Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas **Book Review** @annecater @transworldbooks @jo_thoms01

Happy Friday all!

Hope everyone is doing spectacular! This was the perfect escapist read for these crazy times. Just like the lavender in the story this book filled me with peace and hope.💜

My Thoughts

Lavender and love. Jo Thomas has woven together a beautiful tale of second chances, scrumptious baking, and charming characters. Del and her husband Ollie moved to a charming farmhouse in Provence for a new start. When things don’t go quite to plan Ollie decides to move back to the UK. But Del decide she needs a fresh start away from Ollie and stays behind in France. Determined to assimilate to the French Village life Del begins baking with local Lavender and takes in a villager in need. What follows is a delightful story about Del rediscovering herself. Sweet and satisfying with a sprinkling of romance.

This was such an easy breezy beautiful story that put a big smile on my face. Del was a likable character and I was rooting for her the entire story. I loved all the baking with lavender. My mom makes the most delicious cookies with lavender and macadamia nuts, I’m thinking I might need to get her a copy of this book with all these recipes. I have to admit it took me about 20 pages to realize that Del was baking cookies with lavender not what we call biscuits in America, the cookies sounded much more scrumptious. There is romance in the story and I did like the love interest Fabian, but I really thought it took a backseat to Del really finding her way to herself. A lovely escapist read that made me happy, hopeful, and hungry.

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*** Big thank you to Transworld for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Ollie. 

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.

Praise for Jo Thomas:

Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned’ Milly Johnson

‘The characters went straight to my heart’ Katie Fforde

‘A sparkling, heartwarming hug of a story’Miranda Dickinson

‘Like the best kind of holiday’ Lucy Diamond