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  • A very enjoyable read

    It’s been 5 years since Amy inherited Belle Vue Villa and it became a retreat for writers and artists. The villa already had a fixed clientele almost all year round, due in part to its privileged location and the personalized treatment its guests received. Amy was happy or so she believed, she had accomplished a lot in this time, although she still had some issues of the past to resolve. Amy was happy and grateful with life for this opportunity she had given her through her aunt Tasha, to rebuild her life. She believed that the time had come to give her something in return for everything she had received. And that is why the idea of giving away three strangers, ten days of vacation in the villa arises. From the moment she met her guests all the doubts she had about her decision were dispelled. These were women of different ages and very different from each other. But they all had in common the need to spend a few days in a different place where they could disconnect from everything to reconnect with themselves and this vacation offered by Amy was the perfect solution. Chelsea is the youngest of the four. She has a catering business and has just suffered a romantic disappointment which can have a negative impact on her professional life. Besides, she has a very strong emotional charge that keeps her from moving forward. Vicky is seriously rethinking her life since her children became independent. She always dreamed of writing a novel and doing more things in her life, all of which she left parked when she got married and became a mother. But she believes that the time has come to resume her life and her dreams. Mathilda has been fighting with grief every day for nearly a year, because grief does not overcome and consume her. She can’t get over the death of her husband to whom she was very close. They dreamed of retiring to live in a place very similar to this where she is now on vacation, but death overtook them and broke their plans. She wants a change, but she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to make it on her own. For her part, Amy, before owning this dream villa, was a professional dancer who parked everything to realize her dream of creating a family. And one day, she discovered something that broke her schematics and instead of fixing it, she ran away. But the past always comes back and when you least expect it. From the beginning the coexistence in the village is simple despite being all completely unknown. Each of them, in her own way and in her own time, faces her fears and seeks solutions to her problems while relying on the rest and confessing what concerns them. And so, between these four women a relationship is forged out of nothing and based on trust and the assurance that they are in the ideal place to see everything in perspective. The plot tells us about different topics, very common and everyday problems, but it is not recreated in them and that is something that I like very much of this author. She is able to bring out the best in every character and situation. In addition, she always places her novels in beautiful places with much to offer and to which we would all like to go. The very different characters, with their characteristics and complexities, manage to represent women who feel real, more typical of real life than fictional characters. And even though the story doesn’t have big surprises or unexpected twists, it gets you completely submerged and keeps you trapped until the end. A Riviera retreat is a light novel, which makes you feel good while inviting you to reflect on life and its setbacks. It is very entertaining and it reads very fast. For me Jennifer Bonet is a sure value, I know what to expect from her stories and I am never disappointed. I’ve loved it so much.

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  • Heartwarming characters and place

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for review based upon my honest opinion. This was such a heartwarming, picturesque, feel-good story. Our main character Amy, decides to have a competition, based upon her favourite movie and novel, Enchanted April, to win a free holiday for three women to come to stay at her little retreat in southern France, retreat that she had inherited from her wonderful loving aunt, Tasha, a retreat that had given her back a piece of her self. When we meet our three contest winners, Vicky, Chelsea and Matilda, they could not have been any more different, but over the 10 days at the Villa with Amy these four women forge a bond, they laugh, and share their lives. The story left me feeling warm and hopeful, it was a lovely little foray into the lives of these women and how they created a bond, a friendship that will last. They helped one another solve problems, sometimes problems they didn’t even know they had; their lives will never be the same. I love the style of writing of this author, I have previously read one of her other books “A Villa of Sun and Secrets” and I absolutely loved that one as well. I highly recommend this book it was such a great read. As I sat here looking out the window at the snow that won’t stop falling, I read this wonderful story, I could almost feel the heat from the French Riviera sun and could almost smell the flowers blooming in Pierre‘s garden. A lovely story that I won’t soon forget.

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  • Lovely easy read

    A nice warm book to curl up with. Nice characters, well described location which made me want to pack up and go stay in the villa.

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  • very enjoyable - a light read

    a delightful book and enjoyed reading it - a journey any woman would love to experience!

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  • Enjoyable read

    Remenicent of Rosamond Pilcher. Bet there will be a sequel!

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