Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Jennifer Bohnet, Boldwood and Netgalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Escape to hills high above the French Riviera with international bestseller Jennifer Bohnet.
After tragically losing her husband, Nicola Jacques and her teenage son Oliver relocate to his father’s family’s Olive Farm in the hills above the French Riviera.
Due a family feud, Oliver has never known his fathers’ side of the family and Grandpapa Henri is intent that Oliver will take over the reins of the ancestral farm and his rightful inheritance.
Determined to keep her independence from a rather controlling Grandpapa, Nicola buys a run-down cottage on the edge of the family’s Olive Farm and sets to work renovating their new home and providing an income by cultivating the small holding that came with the Cottage.
As the summer months roll by, Nicola and Oliver begin to settle happily into their new way of life with the help of Aunts Josephine and Odette, Henri’s twin sisters and local property developer Gilles Bongars.
But the arrival of some unexpected news and guests at the farm, force Nicole and Aunt Josephine to assess what and where their futures lie.
This book was previously published as The French Legacy.
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Nicola is such a sweet character and my heart really went out to her. She loved Marc and despite divorcing, at his request when he went to do humanitarian work, they were not completely estranged or without love for each other. So, when he dies Nicola is grieving and their sone Oliver has lost his father. When she is summoned to France by Marc’s father, Nicola sells up and moves there in order to mend bridges with his family. Can she find the strength to heal and her heart and to make amends with Mark’s family.
Jennifer’s books always immediately transport the reader completely into the setting and completely brought The French Riviera to life in my sitting room. It’s so beautifully described and Henri’s farm is such a peaceful and perfect place for Nicola to heal and support her son.
The relationship between Nicola and Oliver is such a lovely one and so well developed. The rebuilding of their lives in France was so tenderly written and I loved how the aunts welcomed and supported them whilst developing a new relationship. Henri was not a likeable character but I think Nicola it become clear why it was difficult for him. There was a clear difference between the relationship he had with Nicola and that of the one with Oliver but he did frustrate me at times. I love when character make me feel really strong emotions.
This is a story about building bridges, forming new relationships, moving forwards after grief and starting a new life. It’s emotional yet heart-warming and simply wonderful.
Author Bio – Jennifer Bohnet
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 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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