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From the bestselling author of Villa of Sun and Secrets.
A sweeping, bittersweet love story amidst the glitz and the glamour of the French Riviera.
Two very different women are starring in their own real-life dramas behind the scenes of the Cannes Film Festival.
Newly in love, Anna Carson returns to the Festival for the first time in nearly 40 years hoping to reconcile her past with her present-day happiness.
Journalist Daisy Harris is looking for a big scoop at her first Festival and is determined to embrace her new single status amongst all the glitz and glamour.
Behind the champagne and parties, secrets from the past are bubbling to the surface and difficult decisions need to be taken.
One thing’s for certain – by the end of the Film Festival their lives will have changed forever…
In the current times when my brain is mush, the little monsters want a snack every ten minutes and my routine has gone to pot it’s still good to know there are some things that are endlessly reliable – such as a Jennifer Bohnet novel. You are always guaranteed and beautiful location that plays an essential part of the plot, realistic characters, often of a more mature age which is really appealing, and a fine mixture of romance, family and history. Rendez-Vous in Cannes did not disappoint and gave me just what I needed at this point in time.
Set on the French riviera around the Cannes film festival, Rendez-Vous is a novel that explores past relationships, moving on and making amends. There are several plots told throughout this novel but they all fit together so seamless and snug that’s it’s hard to pull them apart. As a reader you get get lost between the pages and allow the wonderful words of Ms Bohnet to take you where she intended.
Anna is returning to Cannes for the first time since being a teen and is planning on confronting someone from her past. Before she can do this the opportunity is taken away and Anna has to deal with the repercussions. In the present Anna has a new love interest Leo and is head over heals but will the past get in the way?
Daisy is a journalist covering Cannes for the first time. Fresh-eyed and excited we get a very atmospheric and innocent view of Cannes through her eager eyes and it’s as though I was there – experiencing it with her. The atmosphere and vibrancy of the place is so vividly described into the story telling it wasn’t hard to put myself in Daisy’s shoes.
I love how Jennifer often includes characters of varying ages in her novels and despite often having exclusive locations, the women are realistic and relateable. I adored both Daisy and Anna and completely devoured their stories.
A perfect companion for a sunny day of reading in your garden or on your sofa. Highly recommended.
Author Bio – Jennifer Bohnet
Sixteen years ago Richard and I, with our then dog, 14 year old Holly in a trailer attached to Richard’s bike, cycled down through western France via the canal paths, arriving in Antibes in July. With the exception of two fleeting visits back to the UK we have lived in France ever since.
For the past five years we have lived in a small cottage in central Brittany with one large collie dog called Viking, one fat cat known as Little’un and a young tortoiseshell cat called Missy. Oh, and there are various ducks and chickens in the garden, and a large pond with about a hundred fish in!
I have contributed short stories and serials to many of the UK women’s magazines including, The People’s Friend, Candis, My Weekly, Best, Yours and my stories have been published in Australia, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland.
I also write magazine features and my work has been published in national magazines and newspapers like, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Home and Country, Devon Life. For over three years I had my own newspaper column in the South Hams Group of Newspapers, that took a wry look at family life.
I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.