Divorced and on a deadline, bestselling novelist Bea Pinkerton has a serious case of writer’s block. With her agent breathing down her neck, Bea will do ANYTHING to avoid writing another word.
So an invite to a reunion with her old school friends at a beautiful chateau in France is Bea’s perfect chance to escape. Surely here, relaxing with old friends and drinking cold fizz, Bea will find inspiration?
But as soon as Bea arrives, she realises this is not going to be the peaceful getaway she anticipated. Her old school friends Gin and Audrie are in various states of marital distress, and to top it off, a camera crew has arrived to film the goings on at Chateau De St Cyr. Far from being calm, the trip is total chaos!
Thank goodness for Bea’s new French neighbour Laurent Sinclair – handsome, charming and perhaps exactly the romantic muse she needs to get her mojo back.
But is Bea brave enough to take a second chance at love at her age?
Perhaps with a little help from her friends…
I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
I enjoyed this gentle and often hilarious tale about Bea and her friends when they reunite after several years apart. Set in France in a renovated chateau, it has instant feel-good vibes, and each of the three main characters has believable characteristics. Audrie, the owner of the chateau, has marital issues and a freeloading son she loves but despairs of, and Gin, the third member of the Baggies, is emotional about her latest divorce. Bea is the central character, a bestselling author with writer’s block whose life lacks the romance and vibrancy of her stories.
I enjoyed the multi-generational elements and the heartwarming and uplifting qualities it has. It’s an engaging story with an endearing main protagonist and a delightful vivid setting.
Maddie Please is the #1 bestselling author of novels, including The Old Ducks’ Club and Sisters Behaving Badly. Having had a career as a dentist and now lives in rural Devon, where she enjoys box sets, red wine and Christmas. She will take a new direction in her writing for Boldwood with joyous tales of older women.