This delightful tale is a total submersion into a life that is altogether different, the French country way of life, slow, sweet and sometimes stingingly sad.
Catherine is a resilient and totally independent character, she speaks fluent French – so important – and is determined to make her new life in the wilds of the Cevennes work and work well. I have lived this particular life for seven years now, and although the author herself lives in the UK, she clearly understands the way a French rural community ticks. When a foreign body drops without warning into a tiny village they cannot expect instant acceptance. Like the pebble on the pond the ripples spread and all sorts of unlooked for consequences can occur. But as time passes tranquillity is restored, neighbours become friends, then more than just friends. Rosy Thornton understands this as few others do and this insightful novel reflects her clinging attachment to the region. Love, life, language tangles, the usual fight with the creaking bureaucratic machine all set amongst stunning scenery. If this sounds like your glass of wine, curl up and enjoy it.
© Amanda Lawrence 2011