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Books set in France

Sarah 01 January 2018

If you're after a luxury holiday in France, you've come to the right place. Not only are we providing
you with beautiful properties such as the Saint Remy Villa and the Mountain Chalet, but we're also
going to offer you book recommendations that will truly immerse you in the French experience.
There's something for everyone as we've offered suggestions based on fact and those based on the
imaginations of their authors.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Loire Valley

Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle
lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and
their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds
herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.

As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in
unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and
responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in
each of their actions.

The Discovery of France by Graham Robb

The Discovery of France is a literary exploration of a country few will recognise; from maps and
migration to magic, language and landscape, it's a book that reveals the ‘real' past of France to tell
the whole story – and history – of this remarkable nation.
The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

With stunning locations and page-turning tension, The Paris Secret is an intense and gripping tale.
Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of
priceless artworks hidden away for decades. It's Flora's job to trace the history of each painting, and
discover who has concealed them for so long…

The Rest of Their Lives by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

It's difficult to find love in a profession like Ambroise's – even his father despises what he does . . .
And while Manelle, a home-help for the elderly in the same small French town, adores her days
spent with her eccentric clients, she too often ends her evenings alone.

So when an unusual request from Manelle's favourite client – eighty-two- year-old retired chef-
gourmand Samuel – brings the two of them together for an unlikely road-trip to Switzerland, along
with Ambroise's cake-loving grandmother, it might just be time for the rest of their lives to begin...

Dunkirk by Julian Thompson

Dunkirk

Now the subject of a major motion picture, Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory sees Major General Julian
Thompson recreates the action as the British fought hard for three desperate weeks, conducting a
successful fighting withdrawal in the face of a formidable foe. He describes the individual acts of
bravery and sacrifice and analyses the decisions of the commanders who made the choice to
evacuate. He also takes us to Dunkirk harbour and onto the beaches, where the British army was
trapped and under attack, while the Royal Navy and the 'little ships' raced against time to rescue
them.

We'll Always Have Paris by Emma Beddington

As a bored, moody teenager, Emma Beddington came across a copy of French ELLE in the library of
her austere Yorkshire school. As she turned the pages, full of philosophy, sex and lipstick, she
realized that her life had one purpose and one purpose only: she needed to be French.

So she sets about becoming French: she did a French exchange, albeit in Casablanca; she studied
French history at university, and spent the holidays in France with her French boyfriend. Eventually,
after a family tragedy, she found herself living in Paris, with the same French boyfriend and two half-
French children. Her dream had come true, but how would reality match up? Gradually Emma
realized that she might have found Paris, but what she really needed to find was home.

The Apartment by S. L. Grey

Mark and Steph are struggling to move on with their lives after armed robbers broke into their home
and brutalized them. Shaken, they decide to get away and leave their troubles behind. A house swap
in Paris with a couple they meet online, the Petits, seems to provide the perfect escape. But upon
arriving for a week's luxurious break, they find themselves in a festering, run-down apartment. And
when Steph attempts to contact the Petits, she gets no answer.

Mark and Steph try to make the most of the trip, but they are unable to relax. After a series of
increasingly unsettling events, they decide to return home. Yet when they arrive, neither of them
can shake the feeling that there's now something sinister about their own house. As time passes,
Mark is terrorized by a series of unsettling visions. But is it all in his imagination or is there a far more
worrying explanation...?

All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo

Paris

When journalist 'MS' interviews the mysterious 'XX' for a job at her Paris magazine, she hires him
straight away – because he's gorgeous.

As one date leads to another, her obsession spirals. MS finds herself writing letters to Facebook (to
see if XX can tell how many times she views his page), to her phone company (can they delete
messages she regrets sending?) and to XX's favourite author (who is dead), whilst the object of her
affection remains aloof, a moodily seductive Vespa-riding urbanite.

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