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5* Review: Jules Wake – Escape to the Riviera

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Carrie Hayes is ready for the summer of a lifetime . .

Quiet and unassuming Carrie Hayes has a nice, steady life with long-term boyfriend Alan. But she’s been keeping a secret hidden for years. A whirlwind marriage to Hollywood superstar Richard Maddox when they were young and foolish and life was full of endless possibilities. Although no longer together when Richard went to fulfil his acting ambitions in America, they’ve never quite got a divorce.

And now a chance meeting in the paradise of the glamorous French Riviera is about to change Carrie’s summer, and entire life, for ever . . .

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Escape to the Riviera

Is it realistic for a couple to stay married, even though they never see each other? I didn’t think so, but once you get to know Carrie and Richard, the reasons why, are definitely believable. Carrie is hardworking and loyal to her family, living an unremarkable life. The chance of an ultra glamorous holiday and an unexpected offer, force her to confront painful secrets, with life changing results.
The vivid setting is authentic and beautiful. The insight into the world of film stars and the theatre, interesting. Reliable but less than exciting, Alan is well portrayed as the other man. Angie and Jade are insightful characters and support the story’s two main players Carrie and Richard admirably.
Peppered with angst, hope and humour; Carrie’s emotional journey exhibits her flawed reasoning. This makes her real and easy to empathise with. You want her to get her happy ending. Romance is implicit in every scene and the ending is a romantic masterpiece, so easy to visualise.
The lovely holiday setting reveals a story of self-discovery and the resilience and strength of true love. The perfect summer book, definitely worth reading.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins Avon UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake

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5* Review: From Paris With Love This Christmas – Jules Wake

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Just until Christmas…

That’s what Paris socialite Siena keeps telling herself. She’ll hide away in her sister Laurie’s cottage near London to escape her hot-tempered fiancé.

However, when Jason – gorgeous but a bit of a Grinch – picks her up from the airport, he reveals that Laurie hasn’t lived there for months, complicating Siena’s holiday getaway.

At first, Jason and Siena don’t see eye to eye. But after a weekend in the most romantic city in the world, experiencing all it has to offer – from the magic of a fir-lined Champs-Élysées, lit up by thousands of sparkling fairy lights, to the swoosh of skates on ice at the Eiffel Tower – Siena shows Jason her Paris, and a whole other side to herself. Suddenly Siena’s December deadline seems far too close…

This Christmas, jet off to Paris with Siena and Jason and experience the magic of the holiday season.

 

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With Love From Paris This Christmas

Yes, I know it’s not Christmas but I really enjoyed this author’s first book ‘From Italy With Love’ and I do love Christmas stories, so I thought why not? I’m so glad I did. ‘From Paris With Love This Christmas’ is full of lovely characters and festive settings, with plenty of romance and fun. It features Siena, the younger sister of Laurie, the romantic heroine in From Italy With Love.’
Siena’s emotional journey is the backbone of this story and although flawed, she develops into a romantic heroine definitely worth rooting for. The romance is natural and peppered with comic moments and lots of sexual tension that culminates in a believable outcome.
Jason is grumpy but loveable and the perfect foil for Siena’s emotional growth.
I loved the guys in the pub and the quirky but supportive Lisa. Hope we get to read her story soon.
A lovely romantic read whatever the season.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

With Love From Paris This Christmas by Jules Wake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


With Love From Paris This Christmas by Jules Wake

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5* Review: From Italy With Love – Jules Wake

24912482Blurb - Flower‘To my niece I leave the Ferrari GT250… On the proviso that she takes it across Europe to Maranello within the next three weeks. Only on successful completion of the journey to a prescribed route, will the car be hers…’

Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.

Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.

But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…

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My ReviewFrom Italy With LoveThis is a story about journeys of discovery; a literal one across Europe in a rare classic Ferrari and an emotional one from existence to living. Set mainly in Europe, I did wonder about the title, as Laurie spends the majority of her time in France. However the last few chapters make the title’s significance clear.

The characters in this story are complex and vivid, from Laurie’s recently deceased, Uncle Miles, to her shallow hologram of a mother Celeste. Laurie finds herself on a voyage of discovery and Cam her sexy, commitment phobe companion, chosen by her Uncle, is the perfect man for the job, even though his motivations for being there are sometimes suspect.

Laurie’s experiences in Europe are atmospheric and detailed. The reader sees the sights, tastes the wine and feels the emotion of each discovery with the likeable Laurie.

This is a whimsical, romantic tale but Laurie’s courage and loyalty makes her easy to empathise with. Robert, her live in boyfriend, cleverly symbolises everything about Laurie’s life that is wrong.

The plot is simple, effective and character driven.

‘From Italy With Love’ is a lovely story, perfect for the beach or the back garden.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

From Italy With Love by Jules Wake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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