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