Hello Lovely reader, Summer is here and so are summery, vacation books especially now that we have to stay indoors, this is a nice way to bring the outdoors safely inside. Happy Reading and Discovering new stories.
Title: Summer in Provence
Author: Lucy Coleman
Genre: Women’s contemporary fiction
Publication Date: 7th April 2020
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Location Set in: France
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.
A summer at an Artist’s retreat in Provence, one year break from their Marriage, it may not be what Fern expected from Aiden, her partner of 13 years but that’s what she gets. Love makes Fern agree with Aiden’s plans of separating for a year to explore personal interests, which they cannot explore together given their individual phobias. Fern reluctantly agrees the year apart to let Aiden catch up with the travel bug that keeps him restless and unsatisfied in their marriage. Fern, too, finally listens to her heart and picks up the paint brush.
It’s true when they say any relationship especially marriage takes an effort to keep it alive and thriving. This story show what happens when the said effort is missing or is let go of. Aiden though being true to self is unfair to Fern whom he till the end insists on being in love with. Fern tries to go with the flow even when her heart knows that Aiden’s personal break from marriage might just be an excuse, delay to the inevitable end of them. Still the fool in love she agrees to his selfish plans and goes to Provence at an artist retreat to once and for all see if the yearning to paint is worthwhile.
I loved the story and how Fern handles herself in the face of pending heartbreak without being a door mat.
The characters at the retreat in Provence from the owner Nico to other artists and participants are a bunch of people who make the story interesting not only from a readers point of view but for the story line too.
The ending is so satisfying that it makes up for the pain Fern goes through. It was exciting to see her journey to being herself and fulfilling her dreams and desires.
The premise was relatable with no exaggeration and moments close to reality which makes it relatable and hopeful.
Summer in Provence is definitely relatable and an uplifting story for anytime of the year.
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.
Reviewed by Bee