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Like a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine – The French for Love is the perfect summer escape.Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months.So when she inherits her aunt’s ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside – swapping the miserable English weather for blueLike a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine – The French for Love is the perfect summer escape.Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months.So when she inherits her aunt’s ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside – swapping the miserable English weather for blue skies, sunshine, great wine and a fresh start. What she hasn’t factored in is a hole in the roof, the most embarrassing language faux pas, and discovering family secrets that she was never supposed to know.Suddenly feeling a long way from home, Gina will have to rely on new found friends, her own hard work – and Cédric – her charming, mysterious and très handsome new stonemason. But whilst desire needs no translation, love is a different matter. Can Gina overcome the language barrier to make her French dream come true?...

Title : The French for Love
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ISBN : 9781909490093
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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The French for Love Reviews

  • Linda Dobinson
    2019-01-02 08:20

    Really good chick-lit with emotional depth. As my favourite mode of transport is armchair, I always enjoy stories set in foreign places. Wonderful descriptions of France and likeable characters.I recommend this book.

  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    2018-12-27 08:09

    Review: this is the perfect summer read! It was just the right amount of warmth and exotic location for this British summer. I loved the idea of the story, someone escaping to France and it was just as enjoyable as I expected! We are introduced to Gina and her hopeless situation straight away, and I loved her as a character. She is a strong person who knows that she has to get away in order to sort her life out. I like the fact that she has lost her job and so she is trying to further her education as well-an admirable quality! At the start of the book, the plot does tend to jump from time zone to time zone, moving back to moments before Gina had lost her job and before she had come out to France. Initially I found this to be a little confusing, but after a while the book got into its flow and told Gina's story in a more chronological way. The ending of the book was a slight down point for me, however, I felt like the events that happen at the end of the story, where everything is being resolved, could have been stretched over a longer time, it all felt a bit rushed. In other words, I think that this book could have been another 50 pages or so long. Although this part of the book did feel a little hurried, it didn't affect my enjoyment overall...Of course the real star of this book is the setting! I love books with well-described settings and this is no expception to that. The French landscape is described in detail, as is the house/villa that Gina has inherited from her aunt. As there is building work going on in the house and as Gina travels around the region visiting people and tasting wines, we are treated to even more fabulous description-lucky us! I would definitely recommend this book as a summer read to anyone. The heat of the sun here would combat any british summer blues, or indeed compliment an unexpected heat wave. This is definitely one to pack in your suitcase. A little bit of romance, a nice glass of wine and a wonderful summer setting. A good summer read!

  • Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)
    2019-01-19 08:19

    Kitabın kapağından dolayı böyle sıcak samimi bir hikâye beklentisiyle başladım ama ne yazık ki çok sevdiğimi söyleyemeyeceğim. Böyle aşk hikâyesi desem değil, aileyle ilgili bir şeyler desem değil. İki taraftan da biraz yetersiz kalmış bir kurguydu bence.Gina teyzesinin kaybettikten sonra ona miras olarak bıraktığı eve yerleşir. Hem sevgilisinden hem de işinden olduğu bir döneme denk gelince bunun iyi geleceğini düşünür. Günümüz ve geçmiş arasında gidip gelen kısımlar vardı ve ben nedense bir türlü adapte olamadım. Her yazılan sanki bir bakımdan eksik kalmıştı. Birkaç konu işlenmiş kitapta ama hepsi de sanki yarım kalmış ve üstü kapalı bir şekilde geçiştirilmiş gibi.Kopuk bir hikâyeydi. Tam kendimi verebildiğim anda hop başka bir şey okumaya başladım ve hoşuma gitmedi. Sizi sıkıp bunaltıyor mu? Hayır. Ama kitap bittiğinde “ee noldu şimdi” diye kalıyorsunuz. Çünkü bir şey olduğu yok. Ben biraz daha yoğun şeyler bekledim. Hissetmek istedim ama ne yazık ki o duygu bana geçmedi bir türlü. Çok sevdiğimi söyleyemeyeceğim ama siz bir şans vermek isterseniz düşüncelerinizi merakla bekliyorum. Çok fazla bir şey söyleyemeyeceğim ama kitabı genel olarak sevemedim.Hatta okuyan varsa fikirlerinizi merak ediyorum.Mutlu akşamlar.

