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.
An Injection of Sunshine & Warmth!
It’s that time of year when we’ve had our fill of chilly mornings, interminable grey days and rain which seems like it will never stop; what’s needed more than anything is an injection of sunshine and warmth – and that is exactly what this novel brings.
Fern and Aiden are a young, hard-working professional couple; when they have an unexpected cash injection Fern hopes they can bring forward their plans to start a family. Aiden, however, sees it as an opportunity to spread his wings and travel the world. And so begins their year apart, each pursuing their own interests before getting back together again and continuing on with their lives . . .
I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to work – but work it did. As we follow Fern to Provence, we begin to understand how much she misses her husband, parents and siblings and just how much they each mean to her. In some ways, a year is no time at all whilst in others it’s an eternity; her year unfolds at different paces but what clearly shines through is that it’s her year. I found this a very comfortable and soothing read; the author really does full justice to the scenic area of Provence, creating a fabulous group of really appealing characters, each with their own history. I can’t say I expected where it went – I didn’t really expect anything at all, happy to just go with the flow. A novel really worth reading from a writer who understands her characters and lets the story lead the way. I was happy with how it ‘ended’ – the final bits, wrapping up each character’s future, was a nice idea but, for me, unnecessary. A memorable read, and one I’m very happy to give 4.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot in this tour. This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: ebook, audiobook
- Size: 339 pages
- Publisher: Boldwood Books
- Publication Date: 7 April 2020 (2 April 2020 in US)
- Links: Goodreads
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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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