by Andrea Dunlop
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Release date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Genre: Chick-lit, Women's Fiction
When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor.
As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl façade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings—and each other.
But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home.
Entertaining with a slow burn.
Most of this story is a look into the study abroad experience for two students in a small town in France. The daily living and bonding of two young American women in France (mostly Nantes and Paris) are described in lengthy flashback scenes. I would love to taste the hot fresh sandwich au jambon mentioned.
The character growth was also slow-going as it takes awhile for the protagonist to come to terms with her issues of the past and present.
Friendship, love, holiday romance and betrayal play parts throughout with an ending that made me wonder (in a good way).
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