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The French Escape: Book review 

Book blurb

It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her. 

Brenda, fed up of her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could be better than an idyllic escape? 

But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned. 

The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate. 

Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…

Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again? 

The French Escape is a heart-warming, happy ever after, love story. Follow Flick and Nate’s laugh out loud and emotional journey as they negotiate matters of the heart and learn to trust again.  

My review

What better book to take on my recent trip to Paris, as you can see from this Book Selfie.

This is a delish read. From the gorgeous cover, probably the prettiest I’ve seen this year, to the stylish writing that encompasses all things French. 

Flick has had a terrible year following the death of her father and desertion by her husband just after the wedding. When her mother, Brenda, suggests a stay in a Brittany Chateau she’s not all that impressed. She’s even more confused when she turns up to find…. well you’ll have to read that part for yourself. There’s Nate, around every corner. Just what is he doing living in a cottage on the estate? There’s a mystery here, one she’s determined to solve. 

This is beautifully written tribute to all things French. The writing is well-crafted with lots of humorous moments. There’s lots going on and plenty of vignettes of French village life to enthral and bewitch. A writer to watch…

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A Christmas Gift: Book review

Book blurb

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

My review

Sue Moorscroft is one of my favourite writers so it was a sure fire bet that when I heard she had a Christmas book out I’d snaffle up a copy. Obviously it goes without saying that this is a competent writer with well-crafted plots and sublime characterisations but it’s her extensive research and divergence from theme that shines through in this book. Two characters. Georgine, now down on her luck and Joe, from the wrong side of the track both thrown together to help plan a Christmas show. She doesn’t recognise him at first and herein lies the problem. Both have secrets from their past that they have to overcome before the inevitable HEA. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Governess Game: Book review 

Book blurb

The accidental governess…After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.
The infamous rake…
Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.
Available here

My review

This is my first Tessa Dare novel but not my last. I loved the start. Alexandra falling in love with a stranger following a chance meeting in a bookshop, a stranger who turns out to be a scoundrel on all levels. A year later, following an unfortunate accident Alexandra finds herself governess to his unruly wards. Both Chase and his wards need work and who better to instil some discipline?

 Beautifully crafted, I raced through this in a couple of sittings. If there is one criticism there were a couple too many bedroom scenes than I’m used to but that’s all a matter of personal choice.