My grateful thanks to Jan Ellis for sending me a copy of French Kisses in return for an honest review. French Kisses was published by Endeavour on 27th July 2015 and is available in ebook from Amazon and you’ll find more from Jan here.
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 fun romance about starting again and learning what really matters.
My Review of French Kisses
When artist Rachel’s ex Michael has a baby with his new and much younger partner, the whole of the French village where Rachel lives think it’s time to give her a new project, preferably with a new man and so Rachel opens Tournesol Guest House.
French Kisses is a lovely light, romantic novella just perfect for the beach or, as I did, for reading on a long haul flight.
Alongside characters to care about with Rachel as a down to earth person anyone would be pleased to have as a friend, there’s humour and wit with spiders and ragged trousers playing their part fully. Given that this is a novella, I thought the depth of Rachel’s character was incredibly well presented. Her natural dialogue and the emotions and thought processes she displays are all very clearly and carefully depicted so that she comes across as a highly plausible ‘real’ woman.
What Jan Ellis does so well though, is evoke the setting. She provides a feast for all the reader’s senses from the texture of a cat’s fur to the shades of red in a print for the wall. The creation of a typically French village is perfect without being cliched and I could picture the blue serge suits of middle aged men and almost taste and smell the delicious pastries, cheeses and Christmas dinner.
The plot is fairly simple but still gives plenty of interest with life not always running smoothly for Rachel and the story is well thought out so that it is a hugely satisfying to read. I wasn’t entirely sure if Rachel would get her man – or if she did, which one it might be! You’ll have to read French Kisses for yourself to see what happens!
I really enjoyed the escapism of French Kisses and I want to book my stay at Tournesol Guest House immediately.