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Saturday, March 28, 2020

RRR presents... SUMMER IN PROVENCE by Lucy Coleman - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're teaming up with the ever fabulous Rachel's Random Resources to bring you another FABULOUS tour set to whisk you away to places you've only dreamed, with characters you won't soon forget.  That's right, my friends, this is one for the wish or to-read list and it's the perfect escape from whatever life is throwing your way.  Ready, set, let's take a gander the GORGEOUS cover gracing today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

Summer in Provence
Lucy Coleman

About the book...
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, Ch√Ęteau 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.


Lavender, Heart, Wood, Soap Heart, Love, Romantic

This is the story of two people finding themselves in the most untraditional way possible, and while the ultimate goal may have been bringing them closer together, the outcome may have been the biggest unknown of their married lives.

When I first started reading this one, I admit...I was enchanted by the cover.  I mean, just look at it!  It's simply gorgeous, and that gave me warm feelings about the story I was about to entertain.  When I began getting to know Fern and Aiden, I was curious...just what was going on with this couple who seemed to have distance in their hearts?  Then the windfall happened, and I considered their problems, if money bound, would be banished...but things went deeper than that.  There were wounds on one side that while never intended, still existed, and the restlessness that built within them came bursting out in an exasperating rush. 

A gap year?  In a marriage?  I was beyond flabbergasted...actually, I was probably AS flabbergasted as Fern, but with a lot more words coming out of my mouth regarding the whole idea.  I mean, who DOES that?  Who truly loves the other person, but wants to step away from them for a year?  I get he had wanderlust, and I get she had a fear of flying that inhibited that in some fashion, but my word!  I was just blown away.  Then, things started happening, at least for Fern, because the viewpoint we truly get the clearest image of is through her eyes, and it was...enlightening.  She found herself in so many little ways, and unlocked so many larger doors that were creating obstacles, while lifting several pieces of the world from her weary mind circled back to the original suggestion/steps that created this "opportunity".  Would it be a good idea?  Or would the changes they were both bound to experience not simply drive them apart, but make it clearer as to why they seemed to be growing in that direction anyway? 

It was a conundrum, and I could only stay along for the ride to find out just how things played out.  Along the journey, we meet so many souls seeking their own solace, understanding, and new beginnings that one can't help but be moved by not only their stories, but the steps they've taken to find their paths again.  The tortured artist, the unheard youth, the guilt ridden heart, the haunted widow...all of them, good, giving, and kind hearted people, just needing to find a connection, along with their own voices once again.  It gave the story a true feeling of togetherness, and provided a wonderful fullness to everything experienced.


About the author...

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.



~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

...a signed paperback of 'A Springtime to Remember'
and a Boldwood Tote bag!
 (Open INT)

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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now for pre order, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Linn B Halton and Lucy Coleman said...

Ah, Gina - thank you so much for taking the time to read and review during this difficult time. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story and your review warmed my heart today. Thank you SO much and stay safe!

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