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 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.
Five years later, after saving enough money Rosie takes ownership of her very own cafe, ‘Cafe Fleur’ right on the beach front in the south of France.
But with a hotel with a two time Michelin star chef next door will her food be enough to compete?
Rosie’s Cafe on the Riviera is a pure chick-lit novel. Told from various perspectives, including, Rosie, Gee Gee the local estate agent and Erica, who is the owner of ‘The Cupboard Under the Stairs’ shop. These three women all have various problems in their lives which they are trying to deal with as best they can.
The book brings together such wonderful, likeable characters, and I loved that they each had their own unique story to share, and how there were there for one another in times of need. We also have the hottest male of the story, Seb, who has a few surprises up his sleeve.
Although I really did like the story and was avidly engrossed there were a couple of little niggles, such as Rosie forever telling us that she didn’t want a relationship, once, possibly twice is enough. There was also the fact that this book is set in France, yet all the characters are English.
If you like chick-lit novels, then I can guarantee you will love this book. I mean with its beautiful sunny location, characters that you get to know inside and out, and were a pleasure to meet, plus a wonderful story line, what’s not to like!
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed