May 6, 2014

The French for Love by Fiona Valpy

The French for Love

Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months.  
So when she inherits her aunt’s ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside – swapping the miserable English weather for blue skies, sunshine, great wine and a fresh start.
What she hasn’t factored in is a hole in the roof, the most embarrassing language faux pas, and discovering family secrets that she was never supposed to know.
Suddenly feeling a long way from home, Gina will have to rely on new found friends, her own hard work – and Cédric – her charming, mysterious and très handsome new stonemason.
But whilst desire needs no translation, love is a different matter.  Can Gina overcome the language barrier to make her French dream come true?
Like a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine – The French for Love is the perfect summer escape.

I borrowed the summary from Fiona Valpy's website. Gina's a wine taster and due to cut downs at work she loses her job. When her aunt passes away she inherits a house in France. As she desperately wants to get away from it all she decides to move into her aunt's home. The house needs some work and because of that she meets Cédric and his brothers. Building a new life for herself isn't as easy as it sounds though.
I loved the setting and the atmosphere of this book. I could dream away about France and handsome Frenchmen. Gina's so naive, but gradually she learns. Her profession is wine and she tastes and drinks a lot of it. I really liked the wine making twist in the story. I could picture all of it very well. This story really came to life for me and I wanted to leave to go to France straight away.

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