A Wedding In Provence
By Katie Fford
A Wedding In Provence whisks readers off into France for some pure entertainment and escapism. Take a look below at the Blurb and Review and a little about the author, what you’ll find is certainly interesting. Thanks to Century Publishing UK/Penguin Randomhouse for allowing me to review.
Late summer, 1963
Fresh from London and a recent cookery course, Alexandra has always loved a challenge.
Which is why she now finds herself standing outside an imposing chateau in Provence.
Waiting for her inside is three silent, rather hostile children who are to be her charges for the next month.
They will soon be more friendly, she tells herself. All they need is some fun, good food and an English education.
Far more of a challenge though is their father – an impossibly good looking French count with whom she is rapidly falling in love . . .
A Wedding in Provence oozes romance and spells a time to chill out with a book, in the garden with a glass of wine.
It all begins in autumn, 1963 in Paris, where you meet Alexandra, who is only there for a day before heading to finishing school in Switzerland. There is an air of adventure and possibilities on a day that Alexandra has without her guardians deciding what or where she should go next. When reading about this, you can’t help but feel a little excited for Alexandra, to have this time of freedom. She then comes across Donna, who isn’t feeling her best. Alexandra’s personality then starts to really reveal itself and it is easy to warm to her.
The book is a rather fun and relaxed read as Donna (who is married to Bob), and Alexandra get to know each other. There’s a bit of humour, perhaps also in places it isn’t meant to be, such as some gorgeous guy having a job, just as Alexandra doesn’t want to leave France. As far-fetched as that sounds, it really just adds to the entertainment and pure escapism that continues to shine through and that is just part of the catalyst of what unfolds, making for an enjoyable read and where more of the story unfolds, as she arrives at a chateau and meets the family living there, to start work with them, taking care of the children. It isn’t all plain-sailing, plus they need educating. It’s interesting reading about different schools and the opinions of adults with what to choose for their children.
Amongst her work and the grandeur of the chateau is also food galore that all seem to jump off the page and there’s romance brewing between the count and Alexandra.
Everything is romantic, right from the setting to the premise. It’s enjoyable escapism!
About The Author
I live in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with my family, and I’m a country girl at heart.
I first started writing when my mother gave me a writing kit for Christmas, and once I started I just couldn’t stop. Living Dangerously was my first novel and since then, I haven’t looked back.
Ideas for books are everywhere, and I’m constantly inspired by the people and places around me. From watching TV (yes, it is research) to overhearing conversations, I love how my writing gives me the chance to taste other people’s lives and try all the jobs I’ve never had.
Each of my books explores a different profession or background and my research has helped me bring these to life. I’ve been a porter in an auction house, tried my hand at pottery, refurbished furniture, delved behind the scenes of a dating website, and I’ve even been on a Ray Mears survival course.
I love being a writer; to me there isn’t a more satisfying and pleasing thing to do. I particularly enjoy writing love stories. I believe falling in love is the best thing in the world, and I want all my characters to experience it, and my readers to share their stories.
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