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Author: Jennifer Bohnet
Published: August 2014
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley, in exchange for this – an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book! A delightful chicklit written in the form of a blog about a our heroine, Jessica, who returns from a holiday with her husband of 23 years (Ben) only for him to take his suitcase to move in with someone else (Sam). Jessica decides to do a ‘Shirley Valentine’ and take a much belated gap year living in the south of France – I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do something like that!
Jessica keeps a blog to share her angst, as well as discussing the new places, new people, new language and lots of new experiences. Her daughter, Katie, doesn’t respond well to her parents splitting up and divorce, for a blaming her Mum for the split up and disappearing from contact with both parents. The neighbours in her apartment block add extra interest, especially Eloise and her relatives!
At less than 140 pages, this is bigger than a novella but doesn’t take long to read – ideal for when you really just want something to escape into for a little while and I like this author’s style of writing.
The author describes many of the festivals and events in the region in a manner that makes the reader feel like they, too, have enjoyed them. Whilst some of the events are predictable, they are nonetheless enjoyably written and it is a great story to escape into.
If I’ve intrigued you enough to make you want to read this, please consider purchasing it from your local bookseller as we need to keep their sales up to keep them on our High Streets! If, however, you need to purchase it online, it is also available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Waterstones.