Thursday, 1 June 2017

French Kisses Book Review

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A London Affair Kate leaves the countryside for a job in a posh London deli and is soon surrounded by croissants and cappuccinos as she finds herself at the centre of a delicatessen dating adventure. Along with the job come new flat-mates, including the fun, exasperating Imogen and her long-suffering boyfriend, Freddy. Kate thinks she's doomed to early spinsterhood, but Immy has other ideas and sends her friend out into dating land with unexpected consequences for them all.

This is a fun romance that takes the reader from the King's Road to Cornwall with an eclectic bunch of characters including an old hippy, a Russian property magnate and an ex-boyfriend who doesn't know when to give up.

French Kisses When Rachel Thompson moved to France in her early twenties, little did she suspect she would stay, become a successful artist and marry Michael, the love of her life. Life in France is peachy until Michael hits 40, discovers his inner love-rat and runs off with the kids' young, skinny, dance teacher.

Determined to rebuild her life, Rachel recruits friends, neighbours and her children to help her transform the family home into a cosy guest house, and soon attracts an eclectic collection of visitors - and two quite different admirers.

French Kisses
by Jan Ellis

Publisher: Waverley Books
Publish Date: 4 May 2017
ISBN-10: 1849344426
Rating: 5/5


After reading the incredible books A Summer Of Surprises and The Bookshop Detective from Jan Ellis. I was incredibly excited and utterly delighted when the lovely lady herself asked if I'd like to read French Kisses. Obviously I just had to say yes!

Following on from my other experiences of Jan's writing I'm thrilled to offer French Kisses another 5 star review to add to it's already glowing collection of positive reviews.

After the very long blurb, which I shamefully copied from Amazon, there's not a huge amount I can add to the general scope of the plot without giving too much away. However, I fully intend to indulge you on how much I enjoyed this book.

As a mini collection of two novellas, you get a double bubble of fiction which will certainly make the next few hours of your life fly by. A London Affair is very absorbing and a charming read but my favourite of the two is without a doubt French Kisses.

There's something so uplifting about reading how a scorned lady can turn her life around for the better that makes me love this type of story so much. Learning to live after love, and heartbreak, is an exciting and emotional journey which is depicted perfectly in this book. Rachel's team of friends and allies help her to create a new life out of the remnants of her old one, by turning her home into a guesthouse. This is something I used to want to do myself, until I realised I'd actually need some money so that didn't happen.

The guests who appear come from a variety of backgrounds but there are two in particular who cause some peaked interest, who will remain nameless to avoid spoilers. These said admirers of Rachel add a lovely addition to the already sweet and entertaining story of French Kisses and they certainly make the pages turn just that little bit faster to see what happens next.

What else is there left to say apart from how much I loved this book! I'm so grateful to Jan Ellis for giving me the opportunity to read French Kisses and I implore you to give it a read too. You'll love it! 
*PR Samples received unless otherwise stated

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