When Poppy Kirkbride purchases a house in a quiet village in rural France, she expects her boyfriend to move to France with her. Instead, he breaks up with her, and Poppy decides to make the most of her new life, her three trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side.
Her broody neighbour, veterinarian Leo Dubois, is the only fly in her ointment. The house used to belong to his beloved sister and niece, and Leo isn’t happy about someone else moving in and making changes.
How can I resist such a premise? How often have I dreamed of taking a break from “real life” and, like Poppy, setting up shop in a small town where I can write stories and be with animals all day? Add in a hot French vet, and Poppy’s basically living my dream.
And indeed, wish fulfillment is much of the appeal of Poppy’s Place in the Sun. She goes on adventures around the countryside with Leo, and despite all the drama around their will they/won’t they relationship, it all feels very idyllic and pleasant. I enjoyed reading about how Poppy adjusted to her new life, and how she had to overcome her fears about all the changes she had to face.
I have a soft spot for medical romances, and particularly when the doctor is a vet who loves animals. The romance in this one fell a bit flat for me. Despite Leo’s good looks and the hot sex scenes, I never really got sucked into their relationship. Poppy’s fears that Leo was using her to get to the house were genuine enough, as was Leo’s difficulty in moving on from his sister and niece’s deaths, but their HEA never quite seemed truly in danger to me.
Still, if you’ve ever had a hankering to move to rural France yourself, this book is worth a read. Poppy’s journey to find herself and figure out her life is relatable, and the location is beautiful. The best part is that the dogs also play a prominent role in the story, and I love how real they felt as characters in their own right.
About the Book
‘She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously French…this lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ – Jane Linfoot
Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home…
With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s made the right decision. A lick of paint, and some TLC and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.
Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who makes it clear Poppy isn’t welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but Poppy won’t be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!
Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy, but can he ever return Poppy’s love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?
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About the Author
Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for Harper Impulse – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.
You can find her online either via her website: http://www.lorraine-wilson.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter and Twitter @Romanceminx.
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