The French House by Nick Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
'CC is trapped by a job she no longer loves in an unfriendly city. So when her new boyfriend decides it's time to sell up and move to the South of France, she decides in seconds to change her life. After all, who wouldn't pick an azure sea, aperitifs and sunshine over a dreary commute and a rainy climate?
She hadn't expected a tumbledown farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Or a motley assortment of surly builders, eccentric farmers and a resentful, terrifying neighbour - who happens to be her boyfriend's aunt.
Suddenly, CC's dream of a place in the sun is looking more like a nightmare. Does she have the courage to stick it out, and make a home of her French house?'
I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Many people have read and reviewed this book after Nick Alexander's book The Case of the Missing Boyfriend which until recently I didn't know existed. I will however be reading this now on the strength of The French House.
This I found was a very easy read from the first to the first to the last page. It was a quick read o, I found that I had finished it on only a couple of days. I didn't want to put it down. The story line is well executed although I feel it was a shame that Nick Alexander didn't give more explanation as to why Distira behaved by the way she did. Hence the 4* and not 5. I think the reader would have wanted to see some retribution for her actions.
Having said that the novel on the whole was a very enjoyable read, lots of humor and the characters were believable and endearing, making the reader really care about what happened to them. The book had good flow and pace to it. Curiously it felt as if it had been written by a woman, Nick Alexander has a good idea of the psyche of women and it felt truthful and relevant.
I would definitely read other novels by Nick Alexander and recommend others to read his books.