An uplifting, escapist read set on the French Riviera
by Jennifer Bohnet
A Riviera Retreat offers readers a gorgeous setting (France on the Riviera with side trips to Cannes and Monaco), relatable characters and an engaging story line that pays homage to the well known book, Enchanted April.
Protagonist, Amy, has inherited a wellness retreat from her aunt. It offered her the perfect escape from a bad marriage. Now, Amy would like to give something back. Influenced by Enchanted April, she has a contest. The winners will spend ten days at Belle Vue at no expense. The book then tells the stories and backstories of these characters. They include Matilda; she is in her 60s and a widow of two years. Will she decide to move to France as she had planned with her husband before he died? Next is Vicky who is married to a politician and is an aspiring author. Now that her children are older, she wants a life of her own. Will she get it? Finally there is Chelsea. Her affair with a married man (though she did not know that he was married) has come to light in the most embarrassing of ways. Will this caterer get her life back on track?
I enjoyed following all of the story lines and the relationships that these characters have with each other and the significant people in their lives. All of this with (virtual) good food, friendship and more make for the perfect relaxing read. Those who would like a nice, escapist read, please get hold of this one.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.