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A Wedding in Provence: From the #1 bestselling author of uplifting feel-good fiction

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We get to meet Alexandra's friend David, who comes to help her tutor the children, and he also happens to be homosexual, something frowned upon in England during the setting of this story. Katie Fforde paints an accurate portrayal of 1960s privileged, upper-class society where pearls, champagne and cookery courses mask a lack of emotional intimacy within families and the acceptance of sexual aggression towards women. Cookery school-trained, with ‘colloquial and rustic’ French, Alexandra is to take charge of le Comte’s – Antoine’s – three children in a chateau in Provence for a month. Catherine Rose Gordon-Cumming was born 27 September 1952 in England, UK, the daughter of Shirley Barbara Laub and Michael Willoughby Gordon-Cumming. She's offered the job but it's not quite what she expected, it's for the position of a nanny and it's not in Paris, it's in Provence!

Alexandra is on her way to live with her starchy relations and decides to stop off in Paris for a couple of days sightseeing. She is delighted to have been chosen as Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association and says, "Catherine Jones was a wonderful chair and she's a very tough act to follow. Good to read when in need of relaxation and a chance to escape to France in the 60s for fun and romance.En-route from England to a finishing school in Switzerland, she stops off in Paris for a few days and finds herself accepting a job as a Nanny.

Telling the story of Alexandra who takes on a nannying job as a change of career, in a French chateau. Although it features several characters from her previous book, it won’t matter if you have not read it. But with Antoine to gaze at, with his gorgeous eyes and heart warming smile, and her can-do just get on with it attitude, we don’t really have anything to worry about as she’s sure to come out triumphant. The Chateau where they live is almost a character in itself and definitely feels like a real place that I can imagine visiting and the surrounding area of Provence is also well detailed.I had to give it three stars as I didn't feel the plot was entirely original, a Chateau instead of a castle, a gay friend and fellow employee, dressing the house and having a traditional Christmas and skating on the lake and even relations concerned that they should inherit. She gets to hear about a job and decides that this would be the perfect opportunity to putting her cooking skills to good use and getting to stay in Paris a bit longer.

When she goes for the interview she has to lie about her age as it is for a nanny position to three children and she is only 20! I can’t believe that this is the first book by Katie Fforde that I’ve read as it definitely won’t be the last!It is an enjoyable story and the kittens almost make it worth reading by themselves but to me, it all seemed a bit predictable with too many stereotypes.

I can’t fault anything in this book, I can only fault Katie herself… for not writing more than one book a year! I believe falling in love is the best thing in the world, and I want all my characters to experience it, and my readers to share their stories. The children's father - a count and very handsome often works away and Alexandra is left to cope with this alone.Although there were many aspects of this story I enjoyed, and it was certainly romantic, I felt it was perhaps suited to younger readers than myself. Think Sound of Music, Cold Comfort Farm and the joie de vivre of early Jilly Cooper, but all uniquely and irresistibly Katie Fforde. A Wedding in Provence follows Alexandra, a young woman who is desperately trying to avoid the life expected of her by her relations. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

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