I’m pleased to share my review for the latest book by Sophie Claire today. Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for a digital advanced review copy via NetGalley – my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.
It’s taken years, but Natasha Brown’s life is finally on track. Running a florists in the quaint village of Willowbrook, she’s put her short-lived marriage to Luc Duval far behind her. That is, until he unexpectedly walks through her shop door, three years after their divorce.
Luc reveals that he never told his family about their split, and now his father is desperately ill and demanding to meet Natasha. Luc needs her to come to France and pretend they’re still happily married. Natasha is horrified, but when Luc makes her an offer she can’t refuse, reluctantly packs her bags.
The deal is two weeks on a vineyard with his family, but will Luc and Natasha be able to play the perfect couple after years apart? And in the glorious Provence sun, will the old spark between them be impossible to ignore?
After reading and enjoying The Christmas Holiday in 2019, I’m pleased to say that A Forget-Me-Not Summer is a lovely read too. However before we look at the story, I want to say how lovely the cover of the book is – I hope our garden sunflowers will look so bright and cheerful this year.
The book follows the story of Natasha and Luc, who were married for a few weeks before divorcing after a tragic miscarriage, only to be reunited when Luc’s dad is seriously ill in hospital. Luc and Natasha have two weeks pretending to still be married, to look back at why their marriage failed and how little they actually knew about each other. Through a family wedding into the mix, and let the story evolve.
In addition to the characters, the descriptions of French towns, markets and food, make for a gorgeous book to curl up with and escape the modern world. This is a book full of missed opportunities, miscommunication and most importantly, love.
Already available in ebook format, the paperback will be published on June 11th 2020.
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