The French Retreat – Cover Reveal

I’m really pleased to be able to share with you the cover and blurb for my novella THE FRENCH RETREAT.

The French Retreat is set in Southern Brittany where we have a second family home and so it seemed natural to use our cottage and the location as inspiration. I’ve wanted to write a book set in France for a long time and while I wait for feedback on book 4, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to do so. I’ve really enjoyed writing The French Retreat, so much so, I aim to write a few more novellas set in and around the area.  For now, though, I’ll leave you with the cover and blurb.

The French Retreat is due to be released on 15 October.

The French Retreat

With Christmas on the horizon, losing her job and her home wasn’t on Marcie Grainger’s wish list. In a bid to reassess her life, she heads off to the only place she has ever felt truly content – her brother’s farmhouse retreat in rural France.

Marcie isn’t the only one looking to escape. Ex-soldier Will hopes the gentle pace of French life will help to banish the ghosts of his past and offer him the fresh start he desires.

However, all is not what it seems at The Retreat. Fuelled by a string of strange happenings and local rumours, Will and Marcie are pushed together as they try to discover who or what is behind it all. In so doing, they end up finding a lot more than they bargained for.

The French Retreat is a story of human compassion, hope and love.





French Friday – 2


This month’s French blog post comes from a week we spent in L’Ardeche region of France a few years ago.  The Ardèche is a 125 km long river in south-central France and I had hopes of completing one of my ambitions in life – to white water raft.  Unfortunately, we managed to visit the region in one of the driest summers, when the river was very shallow and very gentle.  I had to be content with paddling and swimming instead.  Still, it was a lovely day and white water rafting remains on my  bucket list.

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Driving around the area, there were lots of points to stop at and admire the beautiful scenery.

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The caves were fascinating to visit. A series of gorges which form a 30k long canyon running from Vallon-Pon-d’Arc to Saint-Martin-d’Ardeche.

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The Ancient Theatre of Orange is one of the best preserved of all the Roman theatres and still hosts many festivals and shows. When we visited, the British Indie rock group, Franz Ferdinand were preparing to play there that night.

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Here’s a little bit of Franz Ferdinand to finish off with (can’t believe this song was as long ago as 2004)


French Friday


I’m a big lover of France and all things French,  I even managed to get myself a French surname. 🙂


I am planning to write a book set partially in France, so I have begun to gather bits and pieces together to inspire and inform me.  I thought I would share some of my French research each month.

Serent is a lovely rural town in Southern Brittany. This will be the location for the part of my book which is set in the early 40’s during the German occupation.

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Serent, Morbihan

Our holiday cottage is approximately 2 miles from Serent and we have spent many a happy holiday there.  It is still very much a rural and farming area. The cottage is over 150 years old and would probably have belonged to a local farm worker.  Originally, there would have been an earth floor so livestock could be brought in at night for shelter. The iron rings used for tethering the animals to are still embedded in the interior wall of the cottage. I’m pleased to report that a travertine stone floor now replaces the earth one and there is not a goat in sight! I am using the cottage in my book but may employ my artistic licence and change it slightly – I need an attic which the real one doesn’t have.

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This rustic red is very typical of the area

A le mois prochain!