Whenever you read a Jo Thomas book, it feels like you are whisked away to another part of the world and enjoy a wonderful holiday there. Escape to the French Farmhouse is absolutely no exception. You can read my thoughts below.
Jo will actually be a guest on Book Chat with Kim on 19th May so pop the date in your diary and come along and join us in this Facebook live over on my Facebook page at 8pm (www.facebook.com/KimtheBookworm) and we’ll be talking all about this book along with her other books and her author journey and you can ask Jo questions too.
About the book
Can she find her recipe for happiness?
Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie.
Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?
A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.
So what did I think?
This is another delightful read from an author who has the wonderful ability to whisk you away to another part of the world, immerse yourself in a fabulous story and become one of the peripheral characters, following the cast around.
I truly felt like I was walking alongside Del, on her walk into the local village, I felt like I was part of her life at the ramshackle old farmhouse that she lived in, and was one of the fabulous friends that she’d made along her journey. The smell of the lavender came through the pages of the book and made me feel like I could reach out and touch it.
Jo’s books always inspire me to travel more, experience more and to broaden my horizons. Her lead characters are rich with heart, spirit , friendship and kindness.
Escape to the French Farmhouse is a gorgeous story of hope, love and taking second chances that you are offered. I would highly recommend this as a read to transport you away from the current times, to another beautiful setting and experience the atmosphere, the culinary delights and the wonderful line-up of characters that continued to surprise me all the way through.
This is a truly magnificent tale which will warm your heart and leave you with a great big smile on your face.
Bravo Jo Thomas. Bravo!
There is a wonderful blog tour taking place right now. Please do check out the other blogger’s post and find out how they felt about the book too.
About the author
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.