I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Celebrations at the Chateau by Jo Thomas
Published by Corgi on October 28, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Chick-lit, Christmas, Romance
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Cosy up with Jo Thomas at the most magical time of the year!
'Another gem from Jo Thomas. Fun, food, love and France, what more can anyone want?' Katie Fforde
'An absolute treat . . . fabulous setting, gorgeous food and wonderful characters' Jill Mansell
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When their grandfather dies, Fliss and her sisters are astonished to inherit a French chateau! Travelling to Normandy to visit the beautiful if faded house, they excitedly make plans over delicious crepes and local cider in the town nearby.
But they soon discover the chateau needs major work, a huge tax bill is due . . . and there's a sitting tenant to whom they owe a monthly allowance.
Unable to sell but strapped for cash, Fliss determines to spruce up the elegant old rooms and open a B&B. But, why is Jacques, the local mayor, so hostile? How did Fliss's grandfather come to own the place anyway? And will Jacques and Fliss be able to put their differences aside to save the chateau?
Inspired by Escape to the Chateau, this cosy and uplifting novel to curl up with, from the author of Escape to the French Farmhouse and Finding Love at the Christmas Market.
Readers are falling in love with Celebrations at the Chateau:
***** A wonderful hug of a book. Feel-good fiction at its very best!***** A perfect book to curl up with and forget the world.***** A romantic and magical read . . . I couldn't put it down
So Jo Thomas has done it again with Celebrations at the Chateau a deliciously filled novel. I lost track of where I was and got lost at the Chateau along with Fliss and her two sisters. Who have come to France, having discovered that their owns the Chateau which they had known nothing about.
However, when they visit the locals are less than welcoming and then there is the small issue of the chatelaine. And what they first thought was a gold suddenly does not look that easy. So Fliss decides to stay and to make the most of the Chateau and to see what can be done.
This is a cosy feel good book that has a small mystery at the heart of the story. Along with the importance of family and accepting yourself. Fliss the main lady of the story has been hampered throughout her life by dyslexia. She has hung on to her boyfriend, had menial jobs and has allowed her older sisters to boss her around. But then she grows as a person and her dyslexia becomes a part of her rather than an obstacle. And for me that is probably the best part. Instead of allowing dyslexia to hold Fliss back she focused on her strengths.
The only issue I had with the book is the food talk. Oh my days, the food sounded delicious and if I had not been reading I would have be creating the world’s best snack. I honestly could not cope. And my chocolate buttons did not last long enough.
I loved the multi-generational friendships, the food, the moments of pure joy and how Fliss grows as a person and encourages others around her. Celebrations at the Chateau was a funny, joyous book that all of Jo’s other books ended far too soon. This is one book that I cannot wait to dive into again.