Saturday, 27 September 2014

The French For Christmas

Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. 

When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan. 

Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. 

And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin

With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything? 

I've not read any of the "French" books before so wasn't sure what to expect. It certainly isn't your average chick lit. I don't think I will give too much away to say that the main character lost a baby, and this is portrayed so vividly that I had to choke back tears (on public transport too!). The issue of the loss is dealt with very sensitively and there are lots of insightful musings by the main character on this topic and life in general.
I loved the references to cooking and for me that made the book - at the end I was in a will she won't she tussle and couldn't decide which way it would end. I'll leave that for you to discover.
This title is yet to be published and I read it courtesy of NetGalley.

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