A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long - Bookmark in Spalding's Book of the Week
This is an hilarious and feel-good novel about escaping the rat race, friendship and new beginnings.
When Nicola’s husband, Dominic, retires, they decide not to spend their days finding hobbies to fill the time until Countdown is on.
Instead, they fulfil their life-long fantasy of buying a country house and filling it with their dearest friends, reliving their youth and spending their children’s inheritance.
Joined by seven of their friends, they club together to invest in a chateau in Normandy. Group dinners, fine wine, beautiful scenery - they’re living the dream!
But la vie en rose is harder than it first appears. Is there a reason why only teenagers take gap years?
Sarah Long is also the author of ‘And What Do You Do?’ and ‘The Next Best Thing.’
She was raised in Essex, educated at Oxford and worked in publishing before moving to Paris with her husband and young children.
Following several years in Paris she moved to London where she and her family now live.
Her other books include ‘Le Dossier of Hortense de Monplaisir’ (or How to Survive the English), a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek read on how to understand the ways of the British as seen from a Parisian!
There's a voucher for 20% off A Year in the Chateau by Sarah Long (RRP £8.99) in this week's Spalding Guardian. It's redeemable at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding (until August 26, 2020)