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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanauth) ~ @BoldwoodBooks ~ @rararesources #SummerinProvence #BlogTour & #Giveaway

Welcome to Sarah’s Vignettes stop on the blog tour for Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to Boldwood Books for sending me a digital copy of the book via NetGalley.

I am thrilled to be involved with this tour. I love Lucy Coleman’s writing, having previously read and reviewed Magic Under the Mistletoe and A Springtime to Remember as well as The Secrets of Villa Rosso and A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton (also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman). I am delighted to be able to share Summer in Provence, Lucy Coleman’s upcoming novel, with you today.

I have my review to share with you and there is also a chance for you to win a paperback copy of A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman and a Boldwood Tote Bag. But first, here is a taster of what Summer in Provence is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

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 thoughts ~

I am in serious danger of repeating myself in this and future reviews for any book I read by Lucy Coleman or Linn B.Halton. How many times can I say I absolutely love Lucy/Linn’s books! If you’ve visited my blog recently, you will know I reviewed A Springtime to Remember and loved it. Well, guess what? I loved Summer in Provence too!

I read Summer in Provence before we all had to stay at home and I was captivated for hours. If I picked it up now, I would be so grateful to Lucy Coleman for transporting me to Provence and helping me escape the current situation for a few hours.  This book gave me hope and warmed my heart.

I like the storyline for Summer in Provence. Fern and Aiden have been together since their late teens and married for seven years. When they win some money on the lottery, Aiden has an itch he needs to scratch: to backpack around the world and discover more about himself…alone. He suggests to Fern that they both take a year out of work and use the time to each do their own thing. So, Aiden goes around the world and Fern goes to Château du Verdon, a retreat in Provence. The story then follows Fern on her year at the retreat and the people she mets. She goes on quite a journey of self discovery. There is a real sense of community at the retreat. Each person has their own reasons for needing the escape and the solace the retreat provides, including Fern.

Summer in Provence has some good messages about finding yourself, taking a step back to reflect, and discovering what it is you truly want in life.

I instantly connected with Fern, as I do with all Lucy’s female protagonists. I really cared about her from the first page. For me, a writer possesses a great skill to provoke this reaction in a reader. 

There is no question that Lucy Coleman knows how to tell a story and to draw her reader in from the beginning. She always goes much deeper than I am expecting and knows how to pull on my heart strings. Summer in Provence is no exception.

Thank you to Lucy Coleman for writing such beautiful stories that I devour in hours.

~ Where to find Summer in Provence ~

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman is due to be published as an eBook in the UK by Boldwood Books on 2 April 2020. It can pre-ordered at Amazon UK and found on Goodreads.

~ About Lucy Coleman ~

Lucy Coleman

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.

Connect with Lucy at:

~ Giveaway ~

Win a signed paperback of 'A Springtime to Remember' and a Boldwood Tote bag (Open INT)

Win a signed paperback of ‘A Springtime to Remember’ and a Boldwood Tote bag (Open INT)

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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler (@SarahButler100) ~ @PicadorBooks ~ @annecater #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour

I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler with you today.

My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and to Picador for sending me a copy of the book in return for my honest review.

Before I share my review with you, here is what Jack & Bet is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Even the longest marriages have their secrets . . .

Jack Chalmers is a man of few words, married to a woman of many. He and Bet have been together for seventy years – almost a lifetime – and happily so, for the most part.

All Jack and Bet want is to enjoy the time they have left together, in the flat they have tried to make their home. Their son Tommy has other ideas: he wants them to live somewhere with round-the-clock care, hot meals, activities. Bet thinks they can manage just fine.

When they strike up an unlikely friendship with Marinela, a young Romanian woman, Bet thinks she has found the perfect solution – one that could change Marinela’s life as well as theirs. But this means revisiting an old love affair, and confronting a long-buried secret she has kept hidden from everyone, even Jack, for many years.

Tender, moving and beautifully told, Sarah Butler’s Jack & Bet is an unforgettable novel about love and loss, the joys and regrets of a long marriage, and the struggle to find a place to call home.

~ My thoughts ~

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting from Jack & Bet but I didn’t anticipate it being so emotional. I feel like I should have realised it could be with two 90 year olds as the main characters but this one caught me. I really enjoyed it though.

