Title: You Had Me at Bonjour
Author: Jennifer Bohnet
Genre: Romance, chick-lit, women’s, contemporary, YA/adult fiction
Publisher: Carina UK
Pages: 134 pages
Publication Date: 25th August 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Hi there friends,
I’ve just finished reading the lovely short story, You Had Me at Bonjour. It was a great, short chick-lit book and I really enjoyed reading it. Here are my thoughts about the book…
I received a free copy of this book by the book’s publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jessica was a happily married mother who was quite content with her cozy life until her husband Ben went and ruined everything. He’s now shacked up with Samantha, who is conveniently also pregnant and has completely flipped Jessica’s life upside down. Deciding that if Ben can move on so easily, so can she, she’s off to France on a ‘Shirley Valentine’ year. The people she meets, her daughter and new friends are sure to keep her new life on track and who knows, life in France might even lead to some fun surprises along the way.
This was a lovely short chick-lit which is written in the format of an angst filled blog. The diary was a great format for Bohnet to use as it showed the passage of time well and shows how she develops over the twelve month time period. It also emphasises the difficulties of the divorce and it’s impact on both Jessica and her twenty year old daughter, Katie. Katie takes out her feelings on her mother, despite it being her father who has caused the divorce. I really empathised with Jessica, especially at some points where her relationship with Katie is anything but perfect. The same can be said of her relationship with her best friend at times too…
The friends that Jessica makes such as Eloise who is living is the same block as her is a brilliant character. Though she is flawed, she helps provide Jessica with motivation, courage and confidence to regain control of her life. She also introduces here to members of her family, her friends and even someone who might end up being a bit more special.
It’s a lovely, sweet book which though can at times be predictable, is a fun quick read to pass the time. I’d happily read more books written by this author!
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