Au revoir old life, Bonjour Brittany! Parisian prima ballerina Suzette knows it’s time to hang up her pointe shoes before her next injury ruins her ankles for good. But dancing is all she’s ever known and she’s terrified of who she’ll be after that final curtain falls. Meanwhile, lonely Londoner Libby is pouring her life savings into buying an auberge that she and her late husband had loved visiting on holiday. It’s a huge risk that could leave her broke…as well as broken-hearted. And then there’s Brigitte who’s retired to the village for a slower pace of life, but who dreads seeing someone else run her beloved auberge. Three fresh starts…one unforgettable summer!
Bubby: In A French Pirouette, English widow Libby decides to buy the bed and breakfast in Brittany that she and her late husband had frequented, against the advice of her family but with the full support of her college aged daughter. Every so often I dream of chucking it all in and abandoning life as I currently know it to run away and open a bed and breakfast in some remote location of the world too. Actually, in my dreams I’m usually just staying indefinitely at someone else’s bed and breakfast, to be completely truthful. As much as I love to cook for people and enjoy having company at my house, I think I’d be an incredibly bad host after the first week!
Sissy: I’m definitely in on the staying at a bed and breakfast in the French countryside plan. I envision something like the picture below.
Libby did find out that it was a lot more work than she thought it would be but the rewards were worth it. Not only did she find wonderful friends but there’s also the matter of handsome veterinarian Lucas. I absolutely loved A French Pirouette. It was so delightful and I hated for it to end. Our ballerina character Evie, AKA Suzette, was so very likeable, and how things end up for her will make you feel so happy and fuzzy! The third main character is Brigitte, the former owner of Libby’s auberge. I truly felt like I was there in Brittany experiencing the unfolding of Jennifer Bohnet’s lovely tale.
Bubby: I want to go to Brittany just for the food! Cakes covered in chocolate ganache, deep-fried courgette blossoms (that’s zucchini flowers for us Americans), a crêpe stand on every corner. There are even some excellent recipes in the back of the novel, including the aforementioned courgette blossoms. At times in my life when there is no possible way that I’ll be going anywhere fun and romantic anytime soon, it’s so lovely to have a beautifully descriptive setting to escape into. Why grouse about the mud and cold and wind that’s going on at my house when I can curl up in my big fluffy chair and in seconds be wending my way down a cobblestone path in some picturesque Breton village – like this one:
Sissy: Oh please, let me go and meet Libby and Suzette and Brigitte in the village boulangerie and have a Pain Au Chocolat! Does that not sound like heaven?
Sissy: A French Pirouette by Jennifer Bohnet is the kind of novel that is comfortable and enfolds you much like the writing of Maeve Binchy or Trisha Ashley – myriad characters with their fascinating personalities liven up the storyline. It’s not action-packed or anxiety-inducing and you know nothing horrible is going to happen and therefore you can lose yourself in the story and completely relax and enjoy the delectable journey. My favorite kind of read.
Bubby: Exactly, Sissy. An exotic location, a great plot with just enough surprises to keep it interesting, a little romance and family drama, three self-empowered women who go out and create the life they want and of course, the happy ending.
Sissy: Et Voila! Take yourself on a wonderful journey and read A French Pirouette by Jennifer Bohnet.
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