#Blogmas Review of The French For Christmas by Fiona Valpy

Published: 3th October 2014
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 272


Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan. Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin? With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?


Thank you to Bookouture for kindly sending me a review copy.

The narrative opens with a book club at the end of November and I found that to be a really lovely way to begin the book. What would have made it even better is if readers could have read about the characters discussing the chosen book. Evie doesn’t want to return to her empty home and there’s a very good reason for that: last year at Christmas, she was seven months pregnant but now, she’s alone. Evie doesn’t have it easy with her ex-husband, instead of walking away from another, Evie has to put up with seeing his face all over the TV and newspapers as he’s kind of in the limelight.

In terms of the main plot and other side stories, Evie seemed to ramble on about the most random things and it took me a while to get back on track to the main narrative. For me, that was a real negative side of the book and I thought it could have just been edited a little bit more.

Overall, I am sad to say that this book wasn’t for me. It lacked the festive mood and despite enjoying Evie as a character, I felt as if she deserved a better storyline.

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