When Ellie’s boyfriend forbids her from going to France to attend her best friend’s wedding, she decides she’s had enough.
She dumps him and goes to France by herself. But travelling alone is scary and Ellie realises how reliant she’d become on the men in her life.
On holiday, she learns to trust her own judgement and grows in confidence. Just when she decides she doesn’t need a man to complete her, she meets Ash, who is everything her ex wasn’t.
But is Ellie willing to give up her new found independence and link herself to another man?
- Friends to lovers
- Heroine asserting her independence
- Summer in France
- Tiny puddings
That Holiday In France is a standalone story set in the little Yorkshire village of Trewton Royd (and France). Ideal for fans of Mhairi McFarlane or Sophie Kinsella.
Trewton Royd Series
Book 1 – Pat’s Pantry
Book 2 – Snowed In
Book 3 – Christmas for Commitmentphobes
Book 4 – Belonging
Book 5 – That Holiday in France
An Enjoyable, Warm Read!
What a nice read! This has brought a much needed taste of sunshine after a weekend of high winds and rain.
Ellie’s best friend Sophie is getting married – and she has an invitation to the wedding! It will mean a bit of a trip as Sophie now lives in France, but Ellie really doesn’t want to miss it. However, when her boyfriend decides that she won’t go, the blinkers fall from her eyes and she dumps him. She’s shocked to realise just how much under his thumb she has been and although travelling abroad and alone is outside her comfort zone, Ellie is determined to attend the nuptials. When she discovers feelings for another man, she isn’t sure she wants to give up her new found independence . . .
Not only is this a warm, happy read but it manages to incorporate a couple of the issues which rear their ugly heads in society today. Far from being a preachy read, it”s well-written and flows smoothly throughout but doesn’t shy away from spelling out the truth. Ellie is a wonderfully warm character, beautifully created but she has fallen into a crevice with seemingly no way out. The only person she can rely on is herself – and, having found herself, she is afraid of losing her way again. I can see a lot of my younger self in Ellie; I suspect many readers may identify with her. The characters are all skilfully crafted and could be encountered in any community. A very enjoyable read with some ups and downs along the way, and worth four stars.
My thanks to Book On the Bright Side both for my copy of the novel and my place on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Rhoda Baxter writes romantic comedies about strong heroines and nice-guy heroes. Having studied microbiology at university, Rhoda likes all things science geeky. She also loves cake, crochet and playing with Lego. She lives in Yorkshire with her young family and wishes she had more time to bake.
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