Monday, 16 July 2018

Book Review | A Fortnight Is Not Enough By Rosemary Goodacre



Have you ever enjoyed a holiday so much you could not bear to go home?

When 18 year old Imogen from London meets Jules in the south of France she is painting a view of the river and finds he is an artist too. As a student he earns a little by restoring paintings at the nearby gallery. She extends her three day stay to a fortnight. She loves the warm sunshine and the old town with its Roman remains.

As she becomes increasingly attracted to Jules she is unwilling to return home, where her older boyfriend Luke employs her in his photography gallery, obsessed with furthering his own ambitions. She travels to the airport but then impulsively misses her flight.

Now she needs somewhere cheap to live, and a job. She finds a flat, works as a waitress and helps in the gallery. Jules encourages her to take lessons to develop her artistic talent. As they become close she does not regret her decision to stay even when the rain sets in at the beginning of autumn.

Luke arrives and tries to persuade her to return to London. She recognizes now that he is selfish, and she is falling in love with Jules. Luke returns without her.

As the tourist season ends there is a shortage of work and her position becomes less secure.
Jules family have made Imogen welcome. He lives with them in a cramped flat over his mother’s supermarket. He loves Imogen but cannot afford to support her. He proposes they frame their best paintings and try to sell them. Imogen is thrilled when the dealer buys one of her paintings, but the extra money will not last long.

Will she need to return to London or can she and Jules find a way to allow her to stay? When the gallery is threatened, fate takes a hand…

A Fortnight Is Not Enough
by Rosemary Goodacre



  • Publisher: Books to Go Now (5 Feb. 2018)
  • ASIN: B079M7BXPC






Review

There is absolutely nothing about this book I didn't like. Although it's only a short story it has plenty of fictional indulgence to satisfy any craving for a great read. 

A Fortnight Is Not Enough is set in the beautiful French countryside, making it absolutely ideal for the substantial focus on art and painting. Leading character Imogen rediscovers life as she extends her stay from 3 days to 2 weeks and begins to realise how selfish her boyfriend is. Love makes you blind but being in such an inspirational setting starts allowing Imogen to see the truth, and of course see Jules. 

I know absolutely nothing about painting but the depth of knowledge from the author is clearly defined in the way she passionately talks about the subject. The characters have a romantic, realistic feel to them which further  enhances the elegance of painting in the French countryside. Just reading through the pages transported me to the setting and I could almost smell the fragrance of the western Mediterranean. 

A Fortnight Is Not Enough is a fantastic quick read, perfect for a cosy evening, but I absolutely believe this book would happily succeed as a full length novel.


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