Title: French Kisses
Author: Jan Ellis
Pages: 137 Pages
Publisher: Endeavour Press
To the outside world, Rachel Thompson has it made: a wealthy husband, a successful career as an artist, and a to-die-for house in the middle of rural France.
That is until her husband Michael hits 40, discovers his inner love-rat and runs off with the kids’ young, skinny dance teacher.
Determined to ignore her friends’ advice to up-sticks and move back to England with her children, Rachel decides to turn their crumbly stone farmhouse into a bijou hotel.
As Rachel strives to create a new life for herself, friends and family rally around to give her a Christmas and New Year with plenty of surprises.
With help – and some hindrance – from her loved ones, Rachel transforms their home into a cosy guest house for an eclectic collection of visitors, including Josh Perry, a handsome American academic.
Although Rachel is getting plenty of attention from local admirers, her husband Michael is never far away…
Will Rachel and Michael rekindle their love affair?
Or will she be sharing French Kisses with someone else…?
Oh dear. I’m not going to lie to you folks. I was not enamoured by French Kisses by Jan Ellis. The premise of the story is actually pretty good. Man leaves woman for someone else and woman brings herself back to life by opening up a guest house with a romance along the way. I personally felt that the execution was just weird.
Firstly, I didn’t fall in love with the protagonist, Rachel. As much as you sympathised with her because of her abandonment by her ex-husband I didn’t really particularly like her. The time wasn’t taken to make me feel like she needed me to like her. I wanted to leave the novel feeling as if I would love to be friends with her but I just didn’t.
Secondly, the romance in French Kisses was too wishy-washy. I think Ellis made the mistake of writing more favourably about one of the romantic partners that when eventually she chose someone else I felt a bit cheated. This also made me dislike Rachel because she came across as fickle.
For me, French Kisses did not tick any of the boxes that I require for a romantic book. I’m very disappointed.
French Kisses by Jan Ellis is available now.
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