By the Murphys' art deco Villa America was remodeled and they were living in it and more and more people started arriving. Like the Murphys, the fictional Divers convince a hotel owner to stay open after April, create a fabulously fashionable villa, and embark upon a glittering, seemingly endless international party. The idyll begins to dissolve when Nicole checks into a Geneva clinic run by her husband. There were parallels in the lives of the Fitzgeralds and the Murphys, who were back in the US by the s, caught in a downward spiral.
Zelda was institutionalised. Gerald gave up his promising art career to take over the family business. The mixture of high society and nouveau riche, nobility and arriviste, in Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo in the s was a fitting backdrop for Edith Wharton, who set a pivotal section in The House of Mirth there. Their social games and betrayals were set awhirl amidst the casinos and luxury restaurants.
The purpling waters drew a sharp white line of foam at the base of the shore; against its irregular eminences, hotels and villas flashed from the greyish verdure of olive and eucalyptus; and the background of bare and finely-pencilled mountains quivered in a pale intensity of light. The showdown between Lily and Bertha comes after an elaborate dinner party at a Monte Carlo restaurant hosted by wealthy Americans for a Duchess whose favour they seek. Among the guests is a society columnist who has spread gossip about Lily and George.
At the end of the evening, Bertha orders Lily not to return to the yacht. But he wrote mostly of other locales. His autobiographical narrator follows six characters, including Elliott, a nouveau riche snob who settles in Antibes and entertains with magnificence. And what of the region today? The once exclusive Riviera is now home to several million people and draws more than 11 million visitors each year. It still provides a picturesque backdrop for the annual Cannes Film Festival. Culture Menu. Share on Facebook.
Share on Twitter. Share on Reddit. I'd like a bit more depth to the relationships between the sisters as clearly there is something that could of been expanded on - but as this wasn't the main theme of the book I see why it was left. My only other bug bear , and this is a very personal one I gave three stars just because of the lack of exploration between the family other than that recommend for a easy good beach book. Aug 25, Katherine Sunderland rated it liked it.
Gentle, comfortably predictable, undemanding, brimming with romance, comedy and a happy ever after ending -this book basically delivers exactly what it promises!
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It is a light hearted, playful summer holiday read that would fit nicely next to your chilled glass of wine as you recline in your sun lounger and take a break from a few lazy laps in the pool! And if you can't get to the Riviera yourself this summer, let Wake transport you there! The location of this novel sets a perfect atmosphere for Gentle, comfortably predictable, undemanding, brimming with romance, comedy and a happy ever after ending -this book basically delivers exactly what it promises!
The backdrop of the celebrity lifestyle of parties, posh restaurants and private beaches is obviously appealing to any day-dreaming reader.
The contrast between protagonist Carrie's home life with Alan and the luxurious life of Richard is clearly going to engage readers - it's a bit like finding yourself on the film set of "Pretty Woman", and who doesn't hope to be served endless champagne while outfits for a cocktail party are flown in by a PA especially! Carrie's opportunity to remind herself of the person she was and consider the person she wants to become is attractive to all of us as we inevitably take stock of our own lives, away from the monotony from our usual routine.
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There is plenty of humour surrounding Carrie's niece Jade as she can't help but WhatsApp her friends and the dialogue is suitably wry, sarcastic and witty throughout the novel, reflective of their relationship. Carrie's sister, Angela, is more restrained and conservative - again, showing the contrasts within the novel as Wake explores siblings, motherhood, love, responsibility and choice.
Wake writes well. Even the more cliched lines like when Carrie first sees Richard and reels at his "perfectly chiselled jawline, which she used to tease he'd borrowed from Action Man" don't feel overly saccharine. Wake's prose washes over you like the lull of lapping waves; light, calming and pleasantly relaxing. Carrie has two weeks to see if Richard can win her back.
Does she want to join him and be part of his celebrity lifestyle? Be spontaneous? Remember who she was and the ambitions she had for herself as a young actress? Or does the fact that she knows these two weeks are merely an escape for them both to be other people for a while - who doesn't want to escape their real life for a while? And what of Alan? Her safe life; controlled and predictable? Carrie's fear of further disappointment and bitterness keep resurfacing and Wake poses the dilemma between being choosing to be "content" or "happy", settling for "good" over "fun", throughout the novel in a very pleasing and amiable manner as we join Carrie on her meandering journey to find answers.
If you are looking for a light hearted, easy, summer read with affable characters, touches of charm and humour, something that will soothe your weary spirit as you relax on holiday, then this is the perfect book for you.
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I was interested in finding out what happened and it made a refreshing change to read a book full of harmless, convivial, good humoured people and not to be too terrified to switch the light off at bedtime! Jun 13, Jo rated it really liked it. Okay, so they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what I did with this book.
I saw it on Netgalley and thought it would be a romantic drama much like that of Santa Montefiore and as I had seen several bloggers tweeting lovely positive things about the book I requested it. I am so glad I did, because whilst it was not at all what I expected I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book has characters that you can really believe in and identify with and the plot has the perfect Okay, so they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what I did with this book.
