French Fridays: One French Summer by Gillian Harvey

One French Summer by Gillian Harvey on a white blanket with a cup of tea beside it.

Hello and Happy French Friday!

It’s been a while since I shared a French Friday post – I had major emergency surgery in May following a few months of not being well at all and my blogging/ social media had all but ground to a halt. But I’m back now and reading up a storm!

From the publisher:

It was just supposed to be a holiday, but could it become the second chance she didn’t know she needed…?

Life isn’t quite going as planned for Katy. With her only daughter living in Australia and a husband who has asked for a break, she is suddenly at a loss.

Her best friends, Sam, Vicky and Ivy have always been there for her through thick and thin and they’re not about to leave her all alone now. Whisking her away to glorious France for a last minute retreat is the perfect escape, and just what Katy needs to get her life back under control.

As Katy unwinds in the beautiful French countryside, surrounded by her friends, the pain of her past slowly begins to melt away under the warm summer sun. Will this reset give Katy a new lease on life and help her win back her husband? Or could there be a new love on the horizon where she least expects it?

Escape to the French countryside this summer with top 10 bestseller Gillian Harvey, for the perfect uplifting second chances romance.

I always like to include a few light-hearted romances in my #summerreads picks and this is the perfect choice for summer. Whether you’re reading on a plane, train, boat, in a car, on a beach, by the pool, on a deck, or just in your backyard or on your porch (where you’ll find me most of this summer as sadly, international travel is out of the question this summer…), this is an easy read, a page-turner. So easy to read that I finished in a day when I first got home from the hospital in early May when I couldn’t concentrate on much – this was the balm I needed!

This was a sweet, somewhat predictable storyline – loved the setting (in South West France, how could I not?!), though I wasn’t a huge fan of the main character, Katy at the start (having been walked all over by a husband who doesn’t love her anymore – who, quite frankly, isn’t a very pleasant character – and letting it happen – and then wanting to get back together with him, despite the fact that they are so not a match). As the book progresses, though, she learns and grows and in the end, takes advantage of an exciting new opportunity – “finding her(new)self” if you like.

Definitely a “feel good” read that will have you dreaming of a trip to France (that changes your life)!

Check out Harvey’s other novels here.

Follow Harvey on Instagram for news of her new book, A month in Provence, coming out this sumemr


Disclosure: I won a copy of the book in a contest on Facebook. I was not asked to review the book and am not receiving any compensation for doing so. Neither the author nor the publisher reviewed this post prior to publication. All opinions are my own.

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2 thoughts on “French Fridays: One French Summer by Gillian Harvey”

  1. Dear Mardi,
    I wondered where you had gone as there were no posts for a while. I am sorry to hear about your illness and wish you a speedy recovery. It is sad that you can’t enjoy your lovely home in Nerac this summer. Next summer will be here before you know it.


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