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#EarlyReview Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman #5*read #Giveaway #BlogTour

Is a change as good as a rest?    

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

My Review:

If you’d won a million pounds on the lottery, what would you want to do? Fern and Aiden have very different ideas – she wants to pay off their mortgage whilst he wants to go travelling the world for a year without her! He’s off, starting his travels backpacking in Australia whilst she decides to volunteer at a retreat in Provence where she’ll have the opportunity to explore and develop her own artwork. Just what happens to them is told in this fantastic read . . . . Will their very different experiences during this year bring them closer together or drive them apart?

In amid the current chaos that is our world, this book is a haven of tranquility and brilliant book to escape into. The Château de Vernon truly sounds like a haven from our current reality, please can I go there now? The eclectic mix of diverse characters all have their own reasons for being at the Château, their diverse backstories and interactions are skilfully interwoven into a moving, engaging read which I thoroughly enjoyed and really can’t recommend highly enough.

The author’s descriptions are superb at painting vivid pictures in the imagination of the reader, making it easy for me to feel like I was really exploring the buildings and beautiful scenery, meeting and chatting with the folks there and seeing some of the stunning art work being created. It is a story about families, relationships, love and dreams, an unforgettable, amazing read – and I loved the extras at the end, but you need to read it for yourself to discover what I mean by that!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and being totally blown away by how great it is. I really hope you all get to read it and enjoy it as much as I did. This one is definitely a keeper for me.

Purchase Link

Amazon: https://smarturl.it/SummerInProvence

Author Bio –

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://lucycolemanromance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanauth

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2 comments on “#EarlyReview Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman #5*read #Giveaway #BlogTour

  1. LinnBHalton
    March 31, 2020

    Ah, Elaine – a tour wouldn’t be complete without you! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review, I’m thrilled you enjoyed the story. I really do hope it spirited you away for a little while during these worrying times. Stay safe, lovely! x

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    • bicted
      April 1, 2020

      That’s lovely of you to say. It is always my pleasure to read your books – whether they’re written as Linn or Lucy I know I’m in for a real treat and going to love escaping into them! It definitely took me away from the frightening current reality. I hope you and yours stay safe, too, we’re certainly trying to do so!


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