Welcome to Freya’s French Farmhouse, the second book in a brand new series from the author of the Hummingbird Hotel series and the Cornish Confetti Agency series.
Escape to the French Riviera!
After losing her aromatherapy studio in the Blossomwood Bay fire, Freya Farnham finds herself at a loose end, especially when her trusty Renault decides that it’s time to head to the scrapyard in the sky. Now she has no excuse not to agree to her parents’ request to head to the pretty village of Saint-Julien to find out why her late Uncle Toby’s gorgeous French farmhouse isn’t selling, even when the real estate agent, Xavier Deschamps, advertises himself as “the best in the whole of Provence”.
As soon as she arrives, Freya realises what the problem is, and so, with the help of handsome local car mechanic Jacques Jordan, she invests her last euro in a kaleidoscope of cleaning products and sets about transforming the drab and dusty dwelling into a chic and shiny château. Little did she know that in the process she would discover more about her family’s history than she bargained for.
Can she come to terms with her past? Or will the demons that have been snapping at her heels since childhood prevent her from seizing the chance to achieve a much-longed-for sense of belonging in the friendly community where she’s treated as one of their own?
Why not join Freya as she explores the lavender-infused Provençal countryside, and enjoy a trip filled with fun, fragrance, and delicious foodie treats with a dash of heart-warming romance thrown in for good measure!
Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.
When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.
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today I’m bringing you a review for 2nd book in “The Blossomwood bay” series by Daisy James. Review for the first book “Tilly’s Tuscan Teashop” can be read here. But you don’t need to read the first book if you want to read this one (even though, I would recommend reading it).
In this book, we follow Freya on her adventure in France as she tries to sell her late uncle’s farmhouse. The descrpitions of the farmhouse were just so nicely written and captived me that for few moments I thought that I was there, looking at it. Daisy has an amazing way of describing how things look like and even smell. I enjoyed the description of all the perfumes and how the scents went together.
While this might be a romance story, I seriously enjoyed getting to know Freya and her backstory. Seeing how her character grew throughout the book was truly amazing. From someone who was afraid to come to France to getting to know everyone in the village and befriending people, even finding love. It was truly an amazing journey. One thing we should be careful of, and that is Esme’s baking. Unless you want to try macaroons with questionable taste, I would suggest just staying away from it.
Let Daisy take you on the journey to the French Riveira with this book and fall in love with all the scents and nice people that you will meet along this trip. For me, perfect read on a sunny spring afternoon with a cup of tea while we all hope for the summer to come faster.
Thanks to Rachel and Daisy for the invite on the tour.
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.