Escape to the French Farmhouse – Jo Thomas
Genre: Chick Lit / Romance
Publication Date: August 6, 2020
Del and her husband Ollie move 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?
When I was invited to participate in the blog tour for Escape to the French Farmhouse, I was so excited because I am a total Francophile. I cannot get enough of all things French – French food, French wine, French pastries (yum), and Provence are some of my favourite things. I would love to pack my bags and move to France tomorrow (if only that were possible…), which is exactly what Del and her husband Ollie did. However, the state of their relationship is not good, and when Ollie decides to return to England, Del stays. All she has is the roof over her head, her dog, and the determination to make it on her own.
Thankfully, the village in which she has settled has some of the nicest inhabitants imaginable. Fabian, who owns a local furniture shop, lends her some furniture for her empty house, and her estate agent helps set her up with a way to make some money – cooking for the local market. Del gradually cooks her way through a cookbook with some of the most delectable sounding lavender-infused recipes. The pages are filed with descriptions of lavender cookies, cakes, and other amazing foods – my mouth was watering. So much of this book centres around food; it made me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking some French meals myself, to enjoy with a glass of rose from Provence of course.
While this book is not necessarily the most realistic, with a rose-tinted portrayal of some aspects of society, it does contain some quite important lessons. It conveys the importance of community, acceptance, and learning to trust and love yourself and others. It was a really refreshing read, and exactly what I needed right now. Del’s journey of finding herself and her purpose in her new life in Provence put the biggest smile on my face. Escape to the French Farmhouse is such a sweet, uplifting story – the perfect antidote to the world right now. I highly recommend it, especially if you, like me, could use some time in French countryside right now.
I would like to thank Random Things Tours for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. I would also like to thank Transworld Publishers for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. If you would like to check out the other stops on this tour, please check out the information below.