  • Paulita Kincer
    2019-01-09 07:55

    I really enjoyed the book The French for Love by Fiona Valpy. I read it all in one day rather than grading papers or preparing for classes or doing laundry for my son who goes back to college next week. Gina, the main character, lives in the UK and is in her late 20s. Major life changes in the past year spin her into a whirlwind. Her father died, her favorite aunt who lived in France died, her live-in boyfriend left her for another woman, and she lost her job as a wine purchaser for a small wine shop.When her aunt leaves the French house to Gina, she decides to move to France. Well, the word "love" is in the title, so you can guess that there is a hunky Frenchman involved. But the book goes deeper than that too as she learns a secret about her aunt and has to choose between love and career.Since the main character knows a lot about wine, I found myself longing for a glass of wine throughout the book. I wanted to join in. I like that the main character is strong, and parts of the book remind me of a Victorian novel in that many of the confusions come from simply not talking about the problem. I'd probably give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

  • Dražljivka
    2018-12-28 09:01

    Če imate radi lahkotne ljubezenske romane, Francijo in vino, vam bo ta knjiga napojila dušo. Ljubezen po francosko – tako kot kozarec dobrega vina – prikliče veselje in odganja skrbi. Več na

  • Kathie
    2018-12-29 04:18

    A wonderful story about love, family & wine. 🍷💖😊

  • Charland Garvin
    2019-01-08 08:14

    It was an ok book if you want French. Nice story and I seem to be "in France" for the moment.

  • Gina Schwartz
    2019-01-07 01:07

    Refreshing re-read

  • Kathryn Laceby
    2019-01-19 05:16

    Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesI enjoyed The French for Love for all the reasons you could imagine with such a title. It was warm and inviting and filled with promises of love. Our leading lady, Gina, is at a loss with a past year full of changes and doesn’t know what direction to take next so her decision to move into her aunt’s cottage in rural France seems to be an ideal plan while she sorts out her head. I found myself longingly hoping for some long lost aunt to turn up and hand me the keys to a rural idyll too… perhaps not going to happen, but I was drawn into the fantasy of warm summer nights and cicadas constantly buzzing in the background. The knowledge of wine making and the wine industry were perfect for the setting and added a lot to the authenticity of the novel and Gina’s career.Gina’s persona is very likeable (even if I was a bit jealous of her new life style, I still liked her!) and frankly there’s not much more that could have been thrown at her in such a short space of time - it would throw anyone’s life into turmoil. She has no real ties to the UK with the exception of her mother and a good friend from work. I did wonder how likely that would be, but I suppose France and England are around the corner from each other these days so perhaps not a big deal to move across the channel any more. I liked that Valpy brought up some family strains and tied them back together succinctly while leaving us room for thought. I really appreciated that Gina’s relationship with her mother was given some closure. I think Gina needed that sorted out and without the proper conclusion I would have been disappointed. Her life in France seems pretty simple and the people she meets are equally so - there aren’t really any hidden agendas and though you’re always somewhat aware of the end result it doesn’t take away from the sweet nature of this novel. It opened a sense of community to the reader that is often missing in our hectic lives. All in all The French for Love is a simple and sweet love story with everything you would expect.Thank you to Bookouture for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-01-01 02:23

    The synopsis is certainly not original and I have seen these ‘relocations and fresh starts’ many times in other books. However, Fiona Valpy has done the MOST important thing in my opinion. She has managed to weave a tale that is descriptive enough to actually take me to France in my mind and picture the village and house, as well as giving me the main character Gina who I just fell in love with. If you can get the setting right, and characters that are likeable that’s half the battle.Gina seems to have lost everything in a very short space of time including her boyfriend, her job and now her aunt. Her aunt has left her ramshackle farmhouse in France to Gina and she decides to give life in France a try…after all she has nothing holding her back now. We watch as she makes a fresh start and decides to take time out and study, as well as adjust to a slower pace of life. When the roof on the farmhouse is damaged in high winds, her wonderful neighbour Mereille involves her four sons in the repairs.In the meantime, Gina is discovering that her Aunt Liz had secrets of her own. Gina starts to delve and soon realises that there was more to her Aunt than she originally thought. This along with the wonderful storyline that involves Gina working on her Masters of Wine qualification makes for a very interesting read. This book was a wonderful and uplifting read, just perfect for a beach, a plane or even a comfy sofa. It will transport you to the beautiful area in Southern France and give you a much needed break from real life.I am so pleased I got around to reading this book and was especially pleased at the Epilogue (I do love it when authors add this in). I am now totally ready to read another book in this series and cannot wait.*It may be worth noting that the ‘French Series’ is not a continuation with the characters, merely a series of books based in France *

