Book Review: ‘A French Affair’, Katie Fforde

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Gina and Sally Makepiece have inherited a stall in the French House – an antiques centre nestled in the heart of the English countryside. Gina is determined to drag the French House and its grumpy owner into the twenty-first century. Bearing all the attributes of a modern-day Mr Rochester, Matthew Ballinger is less than happy with the whirlwind that has arrived on his doorstep. The last thing either of them want is to fall in love. But will a trip to France change their minds?

Published by: Century, February 2013

Reviewed by Stacey

This is a romantic novel about a woman called Gina who has recently broke up with her boyfriend, left her career and town looking to start a new life! The story begins with Gina and her sister Sally inheriting a stall in an Antiques Centre from their favourite aunt, who is somewhat of a character! On learning of their inheritance,  Gina surprises herself and her sister by deciding to give the Antiques business a go and taking u[ where her aunt had left off.

She is tutored by the Centre’s owner Matthew, who is a miserable set in his ways, old fashioned Antiques dealer. The story unfolds to show different sides to Matthew. Somewhere along the line, Gina and Matthew warm to each other and hey presto they start a love affair!

I found this book to be fairly predictable, but totally inoffensive and sweet in an old school romance kind of way!

I enjoyed reading about Gina and Sally’s relationship…..they were quite amusing together. The book was easy to read and had that feel good factor! Not sure if the plot was a bit far-fetched for me, but definitely was not a bad read!

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