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Title: To Provence, With Love
Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 12th July 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Escape to the south of France with this perfect feel-good summer romance!
Anything is possible…
Struggling writer Faye Carter just can’t believe her luck. She’s off to Provence to write the autobiography of a famous film star and she’ll be staying in the stunning chateau!
So when she meets charming (and completely gorgeous) lavender farmer, Gavin, she knows that she’s made the right choice – even if glamourous, elderly Anabelle seems to be hiding something…
But when the sun is shining, the food is delicious and the air smells of honey, anything seems possible. Will the magic of Provence help Faye finally find a happy-ever-after of her own?
Another brilliant 5* story from one of my favourite authors – simply gorgeous! So much so that I’m actually going to repost my review of this book today. I couldn’t resist posting originally on the book’s release day but believe this is definitely a book that I hope many will read, a story that starts with the main character struggling with her role before fate steps in . . . .
Faye Carter is a language teacher who loves teaching but hates the increasing pressure and bureaucracy associated with the job, especially since the school has had a new Head and she’d discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Faye has already published a book and is amazed when she’s contacted by solicitors and offered the opportunity to work with the famous film star, Annabelle Beech, to write her biography. When it turns out this will necessitate her saying in a stunning chateau in Provence for six months, she just can’t believe her luck – or the salary she’ll be earning! A visit to the chateau for an interview gives her the courage to resign her post and make the move. She makes a new friend on her arrival – Marlon, a lovely Labrador belonging to Miss Beech, who usually barks vociferously at strangers but who greets Faye as if she’s a long lost friend from the very start.
The area of Provence where most of the story is based is brought vividly to life, especially the countryside, its sights, sounds and people which Faye discovers whilst taking Marlon for walks. He also re-introduces her to his brother, George, and his owner, Gavin, who owns the neighbouring farm and is still grieving from personal tragedies. The author slowly reveals more about the characters as Faye gets to know and interact with them all, sharing the knowledge at a realistic pace, making the story all that much more believable. The interactions between them all run the whole gamut of emotions at different times and you’re aware there are secrets being kept by so many of them, waiting to be revealed. There are delicious meals described that will make your mouth water, we could all do with a Claudette in our lives! The whole community is brought to life in this peaceful, calm and relaxing story of loves, past and present, relationships, grief and new beginnings. As usual for one of Trevor’s books, I loved it from start to finish. He skilfully brings the people, places, communities, food and events to life, making them real in the imagination of his readers. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book – and all the others I’ve read by this highly talented author -as well as love, lavender and two Labradors, it has beautiful scenery, delicious food and, of course, a brill story!
I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it – I’ve also read most of Trevor’s other books shown here:
I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
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