When cynical divorce lawyer Daisy Jackson unexpectedly inherits a ramshackle farmhouse in Provence, she sets off for the French countryside to oversee renovations herself.
But Gabriel Laforet has other ideas. A local builder with ties to the property, Gabriel is determined to see Daisy off and preserve the characterful, charming farmhouse – which, but for a missing will, he knows is rightfully his.
When the two meet, it’s clear they couldn’t be more different: Gabriel has lived in the small country village all his life; Daisy is a city girl whose career means everything. He is laid-back and messy; she is used to being in control. As they begin to work together, sparks fly. Yet they’re inexplicably drawn to each other and, in the heat of the Provence sun, secrets begin to spill. Perhaps Daisy can trust him with her carefully guarded heart after all?
But Gabriel is still searching for the missing will that proves the farmhouse belongs to him – and in doing so, risks upturning everything he and Daisy have started to build together . . .
I requested this ARC hoping for some lovely summer escapism and that is exactly what the book delivered. It is a light-hearted and fun read and perfect for transporting you to a sun-drenched and beautiful rural setting. I enjoyed reading the lovely descriptions of the French countryside and in particular the culinary aspects mentioned. The writing is quite captivating and you can almost feel the sun on your face and the intoxicating smell of lavender. My mouth was watering with all the food mentions and I was delighted to find some of the recipes in the back of the book, which I can’t wait the try. Provence is somewhere in France I have not yet visited and I am now even more eager to visit.
Daisy and Gabriel are great characters, they are complete opposites but have an undeniable attraction and oodles of chemistry in their slow burn romance. The side characters are delightful and there is a lovely sense of friendship and community in this small French village.
An Escape to Provence is a well paced read and, although somewhat predictable, with the incorporation of the gorgeous food descriptions and recipes sets it slightly apart from the usual romance story. This book will undoubtedly transport you to a beautiful location with fabulous characters and a wonderful romance.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date (UK):
Ebook – 12 May 2022
Paperback – 21 May 2022
Page Count: 368
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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