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About the Author
I live in Wiltshire with my husband but love to travel and have lived in four continents. From playing amidst Roman ruins in Africa as a child to riding a Sultan's racehorse in the Middle East as a teen, I’ve many experiences to draw on for the stories I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. When I’m not writing you'll find me listening to audiobooks while I sew or design handbags, usually with a rescue terrier or two curled up on my feet!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Favorite Quotes: Pete will laugh when I tell him about this. He’s never been one for the jealous boyfriend act. Which is good, sort of, but maybe a little bit unflattering. He usually makes a joke out of it, asking whether the other man had a white stick or a guide dog. She’s certainly the smallest dog I’ve ever seen, but with a personality so huge I don’t know where she can possibly be keeping it all. Not only does close proximity to him does funny things to my body chemistry, but it seemingly reduces my IQ at the same time. He seems anxious, not so much worried about treading on eggshells as stepping into a man-trap with iron teeth. My Review: I enjoyed this refreshingly sweet and amusing tale; it was just what I needed for a genre cleanse after reading heavier fare. It was a light and humorous read with some heart-squeezing moments and a few bursts of romantic sizzle. I adored the character of Poppy, an illustrator of children’s books, a daydreamer, and rescuer of abused and abandoned animals and people. I frequently smiled at the levity provided by the descriptions and hijinx of Poppy’s tiny canine companions as well as the antics of the nearby assortment of football playing “delinquent donkeys” and demonic goats. The storylines were easy to follow, engaging, entertaining, and lively, while the characters were endearing and alluring, with the exception of the cranky Madame Gilbert and Pete the Prick. Poppy had been devastated to be dumped by text but she came out the better for it with an upgrade to a tall, dark, and handsome Frenchman. I picked up a few additions to my Brit Vocabulary list with “being bolshie” (being deliberately combative or uncooperative) and “calling bagsy,” which would be what we Americans do when calling dibs.
4.5 STARS What an enjoyable escape Poppy’s Place in the Sun was for me! I knew when I read the synopsis, I was going to love the book! Poppy has decided to move from England to a quiet, rural village in the south of France. She has bought her new home and is quite looking forward to her boyfriend, Pete, joining her. Imagine her shock and surprise when he breaks it off with her...and not even in person. I was pretty shocked myself! I couldn’t help wanting to flog him myself on her behalf. However, she refuses to give up her dream of moving, so she forges ahead! Many people consider Poppy a daydreamer, and she is. But, she is also determined and strong, doing what it takes to reach those dreams. She has bought a home that has no working kitchen, and the plumbing and electricity needs updating. Poppy certainly won’t let that stop her! The girl has some determination!!!! Poppy is welcomed by the people in the village, and she seems to be thriving. Only one person isn’t so happy she has come to town, local vet, Leo. He loves her three dogs, but he appears to not be overly fond of her. The more time he spends with her, he begins to show her a whole other side to him. But, then who couldn’t resist Poppy’s sunny demeanor and charm? He has his reasons for not trusting her, and I kept hoping he would let his defenses down, giving her a chance and himself a chance for a HEA. I really loved everything about the book...the storyline, the characters, the romance, and of course, the beautiful south of France. I want to go there now! It was the theme of the book that resonated with me the most. It’s about casting your fears aside and daring to grasp your dreams and make them a reality. This was perfectly illustrated through Leo and Poppy. When you add in how well-written the book was with inspiring quotes with each chapter and some precious pups, and you have yourself one gem of a book!!!!
Poppy Kirkbride is finally following her dream (with a little help from her recently deceased gran) and has purchased a home in a rural village in the South of France. The home is in need of some renovations which she had hoped to complete with her boyfriend Pete. Unfortunately, Pete dumps her by text just moments after she signs on the dotted line taking ownership of the property. Now children’s book illustrator Poppy is determined to make a new life for herself alone in France, apart from her three dogs Treacle, Pickwick, and Peanut too. Even going against her parent’s wishes. She is happy in the village and everyone is kind and helpful, well nearly everyone. There is the matter of the local vet Leo who seems to of taken a disliking to her. What is his problem? Poppy’s Place in the Sun is a fun, gorgeous, summery read that takes you and all your senses to a lovely little area in France. The sights, the sounds, the smells and even the tastes all come through so perfectly. If we weren’t having such gorgeous weather in the UK at the moment I’d be wishing I was there. The book is filled with delightful characters that all have their own stories to tell. Poppy is one determined young woman. She has followed the advice given to her by her Gran to follow her dreams and decided that her job illustrating children’s books can be done anywhere in the world and where better than somewhere the sun shines brightly for most of the year. As well as the human characters we have her perfect four-legged friends who definitely stole the show – well them and the donkeys!! This is just a lovely, quick, easy read that hooks you in and holds you within the pages until the very end. It is most certainly a book to read if you need a pick-me-up as it is so uplifting and heart-warming.