Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman.
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…?
A Springtime to Remember is not my first Lucy Coleman novel…I was lucky enough to read Magic Under The Mistletoe back at Christmas which I loved, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this!
Lexie Winters is a TV presenter with aspirations to become a TV producer, and a successful one. As part of her climb up the career ladder, she decides to take the risky path of creating her own TV series exploring the Palace of Versailles and its gardens. She has a very personal attachment to France and the Palace of Versailles, as her grandmother spent a year there in her youth, something she never discussed upon her return. Following her death, Lexie is keen to find out about the year that shaped her grandmothers future.
Ronan O’Byrne is an interpreter brought in to assist Lexie with her interviews for her TV project. In the background he has a project of his own, researching for his third book about the gardens of Versailles during different periods in history. He also has a very personal interest in the history of the Palace of Versailles, a place where his grandfather worked and lived for a period in his younger years.
This novel is all about the setting. I have not yet been fortunate enough to visit the Palace of Versailles, but Lucy Coleman’s descriptions were vivid – I really felt like I was right there with Lexie as she walked through the halls and the gardens, taking in her surroundings steeped in history. The French setting is exquisite – Lucy captures it all beautifully and I loved it.
Lexie and Ronan’s burgeoning relationship works perfectly within the setting. Getting to know each other whilst they each seek answers to their own family histories – they really compliment each other whilst they grapple with their own personal discoveries, providing love and support when it is most needed.
This is a story of family, it is a story of love and it is the story of the exploration of personal history. Its a beautiful story, in a beautiful setting and I am very happy to recommend it to you all!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Lucy Coleman and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this fabulous blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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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