Happy publication day to Escape to the French Farmhouse by Victoria Brownlee. Delighted to have a review for it today on the blog.
Escape to the French Farmhouse by Victoria Brownlee
Ella moved to Paris on a whim – and found happily ever after.
But after six months of romantic bliss, living with her French boyfriend, cheesemonger Serge, Ella’s new life is thrown off course. An unplanned pregnancy doesn’t seem too bad, until Serge unexpectedly decides to move their growing family to a goat farm in the Loire Valley, without consulting Ella.
Can Ella and Serge’s relationship survive their relocation to the depths of the French countryside?
Victoria Brownlee is an Australian-born food writer. She’s spent the best part of the last decade eating her way around the world, including a two-year stint in China where she was the Food & Drink Editor at ‘Time Out Shanghai’. In 2016, she traded dumplings for cheese, and is now settled in Paris, France with her husband and daughter. ‘Escape to the Paris Cheese Shop’ is her first novel.
Review by Kelly Lacey
Escape to the French Farmhouse by Victoria Brownlee is the second book in the Fromage à Trois series. I have not read Escape to the Paris Cheese Shop and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book in any way.
We meet Ella and Serge living blissfully loved up in Paris a year into their relationship. Then they are hit with the bombshell that Ella is pregnant. Serge decides that raising a child in the city is not an option and promptly searches for a new location for his growing family.
What follows is a laugh out loud adventure. Ella is a brilliant character and her Australian voice belts from the pages. Filled with cringe worthy moments that give you that wonderful unease and one liners that are genius.
I absolutely loved spending time in the Loire Valley with Ella. The book did make me hungry for hot bread, dark coffee and of course cheese.
The book may talk about cheese but it is in no way cheesy in nature. It’s funny, heartwarming and perfect to read in any season.
A romantic comedy that hits the humour level spot on!
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