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A French Affair by Susan Lewis

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Paperback: 576 Pages.

Published: 17 May 2007 by Arrow

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 0099492334

EAN: 9780099492337

When Natalie Moore is killed in a freak accident in France her mother - the very poised and elegant Jessica - knows instinctively there is more to it.However, Natalie's father - the glamorous, high-flying Charlie - is so paralysed by the horror of losing his daughter, that he refuses even to discuss his wife's suspicions.

In the end, when their marriage is rocked by yet another terrible shock, Jessica decides to go back to France alone in search of some answers.When she gets to the idyllic vineyard in the heart of Burgundy she soon finds a great deal more than she was expecting in a love that is totally forbidden and a truth that will almost certainly devastate her life.

Set during one long hot summer in a sleepy world of wine, food and romance, A French Affair is a deeply sensual and passionate story of love, resistance, loyalty and betrayal.

Reviews

3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Too slow for me

This is a novel about a family in crisis after the death of a girl when staying with family friends. Jessica was on the telephone to her daughter when she fell and she is sure that it wasn't just an accident but no one believes her. She visits her friends in France in order to ask some questions and as she does so she reveals secrets within both families which change her view of the people she has known and loved.

This is one of those novels which is set among the privileged middle classes where everyone seems to have plenty of money, good careers, lots of lovely friends and lots of time to sit around drinking wine. Sometimes it grates a little bit when reading because the life they live is so cushioned from reality but then the author shows us that, in fact, these people are actually shallow, manipulative and deceitful. The secrets that are uncovered are really rather obvious from the beginning and well telegraphed and I don't think that any reader will be surprised by what is revealed.

I thought this book was too long and too slow. I felt that I was wading through endless descriptions of a comfortable life style and that the plot took its time to get moving. I would have liked it to be pruned quite a bit and to get to the point sooner and would happily have missed out some of the long conversations about life that the characters had along with their wine.

 
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