Publication Date: July 5, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Date Read: July 2, 2019
📖 “Life just got a whole lot more complicated for thirty-eight-year-old single mum Liv. Her son Jake is practically perfect in every way, but he’s started asking some difficult questions, and the answers lie in a holiday romance twenty years ago. Back when Liv was staying with her aunt on the French Riviera…
Returning to the Cote d’Azur, with its white sandy beaches, her supportive aunt, and exquisite wine and cheese is harder than it sounds though. Because – if she’s going to give Jake the answers he needs – Liv knows she has to hunt down her first love Andre. And since she’s a professional baker rather than a professional investigator, she doesn’t even have a clue where to start.
At first, finding the one that got away proves even trickier than she thought. And if she succeeds, how will he take the bombshell secret Liv has been keeping? Liv has to do the best thing for her family, but does that mean closing the door on this very French affair?“📖
This is the story of Olivia—a single mother with a cake business. When her son Jake finally asks (he is 20 years old) about his father that he has never known. Olivia decides to track André down, even though she really doesn’t have much to go on. Whilst on this journey, she remembers the summer she fell head over heels in love with a young, handsome boy in the south of France, Andre. However, at the end of their summer together, Andre left to travel the world, and Olivia was left heartbroken after returning home and never hearing from him again. Especially once she realizes she is pregnant with his child. Now 20 years later, Olivia is desperate and nervous to give Jack the father he deserved.
First let me say that the descriptions of the French food, as well as the setting of the French Riviera were fantastic in this book. These moments had me hooked and transported me to back to France.
The characters were okay, but nothing to brag about. They weren’t developed enough for me and very one dimensional. The way they were written was very bland to me. It also seemed that all the right things happened so conveniently to them that it was a bit unbelievable.
The writing style is nice otherwise. It was very easy to follow. I did feel however that there seemed to be a lack of adjectives at times when the author was describing aolivias day to day comings and goings. I would love it to be more descriptive in that sense. But otherwise the writing was simple and made for a quick read.
The situations in the plot seemed, like I said, convenient. I felt the twists were predictable and also resolved almost immediately,
Altogether, “A Very French Affair” was a light, easy read about friendship and second chances. About how life isn’t perfect and may surprise you in unexpected ways. This is a decent summer read if you like lighthearted/non-deep storylines and characters.
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Sue Roberts for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Language: Hardly- almost none
Other: Talk of sex- first time, etc. but nothing racy or descriptive.