It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her.
Brenda, fed up with her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could be better than an idyllic escape?
But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned.
The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate.
Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…
Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again?
Poor Flick, she's on a road trip with her snoring mother Brenda, and her late father's ashes in France - destination: unknown.
When the satnav signals their arrival, Flick tries to locate the location of their hotel, only to find they're staying in a neglected chateau in their own sleeping bags. To say the trip is intended for Flick to recover from the traumatic year she's had after being jilted at her wedding, it isn't selling itself straight away.
As they get to know the local villagers and the mysterious neighbour, Nate, the chateau starts to appeal more to Flick, especially as it's renovated and the former glory starts to shine through.
Secrets unfold and lives are changed as Flick and Nate both try to learn to live and love again.
With warm humour and beautifully enticing description of Breton life and the enchanting woodland setting, The French Escape is just what it says, a perfect dose of escapism that will make you laugh and cry as the pages turn.
Plot, pace and characters are sharp and well written, and I love the developments in the book, both with the chateau and the people themselves. I also adore Brenda, she's such a...mum, and I want to give her a hug.
Also, just to give a quick shout out to this cover as I absolutely adore it!
A hugely well deserved 5* to Tullett.
Thank you to Bombshell Books for providing me with a copy of the book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.