Every end has a new beginning…
All NEW from bestselling author Jennifer Bohnet.
When Pixie Sampson’s husband tragically dies, she inherits the beautiful Château Quiltu in Brittany, Northern France.
But unbeknown to her, she also inherits a mysterious lodger, Justine Martin and her 4-year-old son Ferdie.
Heartbroken and with her adventurous Mum, Gwen in tow, they travel to France to put the Château on the market but are soon drawn into a quest to seek the Château’s secrets.
Who is Justine? Why is she living at the Château? How did she know her husband?
Over the Summer months, the Château fills with family and laughter and secrets are discovered and old wounds begin to heal.
The story begins ten years ago, in a Notair’s office in Carhaix, Brittany in France, this is where we first meet Pixie Sampson and her husband Frank. The couple have made the decision to purchase un petit Château in France, ready to embark on a long and happy future together.
In the present day, we come to learn that Pixie is a widow, with her husband passing away three weeks ago after thirty-five years of marriage. Frank lost his life in an accident, in which a joyrider in a stolen car caused a fatal accident, something that is obviously hard to come to terms with.
At the age of 59, Pixie never expected to find herself without Frank, and as she attempts to make small steps forward in her grief she decides to travel to the château she shared with her late husband, taking her mother Gwen with her. Their plan had always been to start a retreat centre there, but now that she has lost Frank, she can’t face that future anymore, and so she decides to get things in order ready to sell.
When Pixie and Gwen arrive in France, she finds that Frank had been keeping several secrets from her, one of which being that he had allowed a young woman Justine, and her four year old son to live in the cottage beside the château. Pixie finds herself questioning why he had kept these things secret from her, and this is when she decides to spend one final summer in France to get the answers she needs before selling the place and leaving this all behind her.
I loved this story and the array of intriguing characters it introduces us to. Pixie is one of those characters you find yourself connecting with instantly. She is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and she has a heart of gold. I really felt for her in her grief, and as she began to unearth the secrets her husband had hidden away from her. Gwen is also a delightful character who really adds to this gorgeous read. She has gone along on this journey solely to support her daughter when she needs her most, and as you progress through the story you certainly begin to pick up on some familial resemblances between them.
The setting was an absolute dream, and as we learn more about the château, you can really understand why they had fallen in love with it in the first place. With a wonderfully structured storyline full of emotion and drama, this is a delightful story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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About the Author
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 12 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.
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