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What will be will be…
Belinda Marshall’s idyllic teenage life in Brittany, France, fell apart when her parents dramatically separated and her mother took her back to England.
Fast forward thirty-five years when Belinda’s world is once again turned upside down.
It’s the week before Christmas and Belinda’s employer ‘surprises’ her by asking for her help to rejuvenate their latest investment, a run-down campsite in Brittany.
Memories and anxieties that had lain dormant for years suddenly begin to resurface.
As secrets from a lost life threaten to overwhelm her, there is a realisation that maybe she wasn’t told the whole truth by her mother all those years ago.
Can Belinda reconcile her emotions and find happiness once more in the place she so loved and called home?
If you adore novels set in stunning locations then you cannot fail to love a Jennifer Bohnet novel. The reader is always transported to a whole new world and in A French Affair we are whisked away to Brittany in France where Belinda has been sent to turn a dilapidated camping site into a glamorous and thriving business. Trouble is, she has to share the responsibility with the rude and mysterious Alain.
The campsite and surrounding area where Belinda spends time is described with a vivid richness that made me want to go there immediately. The serenity of the campsite and the joy of watching it all come together was wonderful. In the local area I absorbed every taste and sight there was.
Jennifer Bohnet doesn’t just tell stories. She creates characters, situations and friendships that are so real they jump of the pages and into your hearts. Belinda is a little bit of a closed book at the beginning of the novel but as the story progresses snippets of Belinda’s past are revealed, allowing the reader to really develop an understanding of her behaviour and thoughts at times.
Overall this is a light read but has a good balance of drama and emotional threads too. Clear your schedule if you’re picking this one up because you won’t want to leave Brittany, its inhabitants or Belinda once you start.
Author Bio – Jennifer Bohnet
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.
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