When @BloomsburyPub said YES to me #reviewing @CeliaImrie upcoming book over on @NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to download it.
The story was a funny lighthearted tale. I love Celia’s humour, I always have, this book had bits of “Acorn Antiques” in parts.
The Characters were likeable and I loved the scenarios which often went wrong. This book had added recipes too which was a plus for me.It was a great holiday read which made a dull day shine.
I think our British humour may be lost on some though.
I rate this book 4/5
Publication Date 13 December 2016
Witty and enchanting, the second novel from the well-loved actress and author of Not Quite Nice follows the hilarious exploits of retired expats in the South of France.
Somewhere on the French Riviera, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and Cannes’ red carpets, lies the pretty town of Bellevue-Sur-Mer. Sheltered from the glittering melee, it is home to many an expat–including an enterprising team who plan to open a new restaurant.
Snapping up a local property and throwing themselves into preparations, Theresa, Carol, William and Benjamin’s plans are proceeding unnervingly well. But when Theresa encounters a mysterious intruder, she begins to wonder what secrets the building is concealing.
Meanwhile Sally, an actress who gave up the stage to live in quiet anonymity, has decided not to be involved. The famous Cannes Film Festival is on and she is far too busy entertaining unexpected visitors from her past, and an intriguingly handsome Russian.
As the razzmatazz of the festival begins to spill over into Bellevue-Sur-Mer, its inhabitants become entangled in complex love triangles and conflicting business interests. With the race on to get the restaurant open in time, the gang find themselves knee-deep in skulduggery, and realize they can no longer tell who’s nasty . . . and who’s nice.
Celia Imrie, author of Not Quite Nice, is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is best known for her roles inThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,Calendar Girls, and Nanny McPhee. On stage, she won Best Actress in a Musical for Acorn Antiques: The Musical and was nominated for Best Actress in Noises Off. She lives in London.
You can find information about Celia here http://www.celiaimrie.info