Release date - 5th March 2020
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - Zaffre
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I want to thank Tracy from www.compulsivereaders.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
When Nicola's husband, Dominic, retires they decide not to spend their days finding hobbies to fill the time until Countdown is on. Instead, they fulfil their life-long fantasy of buying a country house and filling it with their dearest friends. Reliving their youth and spending their children's inheritance.
Joined by seven of their friends they club together to invest in a château in Normandy. Group dinners, fine wine, beautiful scenery - they're living the dream!
But la vie en rose is harder than it first appears. Is there a reason why only teenagers take gap years?
Who hasn't dreamed of giving up the rat race and humdrum of everyday life, and moving to the French countryside to retire in style? Well, in A YEAR IN THE CHÂTEAU by Sarah Long you don't have to dream as you get to experience it all with some cracking characters along the way to keep you entertained.
Fed up of the constant go, go, go of life, Nicola and Dominic hatch the perfect plan for their retirement now that their children are all grown up and shouldn't need them as much - they will move to France and buy a château with a group of their closest friends, where they will each have their own apartment but a communal area for socialising, and they can live off the land and truly relax for the first time. Paradise, right? But what happens when old crushes resurface alongside some secrets that were never meant to see the light of day? Or when their historical home starts to look more like a crumbling ruin as time goes on?
I loved the premise of this story from the very beginning and that didn't change by the end of the story - the idea that a group of friends could live together, with their own space too, and enjoy each other's company even though they all have very different personalities, tickled me throughout and was a unique take on the retiring abroad dynamic. The characters are all fresh, unique, and likeable (some more likeable than others), and I enjoyed getting to know each one. The setting is excellently depicted and I could picture the château in my head with great detail which I always enjoy, and there are some surprises along the way to keep you entertained.
A YEAR IN THE CHÂTEAU by Sarah Long is not a fast-paced story but rather a story that slowly unfurls at a relaxed pace and I found it to be an enjoyable tale of growing older but still wanting to follow new dreams and have an exciting future. An enjoyable story from start to finish.
Sarah Long was raised in Essex, educated at Oxford and worked in publishing before moving to Paris with her husband and young children. She now lives in London with the same husband and most of her adult children, at the midlife stage that inspired her new novel Invisible Women.
She is the author of two previous novels, And What Do You Do? and The Next Best Thing, as well as Le Dossier of Hortense de Monplaisir or How to Survive the English, a helpful guide to understanding the ways of the British, as seen through the eyes of her snobbish Parisian alter ego.
Although now back in the motherland, she has failed to leave France behind, and spends as much time as possible at her house in rural Normandy, making jam, digging things up and watching the wildlife which often ends up, uninvited, indoors.
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Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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