Hello, Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well?! I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this wonderful blog tour for; The French Farm House by Jo Thomas. I can’t wait to share my review of this utterly charming book with you all, so settle back, grab a cuppa and enjoy!
The French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary
Publisher: Transworld Books
Can she find her recipe for happiness?
Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie.
Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?
A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.
Praise for Jo Thomas
‘Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned’ Milly Johnson
‘The characters went straight to my heart’ Katie Fforde
‘A sparkling, heartwarming hug of a story’ Miranda Dickinson
‘Like the best kind of holiday’ Lucy Diamond
This is the first I have read by Jo Thomas and I have certainly been missing out on something with this hugely talented author. Yet again it is another case of me walking around in a bubble – I really must get out of that much-loved bubble 😉 I love her easy escapist, up-lifting and heart-warming writing. The story is like an unmarked chocolate box, inside is full of delicious surprises.
Doesn’t everyone have the dream of leaving your city life behind and moving to the beautiful French countryside? Well, Del and Ollie do just that, after years of heartbreak with infertility issues they decide that now is the time for a fresh start, now is the time to maybe get their relationship back on track and find their love for each other again. They find themselves in the beautifully rustic and charming little village in Provence, the perfect setting for a whole new start, right? Well, not quite! After six weeks Ollie decides that that’s it for him, he packs up the van and basically buggers off, this is where Del must make the choice that will change her life.
- Does she follow her husband, and return to the life that they had left behind?
- Does she say goodbye and farewell to the man who has driven out of her life and embrace her knew happier one?
She knows that Ollie and she weren’t happy, so she is left alone with a heap load of trouble; a crumbling farmhouse massive debt, a few Lavender plants and an old recipe book and she has never felt happier or more liberated. This is the start of the new Del. With that she starts to make her way through her new life, as she bakes, laughs and she lives…does that also mean new love?
I won’t tell you too much, you may be able to guess some of the stories but no spoilers will escape through my lips, you really need to grab a copy settle into your favourite reading chair and fall in love. I can tell you now you will fall in love, the rustic French life will get under the skin and you will dream of Lavender fields.
You know, I think this may be the first review I have done in ages where I didn’t go on a long-winded waffle about the hero.. hmm?! Interesting, but I found Del and her journey far more satisfying than any handsome Frenchman – this time at least 😉
I really liked Del, she has great vision, once she finds the thing that makes her happy she is determined to make her new life work and she works hard to achieve it. She hasn’t had the best of luck, but she is such a lovely woman you want everything to go right for her.
This is essentially a romance, yet I saw it as a book of self-discovery or finding your feet in what is an uncertain world, that if you have a dream no matter how small then you can achieve anything with perseverance, determination and good friends. It’s a simple story at heart one of second chances and love, one that we may know, but I loved just how well crafted this is, how it is full of sunshine and smiles, in other words reading this will make you happy, it will fill your heart with positivity and hope which I think we all need that in these uncertain days.
Escape to the French Farmhouse is a magical, captivating and heart-warming story, full of rustic charm and wonderful characters who you will instantly warm to, it will leave you feeling comforted and full of happiness.
This was a complimentary copy via Netgalley which I reviewed as apart of this blog tour, thank you, Anne.
About The Author
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children
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