Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Lilac Mills for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”
When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.
The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.
And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…
Faced with a choice between staying in you your current job, living solo and plodding on or joining the British cycling team on the road as their physiotherapist what would you do? With hesitance but determination, Molly sets of to support the team on their tour and despite not living the glamorous life that she was expecting, she finds herself falling in love.
As a fan of track cycling myself, I found the Tour de France aspect of the book really informative and despite being a non fiction novel, I really have the impression that the author not only knows her stuff but is very passionate about it. I’m pretty sure I’ve been inspired to watch the next Tour and at least I will know what is happening and what goes into the sport.
Molly was such a great character. Excellent at her job but also great at the banter side of things too. I love the added side of goofiness which made her so ‘real’ and appealing to read about. Alexander also had that focus and slight arrogance of a sportsman but when it came to the love aspect he turned into a total teddy bear. A romantic relationship is frowned upon in the workplace so the whole will they won’t they vibe of the story really kept me turning the pages.
As if all the above wasn’t enough, the breathtaking scenery and location of some lesser known areas in France were beautifully detailed and described sucking you into the story completely.
A brilliant, light book with a beautiful setting and lovable characters. Perfect!
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…
When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
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