Thursday, May 13, 2021

Book review of Summer at the Chateau by Jennifer Bohnet

French Village Diaries book review Summer at the Chateau Jennifer Bohnet
Summer at the Château Jennifer Bohnet

Summer at the Château by Jennifer Bohnet

Every end has a new beginning... All NEW from bestselling author Jennifer Bohnet.

When Pixie Sampson's husband tragically dies, she inherits the beautiful Château Quiltu in Brittany, Northern France.

But unbeknown to her, she also inherits a mysterious lodger, Justine Martin and her 4-year-old son Ferdie. 

Heartbroken and with her adventurous Mum, Gwen in tow, they travel to France to put the Château on the market but are soon drawn into a quest to seek the Château's secrets.

Who is Justine? Why is she living at the Château? How did she know her husband?

Over the Summer months, the Château fills with family and laughter and secrets are discovered and old wounds begin to heal.


French Village Diaries book review Summer at the Chateau Jennifer Bohnet
Summer at the Château Jennifer Bohnet

My review

I was rather excited to be back in Brittany with another one of Jennifer Bohnet’s novels. It is obvious from her writing that this north-west corner of France holds a special place in Jennifer’s heart and Summer at the Château more than lived up to my expectations.


Pixie was having the worst of times; recently widowed, she then discovers her husband Frank had kept some significant things from her surrounding their plans to retire to France. Without him to answer her many questions, she has to find the strength to discover the truth behind his actions, and deal with the consequences. Her arrival at Château Quiltu in Brittany, with her Mum Gwen, raises more questions and doubts in her mind as another of Frank’s secrets, lodger Justine, is revealed. 


I loved the intrigue and mystery around Justine’s presence in the château’s cottage and how her story was slowly drawn out, allowing my mind to keep second guessing what the truth would be. I was heart-broken for Pixie as her world was rocked and her emotions were all over the place, but I felt for Justine too.


Too many people have kept too many secrets for too long, but with the backdrop of a château, good family bonds and a bit of healing French magic, this summer will reveal all. 


This book certainly had that something different, from the detail behind purchasing in France with the viager scheme, to the thoughtfully created, older, characters who grow as their stories unfurl, and it was also a great reminder that it is never too late to follow your dreams or open your heart to new adventures. The cameo catch-up with Fern, Scot and Anouk, who we met in A French Affair was a really nice touch too.


I really do think each one of Jennifer’s books I read becomes my new favourite. Summer at the Château left me with a contented feel-good feeling as wrongs were righted, people forgiven, and new plans for the future put into place.


If you are looking for your next read to give you that escape from reality, lockdown and life with Covid, that I think we all need right now, this is one for you. 


Summer at the Château was released today by Boldwood Books in paperback and ebook format and links to Amazon can be found below. 


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French Village Diaries book review Summer at the Chateau Jennifer Bohnet
Jennifer Bohnet

Author Bio 

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.


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French Village Diaries book review Summer at the Chateau Jennifer Bohnet

I am delighted that Jennifer will be joining me back here soon for a From the Writing Desk interview.


You can read my reviews of some of Jennifer’s other novels here:

A French Affair

One Summer in Monte Carlo

Rendez-Vous in Cannes

A Year of Taking Chances

Rosie’s Little Café on the Riviera

You Had Me at Bonjour

A French Pirouette

Reviews of books set in France

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