Saturday, 13 February 2016

Book Review - French Kisses by Jan Ellis - Paris Weekend

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Title: French Kisses
Author: Jan Ellis
Format reviewed: Ebook 
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: 27th July 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

To the outside world, Rachel Thompson has it made: a wealthy husband, a successful career as an artist, and a to-die-for house in the middle of rural France. 

That is until her husband Michael hits 40, discovers his inner love-rat and runs off with the kids' young, skinny dance teacher. 

Determined to ignore her friends’ advice to up-sticks and move back to England with her children, Rachel decides to turn their crumbly stone farmhouse into a bijou hotel. 

As Rachel strives to create a new life for herself, friends and family rally around to give her a Christmas and New Year with plenty of surprises. 

With help – and some hindrance – from her loved ones, Rachel transforms their home into a cosy guest house for an eclectic collection of visitors, including Josh Perry, a handsome American academic. 

Although Rachel is getting plenty of attention from local admirers, her husband Michael is never far away… 

Will Rachel and Michael rekindle their love affair? 

Or will she be sharing French Kisses with someone else…? 

French Kisses is a lovely romance, set in France. Rachel is stuck in a bit of a rut, until her friend suggests she turns her farmhouse into a B&B. All of her friends help with the rooms, and its lovely to see a house turn into a business. 

Rachel has an errant husband, who now lives with his new partner, although he is determined to help out with the new business if he can. Then there is also the nephew of the framer she uses for her art prints, so is in the village for a short while, from Paris and is incredibly sexy. There is also one of her guests that also catches her eye. 

So while a variety of French Kisses are shared, the question is who will be Rachel's choice to start the New Year with. 

I enjoyed Jan Ellis' writing, in this short but likeable novella. I felt that the setting although most probably gorgeous, could have done with more description, to really get a feel for the little French town life,  and that the characters could have done with some more depth. 

I would recommend this if all you want is a short stay in a French village, with a light hearted romance. Perfect for a rainy afternoon. 

Thank you to Jan Ellis for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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