I’ve never been to the Alsace region of France but, having read Julie Stock’s latest book, not only do I feel like I have visited but also that I really enjoyed my trip, too.
The Vineyard In Alsace is beautifully written, with a story that warms you, like sitting outside in the late evening sunshine.
It starts with a bang when Fran Schell walks in on the man she is supposed to marry in bed with another woman and quickly moves forward as she leaves London and heads home to France.
Now things really begin as she gets her dream job on a vineyard in Alsace, which just happens to be owned by her former love, Didier Le Roy.
There is obvious chemistry between these two but we are kept guessing about whether they will finally have their happy ending.
Here’s the blurb:
Is there really such a thing as a second chance at love?
Fran Schell has only just become engaged when she finds her fiancé in bed with another woman. She knows this is the push she needs to break free of him and to leave London. She applies for her dream job on a vineyard in Alsace, in France, not far from her family home, determined to concentrate on her work.
Didier Le Roy can hardly believe it when he sees that the only person to apply for the job on his vineyard is the same woman he once loved but let go because of his stupid pride. Now estranged from his wife, he longs for a second chance with Fran if only she will forgive him for not following her to London.
Working so closely together, Fran soon starts to fall in love with Didier all over again. Didier knows that it is now time for him to move on with his divorce if he and Fran are ever to have a future together. Can Fran and Didier make their second chance at love work despite all the obstacles in their way?
Julie makes the vineyard come alive to the point I could imagine myself walking in the dusty earth between the vines. The smattering of French throughout the book also adds to the immersion – even though I can’t speak the language (thankfully she explains what is being said).
Against this backdrop, it’s impossible not to like this very easy and enjoyable story with two likeable characters who go through their share of highs and lows.
Now, I’m off to research holidays in Alsace.
My rating: Four stars.
Thank you to Julie for sending me a copy of the book to review in return for my honest opinion.
Julie featured in one of my recent Behind The Book posts so, if you’re interested, you can find out more about her writing life by clicking here.