The French Château Dream by Julie Caplin
When wedding planner Hattie signs up for her dream job, organising her cousin’s wedding in France, it offers the perfect escape from a relationship that’s been going south for a while.
Unfortunately when she arrives at the idyllic Chateau St Martin, not everyone is as enthusiastic about the forthcoming wedding, including Luc Bremont, son of the owner of the chateau.
Luc has finally been given the chance to make his own champagne at the family vineyard and everything rests on making it a success, the last thing he wants is the distraction of a big wedding at the chateau.
Will Hattie be able to build bridges between the inhabitants of the chateau in order to allow the wedding to go ahead?
I am always drawn to books set in châteaux in France, and to get my hands on one with such a gorgeous cover, that includes a bicycle, really was a dream find. Inside, things got better with plenty of strong female characters, energy and emotions, alongside a plot that moved at a great pace.
Finding herself a somewhat unwelcome intrusion at the château where her uncle is planning the perfect wedding for her cousin, Hattie must focus, roll her sleeves up and get on top of a list of chores that go above and beyond the normal role for a wedding planner. The château has charm, but over recent years has been neglected and needs her energy and vision to bring it back to life, in much the same way as she needs this escape to France, even if only on a temporary basis, to prove to herself she can follow her dreams.
Luc is also on the cusp of changing his life and hasn’t banked on sharing his family’s château with Hattie. Luckily, it doesn’t take him long to realise the benefits her changes are making and Solange, especially, blossomed with this new injection of life to the building that has been her home and workplace for years. I also loved Luc’s Great Aunt Marthe, a formidable force in his upbringing, who gave him the stability he was missing from his parents and never usually shied away from an honest answer.
Hattie’s journey alongside those of the people she finds herself around, warmed my heart, although at times it seems as if everyone, including the château, are concealing intriguing secrets. This book is an emotional read that is as much about recovery as it is about new beginnings. It is certainly a book that will put a smile on your face this summer and if you are quick, it’s currently only 99p on kindle UK.
Julie caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.
These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for the highly successful Romantic Escapes series which have hit the best seller charts in Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic and have sold a million copies worldwide.
The first book in the nine strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.