The book has characters that you can really believe in and identify with and the plot has the perfect amount of escapism to make it a brilliant beach read. Carrie is lovely and down-to-earth, and whilst the concept that a drama teacher who lives with her sister and niece is actually married to a Hollywood A-lister seems farfetched, it genuinely didn't feel that way as the story unfolded. Wake takes her protagonist, her sister and her perfectly-irritating year-old niece to the French Riviera and what sounds like the most gorgeous location imaginable.
Not only did I fall in love with the house, but I was also suitably charmed by Carrie's estranged husband, the Hollywood superstar, who makes the perfect hero of the piece. Her current boyfriend, high school teacher and cycling enthusiast Alan, just couldn't compete for me. But I'm not telling you what Carrie ultimately decided to do or who she chose! So, I loved the location, I love the heroine and hero and I don't think I've read a more accurate and realistic depiction of an annoying teenager in quite some time.
If you looking for a summer read that will have you turning pagers quicker than you reach for cocktails, I would definitely recommend you get yourself a copy of 'Escape to the Riviera'. This was a nice read, a typical love story but I think this book needs another proof read! View 1 comment. So there.
Jules Wake. As I have read her novels previously and rather enjoyed them I didn't hesitate to say yes to a review copy and also with pleasure I am taking part in a blog tour - because let me tell you, right at the beginning, that I personally think "Escape to the Riviera" is Ms Wake's best novel yet. And can we please gush a little over this beautiful, climatic, summery cover? It's gorgeous, the colours of the sunset are so authentic and right now I'd love to be on this terrace. The st So there. The story introduces us to a bunch of main characters, and I liked it, lately I've read many novels with thousands of characters in them and here I truly enjoyed this small colourful group of vivid protagonists.
Carrie's life seems to be absolutely right as rain. She's a drama teacher, has a boyfriend Alan who is also a teacher and she lives with her sister Angela and her niece, Jade. Thanks to Angela the girls get a chance to spend a month of their summer holidays in a villa at the south of France and after some initial doubts they travel there. While Angela and Jade hope for lazy, sunny days full of swimming, sunbathing and enjoying themselves, Carrie has some ulterior motive to be there - namely, she's married to a Hollywood superstar, Richard Maddox, and as Alan has made the big step and proposed, Carrie needs a divorce.
So she sets her goal on tracking Richard down in the beautiful setting of the French Riviera. But is she going to find him? And if so, did the old feelings die? The characters were very well rounded and I had a feeling that I know them very well, and the author has written them in such engaging way that I wanted to be a part of their world.
Carrie is so normal with her anxieties, uncertainties and questions and I warmed to her right from the beginning. But she's not only like this - she's also strong, a great support to her sister and niece and she has passion to drama, and all this made her sometimes annoying, but also lovely and realistic and down - to - earth.
I also liked how the author showed two sides to being famous and yes, we know it's not always a bed of roses and drinking champagne for breakfast, but also the social media being sure they can follow the celebrities and report on their lives, not taking into consideration that they are people who also need private sphere, and the impacts and consequences of such situations.
Though I admit, it was a great joy to have a look or two at how the other half lives. And this brings us to Richard, who, except of annoying the hell out of me at the beginning, turned out to be a great, having both feet on the ground person, taking his career not too seriously and having a distance to himself, and to be totally honest, I had a feeling that he and Carrie really belong together. But can you still have feelings after eight years of not seeing each other?
What the author has also managed to capture so very well was the sparks between Carrie and Richard. While at the beginning I had nothing against Carries's boyfriend Alan, but the more I read and the more we got to know him, the more I started to feel that my feelings of sympathy to him start to cool down - I had a feeling that nothing interest him except of his cycling and teaching and somehow he didn't coordinate with the creative, full of life Carrie and well, I found myself keeping my fingers crossed for Carrie and Richard. Even though at the beginning Richard seemed a little too arrogant and too self - confident for my liking and I didn't like the ultimatum he gave Carrie.
However, it turned out, it was for the best. But what is also great is that the author didn't concentrate only on Carrie and Richard's plot but added some other subplots to the story. The stories of Angela and Jade suit the book in a perfect way and make it a much deeper read, and they, as background characters, give as much as the main ones. The setting of the French Riviera, of St. Tropez couldn't be better, and Jules Wake's descriptions bring the places to life. No matter if she writes about the gorgeous, glamourous yachts, or the incredibly tasty French food, or the beautiful villa the girls were staying in, or the fantastic clothes they tried on, it all sound true to life.
I also enjoyed how the girls reacted to the places and they didn't even try to hide their excitement or the fact that being near celebrities and film stars made them so excited - especially Jade. Jade had her moments, oh she did, when she annoyed not only her aunt and mother but yours truly as well, but on the other hand she was a teenager and Ms Wake has brilliantly captured her irritating nature.
