Review: Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

Posted May 6, 2020 by Charlotte in Reviews / 2 Comments

Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

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.

Review: Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo ThomasEscape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas
Published by Transworld Digital on 7 May 2020
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: E-Arc
Source: Netgalley
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Can she find her recipe for happiness?

Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie.

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.

Escape to the French Farmhouse is the perfect escapism that you need in your life now. The descriptions are vivid, the setting gorgeous and it is written so beautifully that you can imagine yourself in the Farmhouse with Del.

One theme running through the book was Lavender. Lavender for baking, lavender for cooking and lavender for decoration. Using lavender, Del manages to immerse herself in the local community and through an old recipe book manages to bring some life into the old lavender bakes.

I love that Del, does not want to be the ‘typical British Ex-pat’ and wants to be part of the local community. And I think that it is this ability to ‘fit in’ that makes Del instantly a part of the community. That and she has a kind heart and the ability to help anyone in need.

I adored her relationship with Stephanie and her son Tomas.  It felt so natural and it was lovely to see them given an opportunity that perhaps they wouldn’t have had. There is also Fabien, who seems to be the nicest person in the world. Corine who becomes Del’s first friend and ally. And finally Herni a cafe owner and do-gooder. These three are key to Del being accepted and they give all plenty of opportunities to prove herself.

All of them provide a strong friendship for each other. And it is this connection and belief in helping one another that is so amazing. It allows everyone in this friendship group to grow. To make decisions that can, potential, change their lives. And gives them the option to explore possibilities.

Escape to the French Farmhouse is a feel good book that will make you wish that you could move to France in an instant. And with loads of delicious bakes mention it may make you hungry….

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