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A Wedding in Provence: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction

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She bumps into Donna outside the Sacré Coeur, and there begins a chain of events that leads her to gaining employment from the handsome Le Comte de Belleville. It didn’t flow and I was beginning to wonder where it was going but I persevered but was left disappointed.

If you’ve read any previous book by Katie Fforde you’ll know she absolutely slays her characterizations, every single character in all of her books are believable, not perfect in any way, and absolutely so dang lovable. Even Grandmere Penelope, who seemed so formidable at the beginning, softened as she let love into her life. She has three children: Guy, Francis and Briony and didn't start writing until after the birth of her third child.A chance meeting in Paris leads to her being employed as a nanny to three French children who live in a chateau in Provence. We get to meet Alexandra's friend David, who comes to help her tutor the children, and he also happens to be homosexual, something frowned upon in England during the setting of this story. The only nannying experience she has had is that of her own nannies who brought her up after her parents died.

Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. Now she has to care for children who view her ‘with a mixture of hostility, resentment and defiance’. Surprisingly the position turns out not to be in Paris but in Provence, but Alexandra accepts the challenge, despite her only experience being with her own Nannies. Alexandra enlists the help of her good friend from England - gay something still illegal in England and her in turn brings a friend. Katie Fforde lives in the beautiful Cotswold countryside with her family, and is a true country girl at heart.Yes, the romance is there, absolutely, simmering, in the background, but I do wish there had been more of the build-up, as the inevitable conclusion is so sped up! She had had a comfortable life and had nannies and later companions to guide her through the years after family decided to support her from afar. Having decided, at Donna’s insistence, to spend a little longer than the planned 24 hours in Paris, Donna tells her about a job in Paris an acquaintance is looking to fill. The children's father - a count and very handsome often works away and Alexandra is left to cope with this alone.

Set in the early sixties this is a charming romantic read,I'll not go into the story just sit back and relax . I liked how the book was written it had a chatty feel to it which I liked, I liked Alexandra, I felt as though she was a strong women that people could look up to.And those kids, Stephie especially, just make this book extra special, I loved how blunt and honest Stephie was, she really doesn’t mince her words and it’s so sweet how she gets on with Alexandra so quickly. As a big fan of The Sound of Music, I enjoyed following the relationship and comparing it to Maria and Captain von Trapp’s. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Though instantly attracted to Antoine she knows that there are too many reasons why they could never be a couple and focuses all of her love and attention on his 3 children.

It is a light, feel good book that will probably appeal to readers of women's fiction or romance novels. I love any book that can take me on a beautiful journey in foreign countries, from the comfort of my home. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a perfect holiday book so if you are off to the sun get a copy and take it to the pool or beach. Alexandra is on her way to live with her starchy relations and decides to stop off in Paris for a couple of days sightseeing.

This aside, I would still recommend this book and I would definitely read another Katie Fforde having enjoyed so many of her previous books. Alexandra is a lovely character and her relationship with the three children is lovely although slightly reminiscent of The Sound of Music. She finds herself in a chateau, looking after three children, unaided, two of which aren't keen to have her there, with a grandmerè who doesn't feel she is qualified, an estranged mother of said children, who wants to whisk the children away, and a friendly dog. With relatable challenges that keep her on her toes – Antoine’s over-bearing ex-mother-in-law and his haughty ex-wife, a prickly love rival, the upward battle of building trust with children who have all but been neglected – Alexandra’s character develops gently and convincingly.

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