting university. It’s about her friendship with another, which could be classed as toxic. It’s about the difference between rich and poor. Romance. Drugs. This is such an easy read that you will be able to devour in a day like myself. I really enjoyed it. I’m sure we can all relate to at least one friendship very similar to the one we read about. A well-deserved four stars from me.
Blurb; When Luna loses her beloved mother, she’s bereft: her mother was her only family, and without her Luna feels rootless. Then the chance discovery of a collection of letters in her mother’s belongings sends her on an unexpected journey.
Following a clue in the letters, Luna packs her bags and heads to Venice, to a gorgeous but faded bookshop overlooking the canals, hoping to uncover the truth about her mother’s mysterious past.
Will Luna find the answers she’s looking for – and finally find the place she belongs?
My Review; I have been a fan of this author for a long time, and she has never disappointed me. She has written another gorgeous story for us all to enjoy. A story of adventure and Luna finding herself after the loss of her mother. It’s a beautiful story with the best ending for all the characters. Set in beautiful Venice… In a bookshop… Working with a hottie. Plus a lot of cats. So if you like cats, books, romance and a new beginning this is the perfect read for you. Uplifting. A happy read. I enjoyed every page. A well-deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.
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