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Rosie's Little Cafe on the Riviera (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/6/26
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Escape to the French coast this summer with Jennifer Bohnets deliciously uplifting read.A summer of taking chances!Rosie Hewitts dream of opening a little French café on the Riviera is finally coming true. Shes giving up on love and instead chasing her own perfect recipe for happiness
Jennifer Bohnet is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France. Shes still not sure how she ended up there! The saying life is what happens while youre deciding what to do . . . is certainly true in her case. Shes always written alongside having various jobs: playgroup leader, bookseller, landlady, restauranteur, farmers wife, secretary the list is endless but does provide a rich vein of inspiration for her stories. For three years she wrote a newspaper column in The South Hams Group of Newspapers (Devon) where she took a wry look at family life. Since living in France it is her fiction that has taken off with hundreds of short stories and several serials published internationally. If you like stories set down on the French Riviera, Antibes, Cannes and Monaco, then take a look at Follow Your Star and Rendezvous in Cannes. Her other books, too, have passing references to the South of France. Allergic to housework and gardening, she rarely does either, but she does like cooking and entertaining and wandering around vide greniers (the French equivalent of flea markets) looking for a bargain or two. Her children currently live in fear of her turning into an ageing hippy and moving to Totnes, Devon. To find out more about Jennifer visit her website: jenniferbohnet.com or chat to her on Twitter: @jenniewriter
The French Riviera is the setting of this story that follows a few months in the lives of several British women who’ve adopted France as their home. Rosie, a chef who had worked in yachts for a few years, finally takes the plunge and opens her own café. She dreams of making a go of the business although people tell her she’s going to fail (trying to convince French people they should eat British food is not going to be easy). She has quite a few difficulties to conquer (the hotel next door opening soon, and owned by a chef with not one but two Michelin stars, Seb, a complaint of food poisoning, an ex-boyfriend who never gives up, her mother and her younger boyfriend, and other family issues). Erica, a widow with a young daughter, finds it difficult to move on and make sense of life without her husband. GeeGee, an estate agent whose boyfriend upped and left cannot make ends meet and has to get inventive.
Most of the characters in the novel face personal losses and changes in circumstances they have to deal with as best they can. They are very different and face their problems in different ways, some by taking time and reflecting, going slowly, others by asking for advice and help and others still by jumping into action and never stopping to think. Apart from two very minor characters (both exes, a male and a female), all the rest are sympathetic (or eventually they become so) and are people most of us wouldn’t mind meeting and spending time with. There are family secrets revealed, happy moments and sad ones, dogs, wonderful food and scenery, a beautiful setting, amazing properties we’d all like to live in, and of course, romance, plenty of it.
All of the characters learn that you must let go (of your preconceived ideas, of the past, of the fear of having to be independent, and also of the fear of being in a relationship…) and that sometimes you have to reinvent yourself and re-evaluate what’s really important. We all make mistakes but it’s important to try and learn from them and make amends when the opportunity presents itself.
The book is written in the third person, from the alternating points of view of the three women, and it flows well, moving with ease from one character to another, with engaging descriptions of locations, objects and food. There are no psychological depths to explore and although there are obstacles to be overcome, there is no excess of drama and the characters’ emotions and reactions feel natural, credible and not forced.
The story is a feel-good read, with some sad and darker moments and with many stories intertwined (that means not all the characters are fully developed but it’s easy to find somebody to root and care for). A light-hearted story, recommended for the icy days of winter (meteorological or emotional) and a good substitute for chocolate and/or a holiday. (Also a good holiday read.)
The book is about three English women in South France going through different changes in their lives. First, we have Rosie Hewett who left life as a chef in a cruise to open her cafe by the riviera. She’s invested everything in Café Fleur—money and time—and has to make sure the business becomes a success. She has no time for Charlie the persistent ex, Sebastian the intriguing hotel owner/Michelin starred chef/competition across the street, and Terry, the estranged father she hasn’t seen in so long, but alas, they were there to make things more difficult/interesting for her.
Second, we have Georgina “GeeGee” George, a commission-based estate agent trying to make ends meet. Now she has to figure out if she should continue on with this life or make use of opportunities to start anew.
Third, we have Erica and her daughter Cammie trying to move on from life after her husband’s death. She has her business, “Cupboard Under the Stairs” and Pascal’s insurance money, so financially they’re secured. But she has decisions to make that might affect her and her daughter’s lives,
The subplots, especially those involving Rosie, were easily resolved. It would have been more enjoyable if the author introduced one conflict per person instead of the several for Rosie. The other resolutions felt like a cop out. I also think the intrigue about James, one of Rosie’s staff and Charlie’s step-brothers, was forgotten or set aside.
It was an okay read. I enjoyed getting to know the ladies and the other people in this little world. It took me a while to get into it, but when the story picked up, I still enjoyed it. However, I think the storylines were jammed into a short book. This would have been better if the book was longer to give space to all the plotlines introduced or it would have been better to focus on one woman’s story, then maybe write another one for the others.
Still, I enjoyed the story and could picture everything happening in the story. Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera is a light story told in the three women’s perspectives. There’s little to no angst and lots of delicious food and beautiful sights. This would be a lovely beach.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from Netgalley.com