It’s a new week and after thoroughly enjoying The Bookshop Detective last week I’m already onto my next read – and we are off to France for The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman.
Two weeks today will be the first anniversary of our first real date. Being wined and dined in a chic little French restaurant was a gigantic step forward; it signalled the beginning of a new era in my relationship with Karl. Even though at least half of the meal was spent talking about work, his intentions were clear – we were no longer simply colleagues and romance was in the air.
Since then, Karl must have told me that he loves me more than a thousand times. You might think I’m exaggerating, but I can assure you that’s not the case. He usually manages to slip it into the conversation at least three times a day. The first time he said the L word to me, it slid off his tongue so easily I could almost have missed it. It wasn’t a staring into each other’s eyes moment of discovery, just a casual ‘love you, babe’.
As the months rolled by, I pushed aside my growing fear that it was only a word to him. Because it means so much more to me, I freeze whenever he tacks it onto a sentence.
And, yes, I’m very aware that my air of disapproval does make me sound ungrateful and undeserving. But it’s all about self-preservation, you see. I’ll never utter that word again until I’m one hundred percent certain that the man I’m saying it to believes I’m their soul mate too – the perfect fit.
The last time I uttered the L word, was six years ago. It was to a guy I’d known since childhood and the man I genuinely believed I would marry when the time was right. He was handsome in a rugged way, fired up with ambition and exciting to be around. Sadly, everyone we knew thought we were the perfect couple too, except the guy in question, as it turned out…
My initial thoughts
Released in February 2018 The French Adventure(TFA) is a sweet romance/ cozy mystery with a dreamy front cover that screams holiday read. After a fifteen-year gap I’m looking to take up languages again and I’ve always loved France(especially the food and the wine, obvs) so this was right up my street. This is a standalone novel – so a nice easy read, perfect to chuck in your suitcase or pop on your e-reader.
The book is about Anna, who finds herself suddenly unemployed and single after thinking she had her whole life mapped out. Escaping to her parents home in France for 6 months she helps them renovate adjoining gites into B&B’s while she recuperates and decides what she wants to do with her life. Of course, things don’t go to plan – no spoilers here, you’ll have to read to find out what happens… 🙂
I have a love-hate relationship with romantic stories – I either get a few chapters in and lose interest or I enjoy every single word and cry a little when the book ends – I’m pleased to report TFA falls into the latter and is a gorgeous read. Anna is a really likable character and her story is easy to follow, I was totally engrossed from very early on.
The descriptions of the idyllic settings are dreamy – not too much but just enough to really set a scene and in my case – I really want to jump on a boat and go and visit. I liked the author’s style of writing and I’ve mentioned many a time how for me reading is my way of unwinding and chilling out, therefore, I don’t like complicated stories; TFA is a brilliant and beautiful read that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.
I also discovered Lucy Coleman has written a few other novels – as Lucy Coleman and Linn B. Halton and I can’t wait to check them out…
The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman is available on Kindle and in Paperback – click here to buy!