Reviewed by Robyn Koshel
Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch…
Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue – set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux.
After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality – until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything.
With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little French courage, can she save Château Bellevue before the summer is over?
Five weddings and a lot of fun!
I adored The French for Always. It starts when Sara and Gavin are engaged and set off for a new life in France's Bordeaux region. Gavin soon scampers and leaves Sara to run their dream wedding venue business.
Sara is a great character, although she is nursing a broken heart, she never become bitter or a
victim. Everything that life throws at her, she handles graciously and with pride. I really admired Sara and empathized with her. I felt she deserved more than she got at times. It was very enjoyable watching her personal growth and seeing her hidden strength shine through.
A few familiar faces show up from Fiona Valpy's first book The French for Love, but The French for Always is a stand alone novel and it is not necessary to have read the first book. I do recommend it because it was also such a lovely book.
For me the French countryside stole the show. The description are just breath taking and the food mentioned was mouth watering. I wanted to crawl inside the book and spend a holiday there.
The French for Always was a beautiful romantic read, that is heart wrenching and funny. I do have to warn you, once you start reading this book you may not want to put it down. I can't remember the last time I cried and laughed so much from one book.
I highly recommend this book as one of the best feel good holiday reads.
I'd like to thank Kim at Bookouture for sending me a copy of this eBook and Robyn from Elder Park Book Reviews for reviewing it for me.