If you like books that whisk you off to gorgeous places for a spot of fictional romance then this one is for you.
My goodness Lucy Coleman is on top of her setting description game! This author knows how to bring to life a beautiful location. She knows how to make you feel like you’re wandering through the gardens of Versailles or entering the magnificent Palace of Versailles.
I was so impressed with the setting I felt like I was there with Lexi, looking out over the grandeur of the canal and the various fountains. In reality I was sat in a Waitrose cafe having a coffee and escaping the rain.
Lucy Coleman also knows how to heat up your feelings towards her handsome male character, Ronan. He’s rocketed to the top of my 2020 fictional crushes list.
Ronan, honey, I need some translating doing…so why not pop over 🙂 *reaches for handheld electric fan*
Reading this book felt like going on holiday and having a delightful romance in my head.
Here’s the blurb:
Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.
When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.
In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?
Here’s my review:
Lucy Coleman, – you should run courses for romance authors on how to write locations. Your setting descriptions are amazing and you also weave in fascinating bits of info about the location.
I thought Lexi was a great character. Her TV producer work was an interesting aspect of this story.
This book not only offers you a fictional romance with handsome Ronan, the translator and occasional cameraman but it also gives you a bit of a mystery to work out. Lexi, the main character has to uncover the secrets hidden within her grandmother’s diary entries. I quite like having a mystery to work out in a romance book although it didn’t stop my lusting over Ronan.
This book is romantic escapism at its best. The descriptions are so vivid and your emotions will be all over the place over Ronan. In addition Lucy weaves the theme of dysfunctional families running throughout the book which is something some of us can relate to.
An entertaining read and I want to read more of Lucy Coleman.
‘I knew this house needed something,’ Ronan says, slipping his arm around my waist and squeezing, ‘but I didn’t realise what it needed was YOU.’
Author Bio –
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
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