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THE SUMMER OF FRANCE (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Paulita Kincer

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When Fia Jennings loses her job at the local newspaper, she thinks she’ll have the chance to bond with her teenage twins. As she realizes she may be too late to create the perfect family, she's saved by a phone call from her great Uncle Martin who runs a bed and breakfast in Provence. Uncle Martin wants Fia to venture to France to run the B&B so he and his wife Lucie can travel. He doesn’t tell Fia about the secret he hid in the house when he married Lucie after fighting in World War II, and he doesn’t mention the people who are tapping his phone and following him, hoping to find the secret.
After much cajoling, Fia whisks her family to France and is stunned when Uncle Martin and Aunt Lucie leave the same day for a Greek cruise. She’s thrown into the minutiae of a running the B&B without the benefit of speaking the language. Her dreams of family bonding time fade as her teenagers make French friends. Kasie joins a local swim team, riding off to practice on the back of a scooter each morning, hips tucked next to the 18-year-old French boy who teaches her to smoke brown cigarettes and drink red wine. West accompanies a pouty French teenager around the city, playing his guitar in the town squares to earn spending money. Fia’s husband Grayson begins touring the countryside with a pretty French woman, and Fia resists the distractions of Christophe, a handsome French man. Why the whirlwind of French welcome, Fia wonders after she comes home from a day at the beach in Nice to find someone has ransacked the B&B.
Fia parses Uncle Martin’s obscure phone calls, trying to figure out this WW II hero’s secret. Can she assuage Uncle Martin’s World War II guilt and build the family she’s always dreamed of?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 441 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 228 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1300257334
  • Editeur : Oblique Presse (1 octobre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009KE81FS
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8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Page Turner with a Difference 7 octobre 2012
Par HG - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This is an effortlessly absorbng novel..."ok, but what does that mean?" It means that if you like realistic dialogue spoken by realistic characters, you will be drawn into the story without realizing it. The pace and tone feel like a "summer in France"; the twists and turns of the plot appear and then recede in a very natural way. There is not the sightest hint of frantic action or histrionics by the characters. Intead, the reader is entertained with humor, good-natured sarcasm, and an intriguing past event that casts its shadow over the whole thing...this is why it's effortlessly absorbing.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enchanting 11 octobre 2012
Par Rs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love to read and I especially love to read books I can get lost in. This is one of those books. An absorbing story, great characters and writing that sings to you. I couldn't put it down. I only wish I had discovered it on a summer vacation to read at the beach. Thanks Ms. Kincer for taking me to France for a few days. I needed that.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful 18 novembre 2012
Par Lovetoread - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I started this book on vacation...as I was headed to Europe. I found the story exciting and the descriptions entertaining. I was able to relate to the heroine and enjoyed being with her on her adventure. I look forward to reading more from this wonderful author!
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Technically well executed but very cliche 26 avril 2013
Par Rob Slaven - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As is the usual opening for one of my reviews, I received this book for free. This time it was part of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite the fact that it arrived at my door for the princely sum of nothing at all, I shall give my candid opinions forthwith.

Our protagonist is a life-long Midwesterner who gets the call from an uncle, living in France, to come relieve him of his duties running a bed and breakfast. He invites her for a few months... or a year.... or forever. Dutifully, she uproots her family and moves across the rolling blue ocean of the Atlantic, but not long after her arrival she realizes there's a sinister shadow hanging over her uncle and his dark history during the war.

Kincer's novel is reasonably well written but her characters inspire in the reader some real annoyance. Without giving too much away in my commentary, the protagonist's husband becomes an inspired ass not long after their arrival, her children are singularly self-obsessed and our main character is hopelessly helpless in any attempt to defend herself or her family. The world seems to fall apart around her and she chugs along mindlessly in her rut until it's far too late. This book amounts to reasonably good writing wrapped around an incredibly predictable story.

The real problem here isn't one of execution so much as the exercise of uncountable cliche situations. In many previous reviews I have summarily dispensed with authors because they were unable to execute technically on a chosen theme. In this case, our writer is an effective one. She writes in a very readable and very engaging manner. Unfortunately, she has chosen for her book the plot of at least a dozen movies from the 1950s. Again, I feel obligated not to illuminate in specific as a reviewer for fear of spoilers, but there's just nothing original here. One could draw each of these characters from mid-20th century sitcoms verbatim.

In summary, the author is skilled and executes a good novel. The chosen story, however, is nothing even remotely original. This is a pity but it does give one hope for the future that some innovation will be brought to obvious technical expertise.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 VIVID CHARACTERS & SETTINGS, WITH SUSPENSEFUL MOMENTS 9 avril 2013
Par Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Fia Jennings believes that, after the loss of her job, she will begin to find more bonding time with her teenaged twins. So when her Uncle Martin calls from Provence, asking her to take over his and Aunt Lucie's Bed & Breakfast while they take a vacation, she sees it as a perfect opportunity. Serendipity, even.

But her husband Grayson is adamant about not taking the trip. He is, in fact, stubbornly resistant. In the end, he does accompany Fia and the kids, but from the moment they set foot in the B & B, he is unavailable. Physically and emotionally. Soon he is traipsing off with a woman named Jeanne-Marie, and flaunting it in Fia's face.

Meanwhile, Uncle Martin and Aunt Lucie have departed so quickly that Fia is left wondering what is going on? Why has her uncle taken off without leaving instructions, almost as if he is trying to escape something?

In the weeks ahead, Fia becomes exhausted from overwork and the complete disappearance of her husband and children. She feels like a drudge. So when she goes to the beach one day, accompanied by a handsome Frenchman Christophe, whom she met in the early weeks, she feels relaxed for the first time. But they return to find the B & B has been broken into and tossed. What were the intruders looking for? And why, when her husband returns, does he seem to be searching for something, too?

Discovering the answers will keep Fia focused until she finally stumbles upon Uncle Martin's secret. But then she has to make a plan, take some risks, and decide who, if anyone, she can trust to help her.

The characters were vivid and real: so much so that I had strong feelings of disgust for Grayson, suspicion of many of the other characters, and annoyance with the teens. A strong reminder of real life and people we encounter along the way.

THE SUMMER OF FRANCE was like a mystery novel, a suspense tale, and a romantic departure to lovely settings. The journey takes the reader through France, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Poland. My heart was pounding as I followed Fia's adventurous voyage toward righting the wrongs of a time long ago. Narrated alternately from Uncle Martin's and Fia's perspectives, the story carried us from WWII, and a mistake a young man made, to a woman in the present who is trying to figure out a way to save her family. Captivating and wonderfully engaging, I could not put this book down. Five stars.
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