Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Springtime To Remember, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
A Springtime To Remember has its roots in the past. Ambitious TV presenter Lexie Winters really wants to be a producer and she might just have the resources to make it happen. She’s teamed up with cameraman Elliot Neilson to make a mini series of documentaries filmed at Versailles, about the gardens and how they have evolved over the years. Her grandmother worked there in 1961 and her enthusiasm instilled in Lexie her love of gardening. Lexie also sees this as an opportunity to find out more about her grandmother’s time in France as she was always reluctant to speak about it, making Lexie wonder why.
Her interpreter for the project is Ronan O’Byrne who has lived in France for a while and been involved in several projects centred around the palace of Versailles. Reading through her grandmother’s diaries brings the past to life for Lexie as she learns about the Versailles of the early 1960s, uncovering secrets and a tragedy that affects someone Lexie had grown very close to. And while all this is going on Lexie also has family relationship issues to deal with.
A Springtime To Remember is a charming read, with many descriptive passages about the palace and gardens. While it’s good to have a sense of place, and that definitely comes across, I sometimes felt the detailed descriptions interrupted the flow of the story. That said, it’s very well written with well defined, realistic characters you can empathise with. Lexie and Ronan both have issues from the past to resolve before they can move on. I enjoyed the fact this was much more than just a romance—Ronan and Lexie’s family dramas are running through the narrative, plus the intrigue and mystery of the research aspect, all blended together and adding extra layers to the story. It was a lovely escape to French sunshine and beautiful gardens.
About the Book
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…?
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