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  • Endings Becoming Beginnings

    If it's something steamy you are looking for, this title is somewhat misleading. If it's a "new beginnings" tale set on the other side of the chanel, then this is your read. A French Affair sets out new pathways from the past's loose ends in delightful and hopeful ways that will keep your interest through to the last page.

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  • Good food, good friends + romance❤

    🌄New starts for everyone! Lovely setting with friends, family and a little feud? 4-4.5🌟stars I really liked the characters in this story set in rural Brittany. I am a big fan of novels that offer romance and new adventures to the over 50 set and this story has a majority of its main and key secondary characters who've experienced life and heartache and are ready to turn the page and begin a new chapter of living. Divorced grandmother Belinda has career choices and a fractured past to address, plus she arrives in Brittany to find a brusque, confrontational Frenchman who challenges her constantly as she settles in her new assignment: quickly getting a dilapidated camping ground into shape for her hotelier bosses. Belinda aims for modernization to expand their pool of likely visitors; Alain favors the nostalgia of a more rustic, family-oriented refurbish. Widowed Fern and her ninety year-old mother-in-law are trying to regroup after Laurent's sudden death eighteen months earlier in a car crash. Fern's been through two marriages but now, running a none too busy Auberge that she's put all of her assets into remodeling, she's a bit lost and lonely. Belinda's story is deepened by her sad memories of ties to Brittany and the wrenching separation of her parents. Her return to Brittany after over three decades away churns up old hurts and disconcerting questions. Fern faces pressure from her son-in-law to upend her life for his family's benefit. The plot has a good variety of action, emotion and introspection that keeps it moving at a good pace. Yes, there are quite a few sad moments and at times Fern seems to beat the brunt of them, but it's not unrealistic, especially the way her bosses make major decisions that affect her and THEN bring her in the loop, But I think the good food, fond friends and close family moments sprinkled with some clean, sweet romance make it in toto a happy story of reconciling with change and moving forward. I totally enjoyed the book and will be looking in future for others by its author. Thanks to publishers Boldwood Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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  • Ideal Holiday Read!

    What a lovely read! A complete tale with a beginning, a middle and a satisfactory ending. Belinda hasn't returned to France since her parents split up when she was a teenager - her mother returned to England with her and she never saw her father again. Now divorced and close to her daughter and family, Belinda has never considered returning to Brittany until her employers send her to oversee the run down campsite they have just added to their business, tasked with bringing it up-to-date and taking guests as soon as possible. Can Belinda survive this journey full of past memories? Jennifer Bohnet certainly pens an interesting tale full of believable characters and situations. I loved how the story develops with Belinda making new friendships and the introductions of other threads, keeping my attention throughout. There are just enough details of french food to make my mouth water as I read, and I always melt a little when characters have a canine friend in tow! A well-written, well-planned novel with engaging characters and scenic locations, this is an ideal holiday read especially this year when many of us go no further than our own back gardens! Recommended to lovers of the genre and earning a full four stars.

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  • great summer read

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for review based upon my honest opinion. This was a great summer beach read. Belinda was a great character I enjoyed her story from start to finish. The people she encountered in her story like Fern, and Bernie, all great characters. The book was very descriptive, I felt like I was in France with her, I could so easily see it in my mind from her descriptions. It was an easy read, it actually could’ve been a little longer and some of the characters would’ve been nice to see them more detailed, maybe hear more of their story. I really like this author, Jennifer Bohnet’s stories always leave you with a smile on your face. This was not my favourite of her books but it was very enjoyable.

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  • Enjoyable

    A very good read. However, a bunch of reviews talk about the "south of France". Brittany it not the south of France. It's the northwest area of France.

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