Be transported to the Palace of Versailles in Lucy Coleman’s latest romance novel, A Springtime to Remember — and win a signed copy of Lucy’s book A French Adventure.
Thank you very much to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me taking part in her book tour for A Springtime to Remember. I was given a free copy of the book in return for an unbiased review.
The story follows Alexandra Winters (or Lexie), a daytime TV presenter who is hoping to move into TV production. She has the opportunity to present and produce a documentary series about the gardens of the Palace of Versailles for three months and jumps at the chance. While there, she uses this as the perfect opportunity to find out more about her late grandmother Viv, who spent a year working in the gardens of Versailles in the 60s — but never spoke about it. Lexie delves into Viv’s notebooks and speaks with retired Palace gardeners to try and learn more about Viv’s mysterious past.
“It’s a part of our family history. Aren’t you in the least bit curious? I wish she’d been around for much longer but at least some of her feisty spirit lives on in us. And now I want to discover the woman she was before she became our grandma. I don’t see anything wrong with that. Her passion for horticulture never left her, but she turned her back on what could have been a very promising career for the love of one man. Don’t you think that’s an interesting story?”
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I was initially drawn to A Springtime to Remember as I am fascinated by the Palace of Versailles and the French Revolution. Ever since I saw the Marie Antoinette movie starring Kirsten Dunst I have been fascinated with this beautiful palace. I hope to spend several days exploring the palace and its grounds one day.
I loved Lucy Coleman’s writing style. Versailles is a large focus of the book and there are pages of vivid descriptions of the Palace and its grounds. Everywhere Lexie visits in France is described in detail and I could picture it all very clearly. I want to stay in Lexie’s French cottage — I hope it exists as it sounds just lovely! Lucy has clearly a real love of France and Versailles — and has done her research! I learned so much about the Palace and its modern history, such as the destruction caused by a hurricane in 1999 (over 10,000 trees were destroyed!).
I found it really hard to put this book down. The story is really engaging, and I enjoyed all of the twists and turns. I loved reading more about Grandma Viv and finding out what had happened in her past — as well as the past of the main characters in the story!
All of the characters are all incredibly well-written. A Springtime to Remember is told from Lexie’s point of view, and I really liked her. She is career-focused, professional and determined to make the new documentary work. All the characters felt very distinct, and while a couple of conversations read a bit forced and only there to move the story along, overall it felt very realistic. I felt that I got to know each character as the story progressed, and could sit down and have a coffee with them. They all have their own histories and demons, and they all make mistakes, too — Lexie is certainly not a perfect protagonist!
I liked the lessons around balancing life and work, and that ultimately, you must do what is right for you and makes you happy — and that you are not responsible for other people’s behaviour once you make your decision. I was glad that this book didn’t fall into typical stereotypes.
Romance novels aren’t my usual fare but I am so glad I made the exception for this. A Springtime to Remember is a great read, with memorable characters, vivid descriptions and an intriguing story.
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The blurb for A Springtime to Remember
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…?
About the author
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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