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 this Christmas…?
I enjoyed this very light read. You can finish this one in one sitting if you have the time.
The story is set in France. In Pelette to be exact. A small little village in the middle of nowhere. It was nice to read about this place. It makes you want to visit it to have a relaxing holiday right away.
The story is devided into two parts. Ellis is writing about the time from September to November in part 1 and part 2 is from December to January. Ellis is a good writer and the story was well written. Rachel, the main character, was very likeable. Also all the other characters were very sympathetic, funny and charming. I really like the idea turning Rachels home into a guest house. It was great to see how much support she gotten from all her friends and family to make the guest house a success.
Seeing Rachel to get herself into a love triangle was interessting. It kept me turning the pages to see if she’s choosing the right man to have her own happy ever after. The ending was a bit too rushed if you ask me. I was quite disappointed when the story ended at 88%. I was like “What? It’s already over, you gotta be kidding me?” I wished the book had been a bit longer. I’d love to read more of Rachel and X (don’t want to give away who Rachel is ending up with) one day. It was a lovely and enjoyable story but it just did not blew me.