  • Barbara M
    2018-12-27 07:57

    "The French for Love" is a nice light read. I just finished it while lounging on the beach.Gina lives in England and is experiencing challenges with her love life and career. She suddenly inherits a house in France from her Aunt Liz who passes away. She decides to go to France to see the house and the experience of spending time there is life changing for her. Gina is in the wine business and she is studying wine in France. Some things I especially enjoyed: - I liked the author's description of small town French family life and culture,- I very much enjoyed the use of French words interpersed in the text which added to the "feel" of reading a story set in France, - I enjoyed reading about the wine business. The main character Gina is studying wine from the ground up - picking grapes, processing the wine, learning the wine business in France.I think the following kinds of people might enjoy this book:If you've been to France and loved it or long to go.If you would enjoy a light introduction to the wine business in France.If you like light love stories.My only criticism is that the story was a little predictable. There were not too many twists and turns. That being said, it was a nice light read - I enjoyed it as a beach read.

  • Paris Baker
    2019-01-12 06:58

    When everything around her seems to be falling apart, an escape to the French countryside seems like a much needed respite for Gina, and will allow her to feel closer to the Aunt she loved so dearly.When she meets Cédric, the son of her new neighbour Mireille, the attraction is instant. But with so many things for Gina to overcome, including the discovery of a long-kept family secret and a rather challenging language barrier, you can’t help but wonder if it is possible at all for her to find her happy ending.Throughout the story, you see Gina really grow as a character, which was wonderful to behold as she rediscovers herself and her joy for life, and begins a fresh start for herself.Fiona Valpy’s writing is so beautifully descriptive, it flows elegantly and effortlessly, plunging you into the depths of France and the heart of the story as if you are right there with them. All the characters are wonderfully written, and add a wonderful depth of flavour to the story. It is a perfect book to enjoy with a bottle of wine, and allow yourself to be whisked away to the summer sunshine of the French countryside.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-12-24 04:21

    I’ve read lots of novels set in Provence where the descriptions really do bring back great memories of the villages and scenery. This book is set much closer to my home in Bordeaux but again the descriptions of the area are spot on and made me feel very much at home.The main character Gina finds herself starting again in France, not because she is following her dream but because it seems her only option. Her boyfriend has left her, she’s lost her job and her favourite aunt has died, leaving Gina her home in France. It is not long before she discovers a family secret that not only shocks her but also leaves huge questions and no one left to answer them. To distract herself she keeps busy with projects on the house and in learning more about the local wine industry. There is the inevitable possible love interest with a Frenchman, with lots of delicious frissons of electricity and undercurrents of will-they-won’t-they moments, but as always things are complicated.I really enjoyed this book, it is a fun, easy, novel and a comfortable read that I felt at home in, if you know what I mean? I am looking forward to reading more from Fiona.

  • Laura
    2019-01-08 01:55

    A very put-downable, pick-upable book. That is to say, it failed to hold my interest, so I laid it aside. Then when I was between books I really wanted to read, I'd pick it up. Often, it's difficult to get back into the action. Not so here, but possibly only because the action was so slight and also so predictable. Indeed, had I been asked, I'd have predicted the ending on the fourth page or so. But then, so much Chick Lit is that way, as if we were all vapid dunderheads, rather than women who would like to read something that engages in an interesting way and flows along to a possibly unique climax.I might have given this one three stars because of its setting, France. But I realized that just because I'm a Francophile does not make this a great book. It is OK vacation reading, nothing more.

