The French for Love

The French for Love

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 blue...

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Title:The French for Love
Author:Fiona Valpy
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Edition Language:English

The French for Love Reviews

  • Monica Watson

    I loved this beautiful story.... practically read it start to end and can’t wait to begin the next. My weekend chores will have to wait. I am settling in.... characters and language of this wonderful tale were so engaging. I did not want the story to end.

  • Dixie

    The story was a delight to read. I enjoyed the settings of the French wine area. The French words could have been explained.

  • Fabulous Book Fiend

    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 educat

    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!

  • Paulita Kincer

    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

    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.

  • Linda Dobinson

    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.

  • Dražljivka

    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

  • Tina O'reilly

    This is about one woman's move to a new country/new life after a disastrous relationship. She inherits her Aunt's house and starts a new adventure. There are really true descriptions of life in France and the idiosyncracies of the French (mostly favourably). If you have ever owned a property in France yourself this book will resound with you. There's some sadness, a little bit of love, bit of a feel good book. An easy book to indulge in.

  • Barbara M

    "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

    "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.

  • Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)

    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 tü

    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.

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