Title: The French for Christmas
Author: Fiona Valpy
304 pages, published October 2014
Genre: Holiday, Women's Fiction
I received this ebook from Netgalley. This is my honest review.
Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory.
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.
with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is
determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to
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?
This book was DELIGHTFUL! I absolutely loved it. Those who know me know I love French culture, so I really enjoyed that the majority of this book was set in France. I also really identified with Evie's situation and found myself really wishing I had a cute little French cottage to escape to this December! Evie's character had such real and raw emotion that made her likeable and so easy to relate to and root for throughout the book. The book had so many funny moments (the pig in the backyard of the cottage, to name one) and so many fun characters.
The writing was fun, the story was entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's one of the best Christmas themed books I've read. I was a bit predictable, as this genre can be, but sometimes predictability is just what you need in a delightful novel such as this! This is a perfect read for your winter break!
Overall rating for "The French for Christmas": A