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About the Author
I was born and bred in Devon, down in the south west of England. it's a lovely area and it's no surprise that I've used it for four of my books. I lived and worked in Italy for eight years, before coming back with my Italian wife and our daughter. I've been writing since I was 12. I write all sorts, from thrillers to historical novels and, above all, humour. They say I've got a very English sense of humour, even if my mum was Scottish and my dad was Welsh.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Natalie Dryden has just broken up with her snooty lawyer boyfriend and his status conscious, social climbing family. She flees to the lovely South of France to stay with here elderly grandmother and reassess life. After obtaining her PhD in Medieval French studies, Natalie is desperate for a job in a field where few are available. While in France, she meets several attractive men, especially interesting to Natalie is her wealthy and handsome British neighbor, Mark. She takes a research job with him as he is writing a novel about a Medieval group who happens to be her specialty. Her feelings for him are immediate and intense, but he seems to be immune to her charms. This is a slow burn type of relationship development, sometimes maddeningly so, that also has a lot of local history thrown in so the reader can get an education while reading a romance. I have found the slow pace of the relationship development to be more common in the British style romances than American. The author is male which is a bit unusual for romance books. I am always interested to see women protagonists written from the male perspective. T.A. Williams does a good job of writing a romance and presenting relationship dynamics.
I'm a huge fan of Trevor's books so I knew instinctively this would be a welcome read that I could relax into. The cover lures you in with it's tranquil beauty and the story lives up to it. Natalie has come to a point in her life where she has chucked her engagement ring back at her pompous fiance after hearing comments from his mother sealing the deal that he really wasn't suitable for her or vice versa. So she ups and leaves to go and stay with her elderly grandmother in France. Having completed her PhD she needs to find a job, concentrate on her career and she places a self ban on any involvement with men. But of course this is a chick-lit so that situation won't last long! She manages to pick up a few hours work as a waitress which leaves her ample time to swim, sun bathe and spend time with Grandma. She finds an admirer in Phillipe the sailor , gets rather interested in Remy the fisherman but it's literally bumping into Mark during one of her swims when the tell-tale tingles begin. It's a happy coincidence that Mark is writing a book and needs some local knowledge which Natalie has studied so he employs her as his guide/informer and they enjoy some wonderful sight-seeing trips, with a generous smattering of history relayed. Anyone who has read Trevor's books will know there is always a faithful Labrador involved somewhere and this time his name is Barney .. there are some really cute scenes with him. Grandma is intent on playing cupid, but as usual does the journey of true love run smoothly? I enjoyed this as much as I anticipated, the setting was idyllic and perfect as a destination to lose oneself in. There was an adequate number of hunky men, some nice side characters in the cafe, a dreadfully sad moment but that leads to happier times, so to sum it up there is everything you need for a grand book, ideal for holiday reading or just for those who wish they were on holiday! Thanks go to Trevor, Netgalley and Carina for another fabulous ARC.