Summer in Provence written by Lucy Coleman, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindlunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.
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 traveling the world.
Fern’s not much of a back-packer 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.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Lucy Coleman’s latest romance: Summer in Provence. Just look at that beautiful cover it looks so dreamy, tranquil and freeing.
Fern and Aiden have been together since university and married pretty much soon after graduation. All they’ve known is being there for each other but now seven years of marriage Fern feels like something is niggling Aiden. When the couple receive an unexpected windfall Aiden announces he wants a ‘gap year’ in their marriage so he can go off and travel and do things he’s always dreamed of. Understandably, Fern is a little confused with Aiden’s plans and is concerned that he might have tired of her. So the couple do agree to pursue their dreams for a year but as Fern has been such a solid stalwart figure of the family for a long time she finds it hard to let go of her family responsibilities. As Aiden packs his bags and flies off to Australia Fern goes on her own explorative journey volunteering at a wellness retreat based at a chateau in Provence.
One of the courses run at the chateau is painting and Fern has a longing to rekindle her love of art and to her surprise she finds she’s not bad at painting but most of all she is loving the freedom to express herself and to free her mind. The owner of the chateau and retreat, Nico, has soon latched onto Fern’s HR skills and begins to trust her instincts with the retreats’ students and bonds of friendship are soon formed. Nico becomes a constant mentor for Fern and she turns to his art studio often to embrace this time away from her relationships with her husband and family and is learning to focus on herself.
I loved the sound of the retreat in the perfect setting of the chateau. I too was confused with Aiden’s actions but as the story develops the gap year proves that Fern is the one feeling most confident with the changes and has embraced the opportunity to learn, grow and listen to her peers and students hearts and to her own.
A lovely inspiring romance that will have you dreaming of letting your own dreams become a reality.
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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