  • Suze Lavender
    2019-01-10 04:04

    Gina's a wine taster and due to cut downs at work she loses her job. When her aunt passes away she inherits a house in France. As she desperately wants to get away from it all she decides to move into her aunt's home. The house needs some work and because of that she meets Cédric and his brothers. Building a new life for herself isn't as easy as it sounds though.I loved the setting and the atmosphere of this book. I could dream away about France and handsome Frenchmen. Gina's so naive, but gradually she learns. Her profession is wine and she tastes and drinks a lot of it. I really liked the wine making twist in the story. I could picture all of it very well. This story really came to life for me and I wanted to leave to go to France straight away.

  • Renita D'Silva
    2019-01-12 09:16

    I absolutely adored ‘The French for Love’. It has all the ingredients of a fabulous read- a fantastic setting, beautifully depicted; a wonderful heroine in Gina- you can’t help but root for her from the start. There is intrigue to keep you on your toes and all those gorgeous wines, not forgetting the romance of course. And if that wasn’t enough there is the lovely ending which leaves you feeling warm and happy inside. And not only that, you also get a sneak peek into the ins and outs of wine making. What more could one ask for? Oh yes, I wouldn’t mind more books by this wonderful author, for sure.

  • Erin
    2018-12-31 03:21

    3.5 stars

  • Emily
    2019-01-07 03:07

    I rate this book 2/5 stars. It is a very slow read and only picks up the last quarter of the book where, I felt, it went too fast. I found myself losing interest many times and just ended up putting the book down and doing something else for a few hours. At times I felt like I had to force myself to finish the book. I was also a bit disappointed at how predictable the book was. But that's normally the case with books of this genre.I would only recommend this book if someone was looking for a lazy beach read.

  • Jenny Hale
    2019-01-20 06:02

    Fiona Valpy moves gracefully between present and past as her main character, Gina, comes into her own, finds love, and discovers a story that has been tucked away for many years. It is the perfect read for summer with Valpy’s colorful description of the French countryside, good wine, and loads of sunshine. Although, I may pick it back up this winter to keep me warm! I highly recommend this sweet, funny, and romantic read.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2018-12-29 08:59

    I read this after I read Fiona's latest book The French For Christmas which I did really enjoy.I found though that The French for Love, was just slow to get going and it struggled to hold my interest. As a debut its OK, but I know due having read her latest book, that Fiona can write far more entertaining, heartwarming books.

  • Teresa
    2019-01-06 03:22

    This is my second time reading The French For Love. I wanted to re-read The French For Christmas, but wanted to re-familiarize myself with Valpey's characters. I would love to know Gina, Cedric and the brother Thibault. I would love to live in this quaint village that Valpey has created. It's such a warm and comforting, yet fun and intriguing read.

  • NancyB
    2019-01-01 05:03

    When I started this book I had great expectations and I was not disappointed. It has just about everything a woman can relate to- plus a fantastic setting! Ms. Valpy's knowledge of wines is interesting and informative. I loved Gina but Cédric even more! If you're looking forward to a relaxing read, The French for Love is for you! Waiting for her next book...!

  • Susan2U
    2018-12-27 06:09

    A perfect palate-cleanser, especially if you've been reading lots of dark, edgy books. It's part travelogue, part wine-making class, part romance, and a healthy dose of rumination on life and love. The writing is beautiful — evocative and descriptive, even poetic at times — without being over-the-top. What a lovely read.

  • Elizabeth Cole
    2019-01-04 04:17

    LOVED this book. Its a quick light read. A romance but a very clean, sweet romance. Learned a lot about wine and as a wine fiend it was perfect for me. I really wish that she wrote a follow up novel for this book but sadly she doesn't.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-11 05:05

    I read this book hoping it would be like Under the Tuscan Sun and it was to some degree but I found it a bit ponderous and contrived. Gina inherits her aunt's house in France and moves there only to discover some disturbing things about her family. Good plot, just a little too drawn out.

  • Elaine
    2019-01-12 09:19

    I really enjoyed this for a chick lit read. It was well written, had wine and France. What more could you want? :)

  • Jenn
    2018-12-29 08:19

  • Marvel
    2019-01-22 05:16

    Cute and entertaining romantic candy. I liked it but it was pretty predictable.

  • Millie
    2018-12-22 02:19

    Yes this book is predictable and clichéd.It's also well written with likeable characters and a good story.This is a feel-good book, it left me smiling when I'd finished it.

  • Louise Crossman
    2019-01-16 09:18

    Nice and easy enough but not particularly compelling.