The French for Love by Fiona Valpy

The French for Love

Like a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine – The French for Love is the perfect summer escape.Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months.So when she inherits her aunt’s ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside – swapping the miserable English weather for blue skies, sunshine, great wine and a fresh start. What she hasn’t fac...

Details The French for Love

TitleThe French for Love
Release DateJul 12th, 2013
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Cultural, France, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary, Travel, Fiction

Reviews The French for Love

  • Linda Dobinson
    Really good chick-lit with emotional depth. As my favourite mode of transport is armchair, I always enjoy stories set in foreign places. Wonderful descriptions of France and likeable characters.I recommend this book.
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    Review: this is the perfect summer read! It was just the right amount of warmth and exotic location for this British summer. I loved the idea of the story, someone escaping to France and it was just as enjoyable as I expected! We are introduced to Gina and her hopeless situation straight away, and I loved her as a character. She is a strong person who knows that she has to get away in order to sort her life out. I like the fact that she has lost ...
  • Monica Watson
    IntoxicatingI loved this beautiful story.... practically read it start to end and can’t wait to begin the next. My weekend chores will have to wait. I am settling in.... characters and language of this wonderful tale were so engaging. I did not want the story to end.
  • Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)
    Kitabın kapağından dolayı böyle sıcak samimi bir hikâye beklentisiyle başladım ama ne yazık ki çok sevdiğimi söyleyemeyeceğim. Böyle aşk hikâyesi desem değil, aileyle ilgili bir şeyler desem değil. İki taraftan da biraz yetersiz kalmış bir kurguydu bence.Gina teyzesinin kaybettikten sonra ona miras olarak bıraktığı eve yerleşir. Hem sevgilisinden hem de işinden olduğu bir döneme denk gelince bunun iyi geleceğini d...
  • Paulita Kincer
    I really enjoyed the book The French for Love by Fiona Valpy. I read it all in one day rather than grading papers or preparing for classes or doing laundry for my son who goes back to college next week. Gina, the main character, lives in the UK and is in her late 20s. Major life changes in the past year spin her into a whirlwind. Her father died, her favorite aunt who lived in France died, her live-in boyfriend left her for another woman, and she...
  • Dražljivka
    Če imate radi lahkotne ljubezenske romane, Francijo in vino, vam bo ta knjiga napojila dušo. Ljubezen po francosko – tako kot kozarec dobrega vina – prikliče veselje in odganja skrbi. Več na
  • Jane Newey
    Great holiday romance
  • Kathie
    A wonderful story about love, family & wine. 🍷💖😊
  • Charland Garvin
    It was an ok book if you want French. Nice story and I seem to be "in France" for the moment.
  • Gina Schwartz
    Refreshing re-read
  • Kathryn Laceby
    Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesI enjoyed The French for Love for all the reasons you could imagine with such a title. It was warm and inviting and filled with promises of love. Our leading lady, Gina, is at a loss with a past year full of changes and doesn’t know what direction to take next so her decision to move into her aunt’s cottage in rural France seems to be an ideal plan while she sorts out her head. I found myself longingly hopi...
  • Best Crime Books & More
    The synopsis is certainly not original and I have seen these ‘relocations and fresh starts’ many times in other books. However, Fiona Valpy has done the MOST important thing in my opinion. She has managed to weave a tale that is descriptive enough to actually take me to France in my mind and picture the village and house, as well as giving me the main character Gina who I just fell in love with. If you can get the setting right, and character...
  • Barbara M
    "The French for Love" is a nice light read. I just finished it while lounging on the beach.Gina lives in England and is experiencing challenges with her love life and career. She suddenly inherits a house in France from her Aunt Liz who passes away. She decides to go to France to see the house and the experience of spending time there is life changing for her. Gina is in the wine business and she is studying wine in France. Some things I especial...
  • Paris Baker
    When everything around her seems to be falling apart, an escape to the French countryside seems like a much needed respite for Gina, and will allow her to feel closer to the Aunt she loved so dearly.When she meets Cédric, the son of her new neighbour Mireille, the attraction is instant. But with so many things for Gina to overcome, including the discovery of a long-kept family secret and a rather challenging language barrier, you can’t help bu...
