I am happy to share my review of this fantastic book by Jennifer Bohnet. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the blog tour!
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication date: April 7, 2020
Publisher: Boldwood Books
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…
Please Note: This book was previously self-published many years ago, but this is a new, updated edition with extra content.
Any book that can make me shed tears for the main character has my heart!
This book is largely about how Anna struggles to put the past behind her and embrace the future. Daisy’s story is told along the sidelines, and is not as impactful as Anna’s.
Daisy is the young journalist who is just beginning out in life and career, whereas Anna is the mature woman who has lived with a deep pain for all her adult life and is only now seeking closure. Anna has a most understanding and empathetic partner by her side, Leo, whereas Daisy is licking the wounds from a bad breakup.
There are so many contrasts between the two unrelated women, however by the end of the story, they find themselves deeply connected and the best of friends.
The story gave me an insight into the hectic socializing and trading that goes on during the Cannes Film Festival. I got a glimpse of the beauty of the south of France and became familiar with many French words and phrases. The descriptions of the locality, the parties, the food, the buildings, and the events was so vivid that I felt I was right there beside the characters, drinking it all in.
Anna’s pain became mine and although I could guess some of the plot twists, I was fervently hoping for a happy ending.
I loved the book–its authentic French flavor, its lifelike descriptions, and its portrayal of women and the factors that drive them to take hard decisions–all of it was brilliant!
About the Author
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 10 women’s fiction novels, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and The Little Kiosk By The Sea. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.
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