Villa of Sun and Secrets
Author: Jennifer Bohnet
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
336 pages | 9 hrs and 32 mins
Published August 8, 2019 by Boldwood Books
It’s never too late to live the dream…
Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the South of France gives Carla the perfect plan.
Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it.
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A heart-warming tale on the beautiful French Riviera, which will keep you guessing.
I had the pleasure of listening to Villa of Sun and Secrets and I’m a huge audiobook fan but I find it has to be the perfect combo of a good interesting read, great characters and of course; a great narrator to hold my attention in audio vs paper format. This book has it all! I was immediately drawn in thanks to the setting, this year I’ve used books to escape my backyard and ease the pain of not travelling and Jennifer Bohnet definitely paints a dreamy landscape with this book.
I also loved the characters, especially Carla our main character who is portrayed in such a fun and interesting way. I love that she is driving her character finally putting herself first and truly set off on a journey of self discovery. Carla hits the reset button with the mindset that she is 50 not 90 and she could be alone, she could restart. A surprising part to this journey is all of the family secrets she unfolds and the characters she encounters along the way to compliment the story.
After the initial story got rolling I found in the first part of the book that the plot was leading to a predictable outcome and I felt like I was waiting for Jennifer to discover the one main secret and the story would be over. Boy was I wrong. The next part of the book is a lot about developing all of the characters in the story and I was genuinely invested in them and needed to know how things worked out. The final part of our book I couldn’t listen to quick enough, hearing everything unfold with all of the layers peeling off to reveal the family secrets and expose how each of the characters is intertwined.
I couldn’t think of a more fitting title for this book and I recommend it to anyone looking for an incredible setting, great characters and tons of family drama.
Meet the Author:
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.