French Restoration

Sara Claridge
French Restoration
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Sara Claridge
Release Date
December 2015
Book 2 of French Romance
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Recovering a memory breaks more than a heart.

Chantal Chevalier is determined to win the interior design contract for Chateau Vauquelin, if only to stop wealthy hotelier Alex Kirkwood from destroying its magical splendour and turning the rundown chateau into a bland playground for the rich and famous.

The last thing Alessandro Kirkwood needs is the distraction of a contractor who is more likely to run off to the Azores, than to finish the job. Son and heir to the Kirkwood Hotel Group, all eyes are on him—to either sink or swim.

But he can't resist the vivacious French designer, or her ideas.

When strange incidents at the chateau bring back memories Chantal has repressed since she was a child Alessandro is compelled to discover the truth behind her nightmares.

Until he uncovers a secret neither one of them wants to reveal.

This romantic suspense novel can be read as a standalone book.

Book Review by Shakera (reviewer)
Jun 20, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
170 people found the following review helpful
This is a charming short story about finding love while trying to navigate your future as you are piecing together and understanding your past.

Chantal is trying to move on from a frightful nightmare of her past and just as she is starting to, she takes a new job doing interior decorating for Alex Kirkwood. It's what she loves and what she is passionate about. The chemistry between the two is wonderful and full of tender moments, but also full of realness and at times confusion. Their relationship is true to life in the sense of seeing them go from co-workers to friends to lovers, but the confusion lies in her trying to remember her past so that she can see what lies ahead in her future.

It is wonderfully written, however if you don't speak French you should want to have either a dictionary or the internet handy. The dialogue gives you some context as to what Chantal is saying even though it's in French, but couldn't hurt to have one of those nearby. While there is romance, there is also suspense. Someone has set out to sabotage Chantal's work and Chantal herself in the process. While it wasn't hard to figure out who it was, you were still invested and engaged in the story to see how it would play out. Well done!
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