Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet – Book Review

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet – Book Review

Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Villa of Sun and Secrets

Author – Jennifer Bohnet
Publisher – Boldwood Books
Pages – 334
Released – 8th August 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1838892203
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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It’s never too late to live the dream…

Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the South of France gives Carla the perfect plan.

Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it.

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Carla Sullivan has just buried her mother and upon clearing out her house she discovers a letter addressed to her mother’s sister, Josette. She is not sure what to do with the letter as a big family rift caused the family to fall apart years ago. Back home, she discovers that her husband David is cheating, once again.

On impulse, she decides she has had enough and buys a ticket to the South of France to visit her Aunt Josette. Josette and her mother hadn’t spoken for many years and Carla doesn’t know that much about her or the French side of her extended family but with recent events, she has decided it is time to find out about them and the rift that pulled her extended family apart.

Josette, whilst happy to see her niece would rather keep the past where it is and doesn’t want to get too close to Carla. Some secrets should stay just that, but can Carla get her Aunt to open up to her and sort out her marital issues too?

Villa of Sun and Secrets is an adorable book with the most gorgeous scenery as we not only visit Antibes with Carla but also Monaco and Cote d’Azur.

Both Carla and Josette were tough women who have had their problems in life. Carla is used to relenting to her husband David but this time it’s different, not only with the new woman Lisa but in Carla herself. She somehow feels stronger and more determined to change her life, especially as she is nearing fifty.

Josette has run a rather carefree life. The secrets of the past have made her harden her emotions, like building a brick wall around herself. She has lived an extraordinary carefree life which we get to read in snippets.

The book is simply beautiful and I loved getting to know these two women as well as wanting to stay at Villa Mimosa. As the secrets unravelled I felt for both women, especially Josette, having to relive the past and Carla having to hear it for the first time.

This is a beautiful book full of life and intrigue. It was an easy read and the pages just flew by as I couldn’t put it down. Jennifer Bohnet has created a story in the most stunning of place and that along with the plot make this a must-read novel.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

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Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 10 women’s fiction titles, including Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera and The Little Kiosk By The Sea.

She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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24 Responses

  1. Gemma says:

    Great review and a very summery cover. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

  2. Marcia says:

    Great review! It sounds like a perfect summer read ♥

  3. DJ Sakata says:

    The cover alone suggests a pleasant beach-read – thanx for the review!

  4. Kathy West says:

    Looks like a cute read.

  5. I always love when a book is a quick read. Thanks for the review!

  6. Amazing review Stacey and this book look and sound absolutely fantastic. I’m really glad you fully enjoyed reading it, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  7. Stormi says:

    Great review! This looks like a lovely summer read.

  8. Finitha Jose says:

    Been hearing about it a lot. Glad to see you loved it.

  9. Robin Loves Reading says:

    You just read my type of book. Great review.

  10. Bianca says:

    Great review! I’m putting this on my TBR.

  11. Sounds fabulous. This is just the sort of story I love.

  12. Thank you. I agree the cover is very summery.

  13. Thanks. It really is.

  14. I know. It is really great and perfect for the beach.

  15. Me too, quick reads are great.

  16. Thank you. It was a lot of fun and enjoyable to read.

  17. Thank you. It is very summery.

  18. It is an amazing book and I truly enjoyed it.

  19. Perfect I hope you get to read it too.

  20. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it too.

  21. It really was fabulous. You should definitely read it.

  22. Thank you. Glad you liked it.