Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Books Read: Katie Fforde - A French Affair

Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House - an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside.

Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep.

The last thing either of them want is to fall in love.

But will a trip to France change their minds?

When I saw that A French Affair was available on NetGalley I decided to request a copy for review as it's been a number of years since I've read a Katie Fforde book.

The last thing sisters Gina and Sally expected when their beloved aunt Rainey died was to inherit her stall in an antiques centre, The French House, especially as they know nothing about the antiques business themselves.  But it would appear that Rainey had thought of that as she'd suggested that Matthew, the centre's owner, teach them everything he knows which he reluctantly agrees to.

Sally isn't that keen to get involved as she's a busy mum of two and much prefers all things modern so it's left mainly to Gina to take on the challenge to try and make a success of the stall.  But soon Gina finds herself catching the bug as the more time that she spends with Matthew on buying trips and to antiques fairs, the more she discovers a love for all things antique... 

My one big niggle about this book is its title which I took literally and was expecting there to be a big romance played out in France but the trip to France was actually just a small part of the storyline.  In hindsight I can see now where the title comes from but it was easy to jump to the wrong conclusion.

A French Affair was a charming old-fashioned love story but I have to confess that it was a little bit too predictable for more liking, there were no real major surprises to lead you down the wrong path.  All in all if you're looking for a nice pleasant read to help pass a few hours then you can't go far wrong with this book.

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