Jack and Bet Chalmers are celebrating 70 years together. Their son, Tommy, wants them to move into a home but they want to stay in their flat in Elephant & Castle, London. When they meet Marinella, a student from Romania, Bet thinks they have found the perfect solution. However, for Bet, this means unearthing a secret that has long been buried.

The story is told from 3 points of view: Jack, Bet and Marinella. I liked how this gave the perspective of the past and the future. For a shorter novel, 256 pages, the depth of detail into each character’s story is impressive. It would have been good to have had some of the story from Tommy’s point of view though as I found it hard to warm to him.

Sarah Butler explores many themes in Jack & Bet including: long-term marriages, past lives, how we don’t always communicate with those we love when we have been with them for a long time, jealousy, society’s view of old people, how old people view the world, grief, loss, love, role reversal between parents and children, the relationship that we have with properties. The later one is an interesting one. Jack and Bet moved into their current flat after the block of flats they were in previously is being knocked down. They haven’t really settled into the new one, even though they have been there for a few years. Their old flat holds so many memories for them and both Jack and Bet are naturally reflective about it.

Jack & Bet is a heartwarming story with kindness at it’s core and I am glad that I got a chance to read it.

~ Where to find Jack & Bet ~

Jack & Bet cover

Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler was published in Hardback by Picador in the UK on 5 March 2020. It can be found in all good bookshops as well at Amazon UK and on Goodreads.

~ About Sarah Butler ~

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler is the acclaimed author of two previous novels, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before the Fire. Her writing has been translated into fourteen languages. She is also the author of a novella, Not Home, written in conversation with people living in unsupported temporary accommodation. Sarah is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Manchester with her family.

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Spotlight on: Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan (@sheilaoflanagan) ~ @headlinepg ~ @annecater #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour

Happy Publication Week to international bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan! Her latest novel Her Husband’s Mistake hit the shelves in paperback yesterday.

I am delighted to be a part of this blog tour celebrating Her Husband’s Mistake and my thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to take part.

Scroll down to find out more about Her Husband’s Mistake , where you can purchase the book from (no affiliate links in this post) and to read a little about Sheila O’Flanagan.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.

After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple. Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.

Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.

Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself . . .

~ Where to find Her Husband’s Mistake ~

Her Husband's Mistake by Sheila O'Flanagan

Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan is out now! It’s available from all good bookshops as well as at Amazon UK, Amazon US and can also be found on Goodreads.

~ About Sheila O’Flanagan ~

Sheila O'Flanagan

 Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret, If You Were Me, and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). She lives in Dublin with her husband. 

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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanauth) ~ @BoldwoodBooks ~ @rararesources #BlogTour #Giveaway

Welcome to Sarah’s Vignettes stop on the blog tour for A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to Boldwood Books for sending me a digital copy of the book via NetGalley.

I am thrilled to be involved with this tour. I have my review to share with you and there is also a chance for you to win a paperback book by Lucy Coleman and a metal leaf bookmark. But first, here is a taster of what A Springtime to Remember is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

~ My thoughts ~

I always get excited when I receive a blog tour invitation to review a book by Lucy Coleman and Linn B. Halton. Lucy/Linn is one of my favourite authors and I accept without reading the book’s description because I know I am going to enjoy it. I have previously read Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman and The Secrets of Villa Rosso and A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton so I knew A Springtime to Remember was a book for me- and it was!

A Springtime to Remember centres around Lexie Cole, a daytime tv presenter who has ambitions to be a TV producer. She has always dreamed of making a documentary about the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, ever since her grandma Viv spent a year there in the 1960s. When the situation presents itself, Lexi takes a leap and spends the Spring at Versailles. She also takes the opportunity to delve into her grandma’s time at Versailles.

During her time in France, Lexie encounters some interesting characters and hits it off with Ronan, the interpreter. It isn’t an easy ride for them both though and there were a couple of moments where I felt myself welling up.

One of the many things I love about Lucy Coleman’s writing is that it flows effortlessly and she is able to grab me and position me in the story from the first page. I instantly connected with Lexie, as I have with all of Lucy’s female protagonists thus far. If it wasn’t for life in between, I would not have come up for breath with this story until the end.

