Release date: September 29, 2015
at Open Road Media
In the aftermath of World War I, a family estate hangs in the balance.
For generations, the Barthélemy family tended to the olive trees of Restanques, a sprawling property in Cotignac whose olive oil and almonds were as incredible as the countryside that produced them. But all that changed when war came to France. Robert Barthélemy never returned from the trenches, and without him, the farm is beginning to die. His widow has lost the will to live, and only the fierce efforts of their daughter, Jeanne, have kept the creditors at bay.
Jeanne is spending an afternoon at home with the family’s grim financial statements when a handsome stranger appears on the front steps. His name is Jérôme Guillaumin and he is a brilliant botanist about to embark on a journey around the globe. From the moment they meet, Jeanne is struck by feelings she never thought possible: feelings that could save her life or destroy everything she has ever known.
A young woman attempting to piece her family together post WWI while simultaneously discovering love. A moving story of hope and determination while sacrificing your immediate gratification.
I couldn’t help but admire Jeanne. Really she’s the only member of the family possessing the love for the estate willing to enter blindly to save both property and family from ruin. Her independence, smarts, drive and desire forced her to resort to creativity along with exercising all avenues to sustain her family. She also dips her toes into the pool of love as she tastes its bitterness before she savors its sweetness. Her selflessness was inspiring.
The other characters stumble and fall to love equally, finally everyone finds a measure and understanding of the intricate machinations of true love.
Marny always manages to exploit her characters emotional strength, fragility and vulnerability yet they manage to overcome victoriously. Her lush descriptions of France be it untouched countryside or the bustling city captivates the reader without hesitation. I find her romances contain the perfect blend of mischance and serendipity, always a pleasure to read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dominique Marny was raised in a family that loved art, literature, adventure, and travel. In addition to being a novelist, she is a playwright and screenwriter, and writes for various magazines.
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