A Springtime to Remember
Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.
When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.
In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
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Ah, the Palace of Versailles …. what a backdrop to a story. As a fan of the recent TV series, how could I miss this one! The author knows her stuff – this was a veritable tour guide within a story of of secrets, misunderstandings, family history and future endeavours (by which I mean romance, of course!) With beautiful descriptions, charming characters, and ·D detail, Lucy Coleman brings this gorgeous part of France to life, not just the palace but the people who work thee, the locals who live there and the gardeners whose past is intricately linked to the flowerbeds and topiaries. No wonder, Lexie, the MC, is so enamoured of the place. Clearly, her grandmother’s story is a huge reason for bringing her to Versailles, but once there, the location begins to weave its magic on Lexie’s own life.
The story is multilayered, with secrets from the past coming to the fore, and impacting new lives. A slow-burning romance develops between Lexie and her translator, Ronan as they tackle the job of making the documentary and uncovering the secrets of the past, not realising how their two families were connected already. This is the kind of story where it takes a whole village to tell the tale, from Lexie’s neighbour in the row of gorgeous cottages, to the owners of the flat where her grandmother lived, over the flowershop. Not forgetting the interviewees, some more reluctant to talk than others (well, one in particular) whose connections to the Palace help to flesh out Lexie’s dream project.
You can tell this was a labour of love for Lexie, her enthusiasm is unerring, as is her determination to get the documentary finished when events beyond her control throw a curve ball in its direction.
This is a heart-warming story, so easy to get engrossed in, with drama and red herrings, misunderstandings and even a touch of bitterness. Yet the tale comes together with aplomb. You’d expect nothing less than perfection from such a grand and elegant venue, and you won’t be disappointed.
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