Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Book review of A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

French Village Diaries book review A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman
A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

French Village Diaries book review A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman
A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

My Review:

We meet Lexie as she arrives in Versailles to film a documentary about the Palace gardens, a project that has a lot at stake both financially and personally for her. Immersed in the history of the gardens, a mystery from her Grandma Viv’s past sparks an interest in Lexie that she feels compelled to find out more about. Why was her Grandma’s time spent working at the gardens of Versailles so important to her, yet never spoken about?

Working alongside translator Ronan, friendship blooms between them over their shared interests as they work on the film project, but also as they try to piece together the mystery of her Grandma’s past. Some of those she encounters seem to be hiding what they know, so finding out why and what it has to do with her Grandma’s time at Versailles becomes all the more important for Lexie.

This is a beautifully written book and the sense of place and descriptions of Versailles meant I instantly felt I was there, in the heart of the gardens, on location with Lexie and her film crew. I was intrigued by what she’d find out about her Grandma’s time spent there and wanted so much for a romance between her and Ronan to bloom.

There is history, family drama, romance and a mystery to be solved as she seeks to tie up the loose ends of a hidden past. With a great cast of characters and a superbly described setting, the magic of France touches more than one generation of the same family. 

This was one of those books I kept finding excuses to pop back into and carry on reading. Do add A Springtime to Remember to your kindle this year, you won’t regret it, especially as it's only 99p at the moment.

Summer in Provence, also by Lucy Coleman, will be released in April and I can’t wait. It is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

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French Village Diaries book review A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman
Lucy Coleman author A Springtime to Remember

Author Bio:

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!'
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, Jacqui, for your lovely review and for being on the tour. I'm so delighted you enjoyed a little trip to Versailles... it's an amazing and inspiring place. But then I fell in love with France many years ago!


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