Thursday, 27 February 2020

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman
Release Date: 26th December 2019
Publisher:  Boldwood Books
Genres: Romantic Fiction

Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.
When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.
In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

Lexi has the opportunity to put her stamp on the entertainment world. Already a celeb on daytime TV she has the opportunity to put her mark on some serious work as a television producer. She's invested more than just money in this latest project. Being in France to film a documentary about the Palace of Versailles, she uses the opportunity to find out just what her grandmother did when she was there many years ago at the palace when she lived in France for a year before marrying Lexi's grandfather.  In France Lexi meets the enigmatic interpreter Ronan who helps her unravel family secrets and help her make some special memories of her own.

Lucy Coleman's description of Versailles is wonderful. I instantly fell in love with the place when Lexi first walked into her little cottage, hidden away in the madness of the city. A little oasis. Oh my goodness it was described so beautifully that I actually felt I was there and as excited as Lexi to be there. How the author creates a sense of place and her beautiful descriptive text has always been such a great feature of Lucy Coleman's writing and one which for me always draws me into the stories in ways other writers can't. Yet again Lucy Coleman has transported me to another place, and all from the comfort of my sofa. Lexi is a great character who is brave, even when she doesn't think she is and is not afraid to go for what she wants. For her, family means everything. Her niece is a fantastic little character!

I really enjoyed finding out more about the Palace and the gardens and its clear the the author has done her research. I felt totally immersed in the history of Versailles and was intrigued by Lexi's grandmother's own history. The story is beautifully paced with enough romance, intrigue and mystery to keep me suitably glued to it.

A Springtime to Remember is a wonderful book about family secrets, chasing your dreams, love and being true to yourself. I never ever pass up the opportunity to take part in a Lucy Coleman tour if I can help it. I've always been a huge fan of her writing and this wonderful author just keeps getting better and better. 



From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton - who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman - says 'it's been a fantastic journey!'
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels - including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she's not writing, or spending time with the family, she's either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her 'rock', Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
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