On one level, A Springtime to Remember is about love, loss, family dramas, includes some history about the Palace of Versailles all set in Springtime in France. There’s even the classic baguette, cheese and wine picnic 🙂 On another, deeper, level, it reminds us to be true to ourselves and to follow our dreams. It is another great read from Lucy Coleman.

~ Where to find A Springtime to Remember ~

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman was published as an eBook in the UK by Boldwood Books on 26 December 2020. It can be found at Amazon UK, KOBO, iBooks and on Goodreads.

~ About Lucy Coleman ~

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.

Connect with Lucy at:

~ Giveaway ~

Win a signed paperback of ‘A French Adventure’ and a metal leaf bookmark

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Sarah’s Vignettes Literary Lowdown ~ 24 February – 1 March

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, on social media, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves, and other bookish delights.

~ On the blog ~

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

On Saturday, I shared my review of The Guest List by Lucy Foley. It’s an outstanding read and it deserves all the numerous accolades it has already received – it was only published 10 days ago!

~ On my calendar ~

RNA London Chapter Leap Into A Love Story event

On Saturday evening, authors from the Romantic Novelists Association (RNA) London Chapter invited book bloggers to their #LeapIntoALoveStory meet-up event to celebrate the last day of Romance Reading Month. It was also part of the RNA’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. I had a great time chatting all things writing and books with fellow book blogger Rachel Gilbey and the RNA authors.

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 2 books to my book shelf this week.

Next month, I’m taking part in the blog tour for Below the Big Blue Sky, Anna McPartlin’s sequel to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. I loved Rabbit Hayes so I’m looking forward to finding out how the Hayes Family are doing. I think it will be an emotional read but if The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is anything to go by, it will be a beautiful, compassionate and uplifting read.

Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin

From the bestselling author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes comes a huge-hearted novel about death, family and finding laughter in the most bloody mental places.

Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin

When forty-year-old Rabbit Hayes dies, she leaves behind a family broken by grief. Her mother Molly is distraught and in danger of losing her faith. Her father Jack spends hour upon hour in the family attic, poring over his old diaries, losing himself in the past.

Rabbit’s brother Davey finds himself suddenly guardian to her twelve-year-old daughter Juliet. Juliet might be able to fill a hole in Davey’s heart – but how can he help Juliet through her grief when he can barely cope with his own?

Meanwhile, Rabbit’s sister Grace is struggling with the knowledge that she carries the same gene that made her sister ill, and Rabbit’s best friend Marjorie is lost, struggling to remain a part of a family she has always wished was her own now that her link to them is gone.

But even though the Hayes family are all fighting their own battles, they are drawn together by their love for Rabbit, and their love for each other. In the years that follow her death they find new ways to celebrate and remember her, to find humour and hope in the face of tragedy, and to live life to its fullest, as Rabbit would have wanted.

Below a Big Blue Sky will make you laugh, cry and shout with joy for the colourful, unruly Hayes family as they battle with the loss of their beloved Rabbit, the daughter, mother, sister and friend, who in her own crazy way taught each of them how to live, and goes on showing them how to love from beyond the grave.


I was thrilled to receive a signed copy of The Paper Bracelet from Rachael English. I adored The American Girl and The Night of the Party so I am excited to read Rachael’s latest novel. It’s already out in Ireland and it comes to the UK on July 9th.

The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English

The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English

For almost fifty years, Katie Carroll has kept a box tucked away inside her wardrobe. It dates from her time working as a nurse in a west of Ireland mother and baby home in the 1960s. The box contains a notebook holding the details of the babies and young women she met there. It also holds many of the babies’ identity bracelets.

Following the death of her husband, Katie makes a decision. The information she possesses could help reunite adopted people with their birth mothers, and she decides to post a message on an internet forum. Soon the replies are rolling in, and Katie finds herself returning many of the bracelets to their original owners. She encounters success and failure, heartbreak and joy. But is she prepared for old secrets to be uncovered in her own life?

~ On my bedside table ~

I’m currently reading Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler and I’ll be sharing my review here on 11th March.

Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler

Even the longest marriages have their secrets . . .

Jack Chalmers is a man of few words, married to a woman of many. He and Bet have been together for seventy years – almost a lifetime – and happily so, for the most part.

