A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long #bookreview #blogtour #AYearintheChateau @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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A Year in the Chateau written by Sarah Long, publisher Zaffre, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

The new sharp, irreverent and hilarious book from Sarah Long. If you love Dawn French, Sue Townsend and Veronica Henry, this book is for you!

When Nicola’s husband, Dominic, retires they decide not to spend their days finding hobbies to fill the time until Countdown is on. Instead, they fulfil their life-long fantasy of buying a country house and filling it with their dearest friends. Reliving their youth and spending their children’s inheritance.

Joined by seven of their friends they club together to invest in a château in Normandy. Group dinners, fine wine, beautiful scenery – they’re living the dream!

But la vie en rose is harder than it first appears. Is there a reason why only teenagers take gap years?

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Q8QYBG

A Year in The Chateau 29.1.20

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sarah Long’s latest contemporary romance: A Year in the Chateau.

This is my first introduction to the work of Sarah Long and after reading A Year in the Chateau I am keen to catch up with her other books.

I really enjoyed this novel by Sarah Long; maybe it’s because the idea of living in a historic chateau in France sounds appealing, maybe it’s the small community with the numerous boulangeries, delicatessens and roadside cafes were you can wile away a few hours people watching.  Or is it the romantic notion of France having a more relaxed approach to life?  I didn’t care as I was sold with the dream as soon as the word chateau was mentioned!

Nicola and Dominic are fed-up of the rat-race in London and a dream emerges of escaping to the country and living their very own good life.  This dream evolves into clubbing together with close friends and buying a chateau in France. These nine friends were so diverse in character it made for an interesting story as even though the couples had different backgrounds and interests they blended beautifully as a group.  When life hit an all time low for one of the friends the group sprang into action to offer support where and when needed.

I loved how the author split the story up into seasons and we got to experience the changing sights, sounds and aromas of chateau life for the first time through the eyes of the characters.

A Year in the Chateau is a story of new beginnings and new adventures albeit at a slower more relaxed pace giving the time for our characters to re-evaluate their lives and learn to appreciate the important aspects of life.  But life wasn’t all rosy for our intrepid new chateau owners and life’s struggles and financial upheavals felt so much easier to handle within such an idyllic setting.  But when tragedy strikes life for all of the friends will never be the same again.

I do feel like there’s lots more to learn and look forward to about the characters we’ve grown to love and that the author could run with this storyline for a good few further stories.  I also don’t want to particularly leave the Chateau yet, maybe I’ll be inspired to dream up my own French adventure?!

About the Author

Sarah Long was raised in Essex, educated at Oxford and worked in publishing before moving to Paris with her husband and young children. She now lives in London with the same husband and most of her adult children, at the midlife stage that inspired her new novel Invisible Women.

She is the author of two previous novels, And What Do You Do? and The Next Best Thing, as well as Le Dossier of Hortense de Monplaisir or How to Survive the English, a helpful guide to understanding the ways of the British, as seen through the eyes of her snobbish Parisian alter ego.

Although now back in the motherland, she has failed to leave France behind, and spends as much time as possible at her house in rural Normandy, making jam, digging things up and watching the wildlife which often ends up, uninvited, indoors.

 

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