  • Jacqueline
    I’ve read lots of novels set in Provence where the descriptions really do bring back great memories of the villages and scenery. This book is set much closer to my home in Bordeaux but again the descriptions of the area are spot on and made me feel very much at home.The main character Gina finds herself starting again in France, not because she is following her dream but because it seems her only option. Her boyfriend has left her, she’s lost...
  • Laura
    A very put-downable, pick-upable book. That is to say, it failed to hold my interest, so I laid it aside. Then when I was between books I really wanted to read, I'd pick it up. Often, it's difficult to get back into the action. Not so here, but possibly only because the action was so slight and also so predictable. Indeed, had I been asked, I'd have predicted the ending on the fourth page or so. But then, so much Chick Lit is that way, as if we w...
  • Suze Lavender
    Gina's a wine taster and due to cut downs at work she loses her job. When her aunt passes away she inherits a house in France. As she desperately wants to get away from it all she decides to move into her aunt's home. The house needs some work and because of that she meets Cédric and his brothers. Building a new life for herself isn't as easy as it sounds though.I loved the setting and the atmosphere of this book. I could dream away about France...
  • Renita D'Silva
    I absolutely adored ‘The French for Love’. It has all the ingredients of a fabulous read- a fantastic setting, beautifully depicted; a wonderful heroine in Gina- you can’t help but root for her from the start. There is intrigue to keep you on your toes and all those gorgeous wines, not forgetting the romance of course. And if that wasn’t enough there is the lovely ending which leaves you feeling warm and happy inside. And not only that, y...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars
  • Jenny Hale
    Fiona Valpy moves gracefully between present and past as her main character, Gina, comes into her own, finds love, and discovers a story that has been tucked away for many years. It is the perfect read for summer with Valpy’s colorful description of the French countryside, good wine, and loads of sunshine. Although, I may pick it back up this winter to keep me warm! I highly recommend this sweet, funny, and romantic read.
  • Rachel Gilbey
    I read this after I read Fiona's latest book The French For Christmas which I did really enjoy.I found though that The French for Love, was just slow to get going and it struggled to hold my interest. As a debut its OK, but I know due having read her latest book, that Fiona can write far more entertaining, heartwarming books.
  • Teresa
    This is my second time reading The French For Love. I wanted to re-read The French For Christmas, but wanted to re-familiarize myself with Valpey's characters. I would love to know Gina, Cedric and the brother Thibault. I would love to live in this quaint village that Valpey has created. It's such a warm and comforting, yet fun and intriguing read.
  • NancyB
    When I started this book I had great expectations and I was not disappointed. It has just about everything a woman can relate to- plus a fantastic setting! Ms. Valpy's knowledge of wines is interesting and informative. I loved Gina but Cédric even more! If you're looking forward to a relaxing read, The French for Love is for you! Waiting for her next book...!
  • Susan2U
    A perfect palate-cleanser, especially if you've been reading lots of dark, edgy books. It's part travelogue, part wine-making class, part romance, and a healthy dose of rumination on life and love. The writing is beautiful — evocative and descriptive, even poetic at times — without being over-the-top. What a lovely read.
  • Elizabeth Cole
    LOVED this book. Its a quick light read. A romance but a very clean, sweet romance. Learned a lot about wine and as a wine fiend it was perfect for me. I really wish that she wrote a follow up novel for this book but sadly she doesn't.
  • Rachel
    I read this book hoping it would be like Under the Tuscan Sun and it was to some degree but I found it a bit ponderous and contrived. Gina inherits her aunt's house in France and moves there only to discover some disturbing things about her family. Good plot, just a little too drawn out.
  • Elaine
    I really enjoyed this for a chick lit read. It was well written, had wine and France. What more could you want? :)
  • Jenn
  • Marvel
    Cute and entertaining romantic candy. I liked it but it was pretty predictable.
  • Millie
    Yes this book is predictable and clichéd.It's also well written with likeable characters and a good story.This is a feel-good book, it left me smiling when I'd finished it.