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A Riviera Retreat: An uplifting, escapist read set on the French Riviera Kindle Edition
'A gorgeous and captivating read that made me want to jump straight on a plane to the south of France.' Samantha Tonge
*From the bestselling author of Villa of Sun and Secrets*
Take time out to find what makes you happy...
When Retreat owner Amy offers three lucky competition winners a holiday on the Cote d’Azur, she has no idea that this simple act of kindness will have life-changing repercussions on her own life as well as those who join her…
Young entrepreneur Chelsea has just been subjected to a very public relationship break up and needs to get away to lick her wounds.
MP’s wife Victoria is at a crossroads in her life now that the children have left home. She realises she has ambitions of her own and needs some ‘me time’ to figure things out.
Recently widowed Matilda is assessing life without her beloved husband. Can she find the courage to follow their dream on her own?
The four women, despite their differences, bond and support each other, making memories and forming friendships that will last for years.
A heart-warming, uplifting novel, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Erica James.
What readers are saying about A Riviera Retreat
'This is not a book you will forget in a hurry. Can’t wait for her next book.'
'An evocative and beautifully written story.'
'I loved this book. It's a real page turner I just couldn't put it down.'
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'I loved every moment of this book and already looking forward to the author's next story.
'I've fallen in love with every Jennifer Bohnet novel I have ever read and this one is no exception. They are jammed full with stunning settings and wonderful characters that just melt your heart.'
'I adored how this novel celebrated female friendship and its ability to repair and support without judgement. Such a fantastic novel - perfect to devour and delight in with a glass of wine and a few hours of peace.'
'It is a perfect summer read, for holidays, or just relaxing with. It is a very gentle and nice read. It is well written and easygoing. I enjoyed reading this book, and I will definitely recommend this book.'
'I was hooked right away from the first few pages.'
'A real taste of summer.'
'A great book about making new friends and finding yourself.'
About the Author
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women's fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07Y2BH6FR
- Publisher : Boldwood Books; Large type / Large print edition (23 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 25,625 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Chelsea is a young business owner, humiliated by an ex-boyfriend and needing to get away, she chances her arm and wins a place on the holiday.
Matilda is recovering from a broken ankle alongside a broken heart. Mourning the loss of her beloved husband and being fussed over by a neighbour she is stunned to receive the news that she has won a competition she had no idea she’d entered. Neighbour, Sheila decides to take it upon herself to enter Matilda and as luck would have it she wins.
And Vicky, an MP’s wife who wants to be plain old Vicky Lewis instead of Anthony Pinehill’s wife for a change. Needing to find herself and wanting to write a book she takes a chance and it pays off, she wins a place on the holiday.
Over the course of 10 days, the four women become firm friends, build confidence and fix all their broken parts.
Well written and beautifully atmospheric this book was the perfect start to summer for me. I wanted so much to feel the warm sun on my skin as I lounged around the pool and enjoy leisurely meals with these wonderful women. Daydreaming with this book is about as close as we will get to a foreign holiday in the sun this year. (2020)
All in all, a fabulous read.
Since her husband's death, two years ago, Matilda 's life had lost its direction. Now a silly accident to her ankle has incapacitated her forcing her to sit and reflect on their dreams for this latter part of their lives, dreams which died with William.
With her children leaving home Vicky's life is changing. Despite supporting her husband's political career she does not want it to shallow the rest of her life. She still loves him but he is absorbed in his work. Now is the time to reconnect herself with her own needs, but how?
Chelsea has started up a catering company with her best friend. Everything in her life seemed to be going well until a big revelation makes her just want to get away for a while.
All three winners gather at Belle Vue to relax and reassess their options.
At first, this seemed like others of this genre. I enjoyed the scenery of the Core d'Azur, an area I have visited and was the reason I was drawn to this book, I could relive visiting places and walking through its towns. The blossoming friendship between the four women seemed a bit too quick. But as the story progressed there were enough 'reveals' to prevent it being too predictable.
Having read this I'm looking to read Enchanted April, I saw the BBC production years ago but only vaguely remember it.
However, I wasn't so keen on the characters, with oodles of money being a common theme. One inherits a multi-million pound villa, one happens to have enough dosh to buy a smaller version, one has a loaded father who travels by private jet and the other is the wife of an MP, meaning benefitting from their huge expense fiddles. Why the author imagines readers sympathising with an MP or his wife is beyond me.
Three women less in need of a free luxury holiday, you'd be hard-pressed to find, although at least that meant we didn't get the shop girl marries a millionaire cliché we've come to expect.
Add in the usual convenient coincidences and inevitable love interests and you know how this'll end up from only a few pages in. Having said all that, it was an easy read and I'll probably buy more from this author, just for a few nights escapism.