Dec 4, 2014

The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy

A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic…

Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, The French for Christmas is the perfect Christmas treat.

Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory.

When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.

Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness.

And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin?

With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?


Evie's had such a horrible year. She's heartbroken and grieving. Christmas is something she doesn't look forward to at all. Even though she's received several invitations, she decides to spend this year's Christmas on her own. When her friends offer her a stay at their cottage in the French countryside she doesn't have to think twice. Evie's sure the solitude will do her some good. Alone with her grief she finally has a chance to mourn her great loss and the break up of her marriage. The first days by herself are a bit of a blur and when she finally finds the courage to go outside and get some food she catches a horrible bug. Fortunately her next-door neighbor is a doctor who comes to her rescue. He's gorgeous and he's easy to talk to. Evie finally starts to heal with the help of great food, unexpected company of wonderful people and maybe even a little bit of romance. Then someone from her past is threatening to ruin everything. Will Evie be able to go through with her great new plans or will the old and familiar lure her back in?
The French for Christmas is a story about loss and grief. That doesn't mean it's a sad book, it's actually quite a hopeful one and I liked that a lot. I love Fiona Valpy's French countryside stories and this one is no exception. The setting is wonderful and the snow and winter weather give it a fairytale like atmosphere. Evie is sympathetic and strong which makes her a perfect heroine. She comes to the remote cottage to find some peace and quiet, but she doesn't count on finding so much more. That aspect of the story made me so happy. Gradually Evie is starting to feel more and more festive and it was great to read about her progress. I could totally picture the French market, the delicious cooking, the ancient stove and cosy, warm fires which instantly created a wonderful holiday mood. The French for Christmas is such a lovely Christmas story, you don't want to miss it.


  1. Oh no another for the I want list. Great review x

  2. I loved this book!


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