Monday 22 August 2016

Book Review - Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #35

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Title: Escape to the Riviera
Author: Jules Wake
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 24th June 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

Carrie Hayes has a job she enjoys and a perfectly nice boyfriend. She’s sorted. Isn’t she?

But Carrie’s life wasn’t always like this. As a young, wild drama student, she married fellow actor, Richard Maddox, after a whirlwind romance. Life back then was full of possibilities, but when Hollywood beckoned Richard, Carrie was left behind.

Now an A-list superstar, Richard’s life couldn’t be more different to Carrie’s, so when their paths cross in glamorous St Tropez, she can’t help but wonder what might have been.

But with lovely, sensible Alan in tow, Carrie knows she needs to do the right thing. The only problem is,
Carrie and Richard never quite got round to getting a divorce…

You know exactly what you are going to get with a Jules Wake book, fantastic settings, great characters and some playful dialogue that will draw you into the story, and Escape to the Riviera does all that incredibly well. 

I loved the backdrop of the French Riviera as Carrie tries to find Richard Maddox, top movie star, in order to ask for a divorce, since she has just agreed to marry her boyfriend Alan. Alan is unaware of Carrie's married status, and its a race against time to get the divorce through before their upcoming wedding. 

Along with Carrie, her sister Angie and her niece Jade manage to get a loan of a gorgeous property on the Cote D'Azur for the summer holidays, and even the logistics of getting there were quite amusing as were the expectations of what the house would be like, compared to the reality. 

When Carrie and Richard come across each other it soon becomes very clear that the book is about to get incredibly interesting as they come to a tentative agreement. Add in start struck Jade, and even a budding relationship for Angie and you have all the ingredients for a great summer. 

Loved seeing Carrie grow into her self as well as some of her reminisces of what she was like back when she and Richard were together.  

Escape to the Riviera is a beautifully summery read that is very enjoyable, and takes in the contrasts between normal people such as Carrie and just what being with a film star is like. Expect to see some amazing transport options, private functions and a surprising personality from Richard. 

Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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