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Summary

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on travelling the world. 

Fern’s not much of a backpacker so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out. 

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart?

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure. 

©2020 Lucy Coleman (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Dreadful

Chosen for some escapism - disappointed, made it to chapter 8 couldn’t take a anymore. Every cliche imaginable ! The almost thirties sound nearer to 50 !!
Everything is over explained!
Terrible narration, the most excruciating ‘voices’ for different characters. Don’t waste your credit! Wish I’d chosen a Jo Thomas novel 🙄

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Disappointing

I haven't read any of Lucy Coleman's other books, but tried this as it was free on Audible.

The writing was quite jarring, with everything being long-winded and overly explained. There was also something really unnatural about the dialogue: the characters are supposed to be in their late 20s, but they speak as if they're in their dotage and from another era! What 20-something in this day and age would say to her husband, on his backpacking adventure down under, "This incident proves that you must be vigilant at all times." Seriously, who talks like that?! It felt archaic.

I felt no connection or sympathy for any of the characters and the narrator's voices grated after a while, especially the teenage girl with her annoying upward inflection at the end of every single sentence...

Sadly, I gave up halfway through.

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The romance of Provence

Well constructed story that was easy to follow and drew you in from the start. Characterisation was spot on and you couldn’t help liking them all
Lucy Scott’s reading of it is first class please read some more Lucy

I go to france every year and this really encapsulates the romance of provence

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Fabulous

Beautiful beautiful loved this and thanks really a story of soul discovery lessons to be learnt

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hours of my life I will never get back 🤣

I should have returned it. time I never can get back unfortunately 🤷‍♀️ 🤷‍♀️

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Good story well told

Really enjoyed this. Good modern love story. Well described characters and realistic relationships. Narrator did very well with a range of accents and voices.

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  • JC
  • 27-11-20

BEAUTIFUL 😊 👏

Really enjoyed listening to this book it was a lovely story beautifully written and narrated.

Definitely one to keep in my Audio Library. I really do wish that all similar books ended like this.

After getting to know all the characters it was awesome hearing what happened to them at the end.

Thank you for the enjoyment that it gave to me, 😚 👍 👏

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Brilliant Not what I thought it would

Very introspective, appealed to my artistic side, well read as if it was the person who had written it

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Overall, Quite annoying

I don’t want to be rude and I did listen to the end so there was something in story that encouraged me to continue.
Towards the end I found myself expressing out loud my disbelief in the way the main character behaved. Rather than a woman in her late 20s, she acted much older-and not in a good way! I felt like shouting at her to let loose a little, she was so up tight. Her husband Aiden suggested a gap year and I think he did the best thing getting on a plane far away! At least he has something about him.
I found it unbelievable that such a pious and frankly boring personality could not only be so creative and artistic, but could capture the eye of the gorgeous and talented Nico within a day of meeting him. Her in depth analysis of her fellows was exhaustive and some of the scenes were frankly laughable.
Sorry, just being honest.

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Fragrant Provence

Glad I listened to this. wanted to finish within the day. A pleasurable listen. Not overtly romantic but compelling and relatable.

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  • Jan
  • 26-04-20

Summer in Provence

Summer in Provence, Purchased this based on sample. I started to listen to it. It was nothing like the sample and I fell asleep listening to it. Tried again just not my kind of book. I thought it would be about Provence but does not seem like it to me. I am returning it.

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  • Amanda
  • 06-12-21

Cute book that handled darker topics with grace

Why don’t all books end with a nice little chapter that wraps up all the loose ends and let’s you know what happens to each character?! I very much appreciated that. Good book.

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  • Susan C. Guill
  • 22-10-21

Peaceful and intriguing

Nice read. very good writing and description of each scene. would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet read.

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  • kirah hesky
  • 30-08-21

Fantastic !!

I loved the characters and the story was enchanting with great visual descriptions
I loved the adventure in Provence

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  • Molly
  • 19-04-22

Heard it

The story was missing something. Too much second guessing characters. Connection to each character was only a thin thread. The ending could have been better. I felt it deflated slowly. No big surprise.

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  • G-Mom
  • 06-04-22

i enjoyed it

It was a good book to me. I enjoyed the narration. very well done. the story started a bit slow but it was necessary to the story line.

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  • Mike Petrakos
  • 05-04-22

very good!

I enjoyed this story to the end! Great beginning. Really appreciated the story to end each character!

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 12-03-22

Utterly remarkable

I hope all of her books are this good it was just wonderful it was fresh is exciting to get into peoples lives I love art it was a different kind of a story it was sad at the ending but then kind of neat at the ending but it was clean no cuss words and no sex I loved it it was awesome awesome awesome awesome

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  • Wrennie S Edwards
  • 08-03-22

Nice but wordy and boring

The author set out to write a lovely story of love lost and found. But the verbose descriptions diluted the story; what story there was. For others it my be just what they need.

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  • Beth
  • 28-02-22

Well written

I really enjoy this author. Her stories are detailed but move along at a lovely pace revealing an enjoyable plot line and very likeable and down to earth characters. Her settings are lovely and make me temporarily forget that I am stuck inside during a lobg cold Montana winter. I have enjoyed 3 of her books so far and plan on buying more.