Title: The French for Christmas
Author: Fiona Valpy
Genre: Christmas, culture, food, romance, YA/adult fiction
Pages: 155 pages
Publication Date: 3rd October 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Hi there friends,
I know it’s a bit early, but I’m reading Christmas books in September because that’s just how I roll.
I received a free ebook version of this book by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Evie and Christmas just don’t get along. In fact for her, it’s the least happy and festive time of the year. That’s because tragedy struck Evie, and her life hasn’t been the same since. Her passion for food has suffered as a result and her friends, seeing Evie’s downward spiral into the depths of her depression come up with a drastic solution. They’re sending her to France, in the middle of nowhere for Christmas to come to terms with all that life has thrown her way. But sometimes Christmas isn’t meant to be a sad affair. In fact this one will be anything but…
This was a lovely, cozy read which would be perfect for reading during those cold winter months. It was also a great read in September, but there is no doubt that I’ll be reading this book again later in the year. In fact reading it now made me really excited for Christmas.
Evie’s love for food is highlighted at every turn. There’s lots of description of the food Evie sees on her journey, the recipes which have been given to her by her French side of the family as well as her own Christmas dinner recipes. By the end of this book I was positively ravenous. Some of the French food in this sounded absolutely delicious!
The characters in this were lovely and really added to the French Christmas magic. I loved the little robin who’s a just as important character as the humans! Robins at Christmas time truly do spread Christmas joy.
Valpy tackles some immense difficult and rarely discussed topics, the most important of which is a key theme in the book. I won’t spoil what exactly it is, but It’s an extremely emotional topic and a difficult one to approach but Valpy handled it well and sympathetically.
Christmas magic is there each year, spreading good cheer. For after all, no matter where in the world we are, we never know what the magic of Christmas can achieve…
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