Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Approximate word count: 65-70,000 words
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Swedish born, Susanne O’Leary is the author of at least fifteen novels in a variety of genres. After living around the world as the wife of an Irish diplomat, she now writes full time from their home in Ireland.
For more, visit O’Leary’s website.
“The pristine blue waters and sun drenched shores of the French Riviera provide a stunning backdrop to the story of two women, Chantal and Flora, both struggling with the heartache of a lost love.
Chantal Gardinier runs her real estate agency in Antibes with an iron fist. A tough businesswoman on the surface, Chantal is hiding a tragic home life and a secret love affair. When faced with a moral dilemma, she is unsure which path to choose.
Flora McKenna arrives in town with high hopes of finding happiness. When she immediately lands a great job, she decides that this exotic paradise might be just the place to help her heart heal. Selling houses to expats looking for a dream home in the sun would be the ideal existence if it weren't for her demanding boss, Chantal—a woman with no scruples when it comes to bending the rules.
But Chantal’s personal life catches up with her, and she is forced to ask Flora to run the agency.
While trying to cope with French property laws and red tape, Flora is thrown into a love affair that threatens to break her heart.”
The main character, Flora McKenna, flees her native Ireland after a break up and finds herself unemployed. As a long time Francophile, what better place to start a new life than the French Riviera, right? What Flora experiences is a rollercoaster ride of ups (she aces the final interview of the job she was aiming for) and downs (her new position may require ethical compromises she’s loathe to make). On the romantic front, Flora has multiple potential beaus, but the front runner who at first blush seems ideal, has baggage that may be more than she can handle. An entertaining read set against an exotic backdrop.
A small amount of adult language.
A small number of typos and copyediting misses.
Rating: **** Four Stars