In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy. Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.
But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…
I loved The Christmas Promise (what wasn’t to love) so when I spotted Sue had written another and something set in France it was a sure fired bet I was going to be quick off the mark in adding it to my TBR pile. In fact it shot right to the top but, shush don’t tell anyone.
A mille-feuille read.
For those who may not know, mille-feuille is the term for those French layered pastries the British have stolen all in the name of the custard slice. A custard slice is not a mille-feuille but that’s for another blog post. In the context of this review mille-feuille means thousand leaves (layers) and, as this is a book of many parts… It’s also a book where chocolate features heavily so as an analogy it’s staying!
Here we have a family, an extended family in crisis. A broken marriage, no – two broken marriages. Three grieving children. A broken man and a pretty messed up woman. Throw them together in a gite in Alsace along with a car called ‘The Pig’ and there’s bound to be fun, frolics and quite a few tears. I raced through this, if not in one sitting then two. There are gems I’m not going to forget “you cougar” and words that I’m obvs going to have to add to my vocabulary “I fink”. I just loved it, every single word and now… and now I can’t wait until Christmas for her next one.
Available to pre-order here