Book review: The French for Always - Fiona Valpy

Five Weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch...

Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue – set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux.

After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality – until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything.

With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to

turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little courage can she save Château Bellevue before the summer is over?

My opinion.
Such a lovely read! The story turns out to be everything the cover promises you: romance, sun, breathtaking scenery, and did I say romance?
Sara is such an easy to like, easy to love main character. You feel very strongly about her and Fiona describes all her emotions, from hope and happiness to sadness and heartbreak so well that it might just be you, living in a French castle planning weddings! And what a life that would be! Sara's hardship aside, of course.
Fiona Valpy brings a wonderful variety of characters to the party so there's definitely not a dull moment, both in Château Bellevue and in reading. Be warned, after you've dried your tears, you might just book a plane ticket to some desolated vineyard for a holiday in the sun drinking wine, eating French bread and falling in love. 'Cause yes, all of that can happen!
The French for Always is a lovely summer read about dreams, friendship and romance in all its forms; and in Château Bellevue everyone comes together to celebrate just that.
I was very very happy when I found out that there's a sequel! The French for Love! Guess what I'll be reading...


About the author

I moved to France from the UK in 2007, leaving behind a career in Marketing and Public Relations to explore new avenues, and now teach yoga and write. Having renovated an old rambling farmhouse with my husband, I have developed new-found skills in cement-mixing and interior decorating, although my preferred pastime by far is winetasting. 

'The French for Love' is my debut novel, inspired by the people and the wines of the Bordeaux region. 

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                                    Big thank you to Kim for contacting me about reading and reviewing The French for Always. I absolutely loved it. Thank you!


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