All Jack and Bet want is to enjoy the time they have left together, in the flat they have tried to make their home. Their son Tommy has other ideas: he wants them to live somewhere with round-the-clock care, hot meals, activities. Bet thinks they can manage just fine.

When they strike up an unlikely friendship with Marinela, a young Romanian woman, Bet thinks she has found the perfect solution – one that could change Marinela’s life as well as theirs. But this means revisiting an old love affair, and confronting a long-buried secret she has kept hidden from everyone, even Jack, for many years.

Tender, moving and beautifully told, Sarah Butler’s Jack & Bet is an unforgettable novel about love and loss, the joys and regrets of a long marriage, and the struggle to find a place to call home.


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Until next week, happy reading!

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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley (@lucyfoleytweets) ~ @HarperCollinsUK ~ @annecater #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour

I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Guest List by Lucy Foley with you today. I loved The Hunting Party so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy of The Guest List.

My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and to Jen Harlow at HarperCollins, for a copy of the book.

Before I share my review with you, here is what The Guest List is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

On an island off the windswept Irish coast, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.
 
Old friends.
Past grudges.

 
Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.

 
Thirteen guests.
One body.

 
The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .

~ My thoughts ~

Ooh, just reading the blurb gives me the chills – and this book has a lot of them!

The Guest List is a classic whodunnit, with an Agatha Christie vibe. It is set on Cormorant Island, a remote island off of the Irish coast, where the only way on and off is by boat – and that’s when the weather is behaving itself. It’s the perfect setting for the wedding of the year but also for tragic events to unfold.

The Guest List begins on the evening of the wedding party where a body has been found on the island. The story then plays out between the day before and the party. It is told from the points of view of 5 characters: Jules, the bride, Olivia, the bridesmaid, Hannah, the plus-one, Aoife, the wedding planner, and Johnno, the best man. They really are an interesting bunch, each with their own stories and memories of the past. The closer it gets to the wedding, the more tense the atmosphere becomes and the more unsettled the characters are.

The island is a character in itself and acts as the catalyst for the events that unfold. The island’s remoteness and isolation plays with the characters, tormenting them. They feel trapped and, bit by bit, their true colours begin to show and decades old secrets and grudges emerge.

Lucy Foley has a brilliant way of creating an atmosphere in very few words. She is an intelligent and accomplished writer. Like The Hunting PartyThe Guest List is an outstanding read and deserves the numerous accolades it has already received (it was only published nine days ago!). I am already looking forward to the next book.

~ Where to find The Guest List ~

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley was published in Hardback by HarperCollins in the UK on 20 February 2020. It can be found in all good bookshops as well at Amazon UK and on Goodreads.

~ About Lucy Foley ~

Lucy Foley

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party, an instant Sunday Times and Irish Times no.1 bestseller, was Lucy’s debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination. Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.

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Sarah’s Vignettes Literary Lowdown ~ 17-23 February 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, on social media, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves, and other bookish delights.

~ On the blog ~

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

On Monday, I shared my review of The Foundling by Stacey Halls. This book really touched me.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

On Wednesday, I shared my review of The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. It is a powerful and significant story, compassionately and beautifully told. Whether you read it or listen to it, I believe that it is a story that we should all experience. 

~ On social media ~

On Friday, The Reading Agency published 6 books in their Quick Reads collection. Quick Reads are short and engaging books for adult readers and there is a story for everyone.

In the 2020 collection:

This is Going to Hurt: a specially adapted version by Adam Kay

Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand

The Donor by Clare Mackintosh

The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnson

Notting Hill Carnival: A West Side Story by Candice Carty-Wiliams

A Fresh Start by various authors, edited by Fanny Blake

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 1 book to my digital shelf this week.

I’m taking part in a blog tour next month for Summer in Provence, Lucy Coleman’s upcoming novel, which is out in digital on 4th April 2020. Lucy Coleman aka Linn B.Halton is one of my favourite authors and I always enjoy reading her books. I just love the cover for this one!!

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Is a change as good as a rest?

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

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.

~ On my bedside table ~

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

I’ve almost finished reading A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman and I’ll be sharing my review here on 5th March.

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret. 

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds.  Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…

Let Lucy Coleman sweep you away with this perfect feel-good love story.


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Until next week, happy reading!