Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman #Review #Giveaway

I always enjoy Lucy Coleman's books and here is her latest which will be published on 2nd April by Boldwood Books.  There is also the chance to win a signed copy of A Springtime to Remember and a Boldwood Books tote bag. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. You can also read my review of A Springtime to Remember here.

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

My Thoughts

In Summer in Provence, we have an interesting situation where Fern and Aiden decide to have a year apart and reluctantly, Fern travels to Provence to rediscover her creative side. What she finds when she gets there are some lifelong friends and a community which accepts her from the start. She has some issues from a family tragedy to come to terms with which go some way to explaining why she has felt so protective of her family.  

    You do not meet Aiden very much for most of the book. He is a fleeting character who you glimpse as he rushes through text messages and short telephone calls to Fern. However, he is a major part of Fern's life and she has some difficult decisions to make. The setting of the book is absolutely beautiful and a major source of inspiration to Fern. With an interesting mix of characters and some character development, this does not disappoint. 

In short: Travel to Provence for an uplifting tale.
About the Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!'

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

You can follow Linn/ Lucy here: Facebook   |  Twitter  |  Website

Book links: Amazon UK   
Thanks to Linn and to Megan of Boldwood Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

Catch up with the rest of the tour!
Giveaway  (International)

To win a signed paperback of 'A Springtime to Remember' and a Boldwood Tote bag (Open INT) just follow the link below and good luck!

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  1. Thank you so much for being on the tour, Pam, and for taking the time to read and review during this difficult time. Wishing you and your family good health!


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