Book Review: Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Summer in Provence

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a backpacker so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.




Please can I move to Provence and begin a life of relaxation at The Haven? This book is so idyllic and perfect to just submerge into during all the chaos going on in the world at the moment. I couldn’t have picked up a more perfect book to read at this time.

Fern and Aiden have won the lottery but that doesn’t mean that life is perfect. It’s anything but for Fern when husband Aiden asks to spend a year apart travelling and discovering themselves. Fern is anything but overjoyed at this new revelation but sets her sights on painting in Provence, when really it’s the last thing she wants to do. She is used to spending her life worrying about all of her family and trying to be the glue fixing everyone’s problems with no regard for her own.

When Fern agrees to allow Aiden to have a year away from their normal lives, she couldn’t have anticipated how different their lives would become. Aiden decides to travel and volunteer for charities whereas Fern volunteers at a retreat. From the moment her car pulls up to the chateau, you know that this story is going to be fantastic.

Lucy Coleman is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Her romance books are second to none with stunning scenery, loveable characters and gripping plots. She seems to have a way of making you feel as though you’ve been transported into her book and you’re right there experiencing it all with the characters.

A wonderfully tranquil story that deserves nothing less than five stars.

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Author Bio –

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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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

  1. Thank you so much, Anna, for your wonderful review and for taking the time to read and review. It’s such a tough and worrying time, and it touches my heart to know that you were able to escape for a short while. Stay safe, lovely!


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