Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

Anna has been in a relationship with Karl for a while now, but because of the fact that they work together they have to keep their private life a secret. Karl has no problem saying 'I love you' to Anna, but on the day he needs to stand up for them as a couple he lets her down. Anna walks out on her job and Karl with her head held high. She needs to take a little time off to get herself organized again, so Anna rents out her newly bought house and joins her parents, who are living in France. For the first time in her life Anna has no plans for her future. Will her working holiday in France give her some much needed directions?

Anna's parents have bought a Bed & Breakfast in France and in the next six months Anna will help them to get their cottages ready for guests. They have a waiting list already, so every pair of capable hands is more than welcome. Anna works every day, together with Sam. Sam is a builder and he's a patient teacher. Anna and Sam get along well and a friendship is slowly forming between the two. Anna and Sam both have their own issues to work through. Anna needs to deal with Karl, who doesn't take the breakup very well and Sam is still heartbroken over a tragic loss. Can Anna and Sam find a way to overcome their issues and give love another chance?

The French Adventure is a sweet story about family, true love and choosing to live again. I loved the vivid descriptions of the Bed & Breakfast and I could easily picture myself having breakfast in the secret garden. It's been a while since I've been to France and after reading The French Adventure I can't wait to plan another visit to this beautiful country. I loved Anna immediately. She's fierce and creative and I enjoyed reading about the close bond she has with her parents. She's a hard worker, but often worries too much. Her parents are so kind. Anna also has an amazing best friend to rely on, which warmed my heart. Anna is determined to help fulfil her parents' dream and I laughed out loud many times when I was reading about the tools she uses when she's helping out Sam. Anna and Sam are both incredibly special and I was wishing for them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Lucy Coleman has managed to perfectly capture the warm feeling of the French countryside and the lovely little nearby villages. The Bed & Breakfast sounds like an amazing place to visit and I would have booked a room or a cottage in a heartbeat if I could. I loved the life lessons Lucy Coleman writes about, since they're all so true. I escaped to her world every chance I got, because I wanted to keep reading about Anna and Sam. The French Adventure is an amazing story that grabbed me from beginning to end.


If you love romantic stories set in France, The French Adventure would be a perfect choice.

About Lucy Coleman

Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful.

Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.

‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed every morning!’

If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!

Lucy Coleman is a pen-name of Linn B. Halton


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  1. The French Adventure sounds like a heartwarming, feel-good romance that will have me wanting to move to France and start a new life.

  2. Sounds like a charming visit to France!

  3. Would love to win this book for my Mum who reads a lot.

  4. I've seen this book around and it sounds and looks so appealing to me!

  5. Been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it

  6. Thank you so much, Anniek, for your very lovely review and to everyone who enters the competition - good luck! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Anna's story and I must admit I'm now a little 'homesick' for France, as it's always been a place where I can relax. In fact, we're off to Versaille this summer and I can't wait! Happy reading, all! xx

    1. Aww, you're so sweet! Have a wonderful time in France! Can't wait to read this! :D xx

  7. This sounds right up my imaginary French alley, hahaha! Love sweet romances and gorgeous surroundings and two main characters who help and support each other. :D Someday I really want to go to France! As I live in Northern Ireland it's not all that far... just need to get the health up! *Dreams* :D xx

  8. Sounds good can't wait to read it.

  9. LOVE THIS. Amazing prize

  10. I like the idea behind this novel and it sounds like a very interesting read to hear how Anna copes with the drastic changes in her life.

  11. Tjhis soiunds like a fantastic read!

  12. Sounds great. I love Linn's books :-)

  13. Charlene MerrallMarch 7, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    These kind of books are my absolute fave! Getting lost in finding a new life!

  14. Sounds a great story

  15. Lovely review. I feel the sunshine.

  16. This looks to be a lovely novel! I have a cousin who majored in French, married a French man, and has raised a beautiful French daughter. She has been after me for years to come stay with her. I suspect that if I read your book, I will be unable to resist her entreaties.

  17. Sounds like a great read - would love to win thank you

  18. Sounds like an amazing read. Love the blurb.

  19. This looks like a lovely book to read on holiday