Friday, June 9, 2017

With Love for Romantic Books: The Château of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
 
Wendy wants safety in her life. She prefers boring and stable, as someone hurt her badly and she never wants to go through the heartbreak and shame it caused again. She has a job she doesn't particularly like, but it pays the bills. Wendy is close to her neighbor Eulalie. They aren't relatives by blood, but Eulalie is Wendy's family. When she passes away she leaves Wendy a château in France. Wendy had no idea the castle she knows so much about because of Eulalie's stories is actually real. However, Wendy isn't the only heir. She has to share the château with someone else, Eulalie's nephew Julian.
 
Wendy had no idea Eulalie had a nephew. He didn't visit Eulalie and he's actually never even met her. Wendy's annoyed by Julian's presence. He might be a gorgeous model with a six-pack, but looks aren't everything and Wendy doesn't like him. She thinks Julian is a git who has cheated her out of half of the castle. She's stuck with him though and when they visit the château neither of them is prepared to leave. How can Wendy get rid of Julian and will she keep disliking him so much when she gets to know him?
 
The Château of Happily Ever Afters is a wonderful story. Wendy likes to know what to expect, to be in control. She's a serious person with a strong sense of responsibility. Spending time in France is a big adventure for her. She doesn't speak the language and she has no idea what to expect of a castle in the countryside and isn't prepared at all. There are many things she has to learn, but she's determined to make the best of her stay and wants to find out why Eulalie loved the place so much. Eulalie and Wendy shared their love of baking and the descriptions of Wendy's creations are mouthwatering. She loves baking for people and doesn't mind spoiling them with her delicious cakes. This shows how warm her character actually is, but Wendy pretends to be cool and distant instead. She has a fantastic versatile personality. She's also sweet and hilarious and she keeps landing herself in uneasy situations. I liked Jaimie Admans's sense of humor a lot. When Wendy denies that she likes Julian she's especially funny and I laughed out loud several times when I read her amusing dialogue.
 
Julian is stunning on the outside, but he isn't arrogant because of it and his personality is actually quite beautiful. He's a model and has to work hard to keep fit. He's often cheerful, is great at teasing and his behavior regularly made me smile. He's a fabulous person to read about. His character has plenty of hidden layers and I enjoyed the way Jaimie Admans slowly peels them off. I liked his connection with Wendy very much. At first they bicker, but it's impossible to dislike Julian's good-naturedness. This made me love the story even more.
 
The Château of Happily Ever Afters is romantic and mysterious. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous setting and enjoyed reading about the French countryside, the food and the calm and cozy way of life. I could easily picture every detail and think Jaimie Admans is a skilled storyteller. She makes everything she writes about come to life incredibly well with her colorful, vivid and sometimes funny descriptions. The Château of Happily Ever Alters is a terrific summer read with an endearing ending. I highly recommend this enchanting, heartwarming, entertaining and charming book.
 
Advice
 
If you love reading romantic stories set in France with gorgeous food descriptions and wonderful small adventures The Château of Happily Ever Afters is an absolute must-read.
 
About Jaimie Admans
 
 
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
 
 
Giveaway
 
One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed postcard with a personal message from Jaimie Admans and a magnet of the cover of The Château of Happily Ever Afters.
  

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.
 

11 comments:

  1. The Château of Happily Ever Afters sounds like a terrific summer read. I think I'll enjoy reading about the French countryside and all the lovely sounding food.

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  2. Just wanted to say thank you again for such a lovely review, Suze! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book! Thanks for finding the time to read and review it!

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  3. Thanks for the wonderful review. Sounds like a lovely and interesting summer read.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. This so looks like a book I couldn't put down!!

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  5. This sounds like a great book!!

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  6. Romance and mystery? A great combination. I can see me either enjoying this in the garden in summer or curling up on the settee with it in front of a roaring radiator when the weather is rubbish. Love the cover too, I think I want to go and live there.

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  7. Your review made me to want to read this book.

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  8. What a gorgeous cover. Love the title.

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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