To Provence, With Love is the story of an aspiring writer who moves to Provence to live in a Chateaux and write the biography of a famous elderly woman. What’s not to love?
Faye Carter has recently separated from her boyfriend and is looking to make a fresh start when an elderly, famous actress, Anabelle Beech commissions her to write the story of her life. Faye moves to Provence where she meets an array of marvellous people including a handsome farmer she may be developing feelings for. Does he share these feelings? And what is the secret that Anabelle Beech is avoiding putting in her book? Will Faye decide to stay in Provence? These questions (and others) keep us engaged until the very end of the novel.
To Provence, With Love has everything that you want from this genre: a heart-broken woman embarking on a new life, a mysterious man she may or may not have feelings for, a tragedy, a family secret and a wonderfully happy ending.
There is a lovely focus in the novel on the sharing and passing on of stories and memories, which I loved. In real life, I enjoy listening to the stories the elderly have to share with younger generations (my beloved grandad told some of the best) and so this aspect of the story was something I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed the twist and secret when it came (and guessed it only slightly before it was revealed), although I did feel a bit awful for Faye initially.
The characters in this novel are so well developed and vibrant, especially Marlon the dog, that when you close the book, its like losing some real life friends. I would love to know what happens after this story: how does the romance pan out? What happens to the book? How is Marlon?
T. A. Williams’s scene setting is wonderful and the many descriptions of delicious French food will have you heading to the kitchen (and if you’re at all like me, feeling great disappointment when you discover you do not have a stash of Claudette’s homemade biscuits).
This books manages to be both a genuinely lovely story and one that continually surprises you with it’s unpredictable twists and new dimensions to the story.
Chick lit is not a genre I read often, but when it is good, I enjoy it, and I really enjoyed this one.
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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0711T5LQC
About the Author (by the Author)
I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
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* I received an ebook copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own genuine thoughts and not in any way influenced by this. My thanks to T.A. Williams and Faye Rogers for the copy and inclusion in the book tour.*