This novel, albeit sometimes a little too far - fetched and with moments where destiny and coincidence played big roles, was a brilliant escape to the south of France. Jules Wake has described all the places in such a vivid, realistic way that I didn't have any problems to see them in my mind and I'd do anything to be there at the moment.
It is this kind of a book that you want to take with you on your holidays and devour under the shining sun. The writing style is great, so easy to follow and accessible and the story flows effortlessly. There were some moments in the book that I had a feeling it drags unnecessary on but mostly it was full of events. This is a lovely story about discovering yourself afresh and about following your dreams, about finding the courage and start living as you want. Lovely book, perfect for the summer evenings! Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.
Brilliant Just couldn't put it down and had to keep reading far too late in bed. Loved the characters and locations. Think Hugh Jackman and you can see Richard as the perfect movie star! All the characters are so clever. Jade the stroppy teenager that everyone knows and Angela her long suffering and lovely mum. So well put together and loved the twists and turns. You really wanted Carrie to be true to herself and get rid of boring Alan. As usual a lovely story that you could escape to on a horrib Brilliant Just couldn't put it down and had to keep reading far too late in bed.
As usual a lovely story that you could escape to on a horrible winters night. Jul 22, Lara rated it it was amazing. This was a really good book. I read it in one sitting. At first, I wasn't so excited about reading it but at the end, I was upset it had finished so quickly. It was one of those romances you wish were real. Jun 16, Jan rated it really liked it. No one does romantic escapism quite like Jules Wake! Really enjoyed escaping to the Riviera with Carrie and Richard.
Aug 02, Katie Marriott rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , romance. Lovely summer romance. Perfect for holidays. Wanted to love this book but the endless typos were really frustrating. May 20, Mrs M. P Shew rated it it was amazing. Excellent Escape to a dream world really good book to dream and relax. Makes you believe life could have a happy end. This is the first book I have read from Jules Wake. It's a light hearted romance, which took me to the Riviera and made me think of beaches, sandals and the warm weather.
Look forward to reading more from her. Feb 27, Evonne Wareham rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed this. A light escapist read, as the name suggests. Jul 09, Jane Hunt rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley-read-and-reviewed. Follow my reviews. Carrie is hardworking and loyal to her family, living an unremarkable life. The chance of an ultra glamorous holiday and an unexpected offer, force her to confro Follow my reviews. The chance of an ultra glamorous holiday and an unexpected offer, force her to confront painful secrets, with life changing results.
The vivid setting is authentic and beautiful.
The insight into the world of film stars and the theatre, interesting. Reliable but less than exciting, Alan is well portrayed as the other man. This makes her real and easy to empathise with. You want her to get her happy ending. Romance is implicit in every scene and the ending is a romantic masterpiece, so easy to visualise. The lovely holiday setting reveals a story of self-discovery and the resilience and strength of true love.
The perfect summer book, definitely worth reading. Jules Wake Jun 28, Grass monster rated it it was amazing. Firstly, can i say that i adore this cover. This is one of the best i have seen this year if you want to escape your everyday life. This will certainly draw you to read this as soon as possible.
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Here we meet Carrie, a friendly, down to earth person who is a teacher. She lives with her sister Angela and 15 year old niece Jade. When Alan, Carrie's boyfriend proposes she is over the moon but she is holding a secret, Carrie is already married to Hollywood super star Richard Maxwell. No one knows abou Firstly, can i say that i adore this cover. No one knows about this except her sister and they have not been in touch for over 8 years.
Carrie needs a divorce and quick before Alan finds out. After Carrie discovers Richard's next filming location, she takes her sister and niece to the French Riviera hoping to get the divorce moving. As we get lost in a perfect location, can Carrie finally get her divorce sorted or has she realised Richard is the one after all?. I loved this from begining to end, it was such a refreshing story and we get to live the life of a mega star.
The main thing that stood out for me throughout this book was how Jules Wake, used such descriptive sentences, from the yachts moored in St Tropez, the clothes they tryed on, the villa, the area they stayed in, the yummy food they had, even to the way Richard delivered his kiss. I was lost in this book and its not often i am reading a book and forget the world around me. Jules writes with honesty and empathy. The only sad part was that there wont be a next one, as id love to see what happens next with Carrie and Richard.
Maybe Jules will, maybe she wont. I am so glad to have a paperback aswell so i can read it again one day. Oct 16, Alison rated it really liked it. I've enjoyed other books by Jules so it was on a foregone conclusion on my part that I would eventually get to read this one.
Whilst it would be ideal as a summer romance novel it worked equally well for me reading it as Autumn closes in.. Carrie is a sweet kind person, lives with her sister Angie and rather hyper teenage niece Jade. She is working as a teacher, has a steady boyfriend Alan so it seems as though I've enjoyed other books by Jules so it was on a foregone conclusion on my part that I would eventually get to read this one. She is working as a teacher, has a steady boyfriend Alan so it seems as though life is treating her well.
Until Alan proposes.. She has to track her hubby down and ask for a divorce. In the real world this may be an easy option.. Richard is a hero to all his fans and when Carrie finally locates him in the French Riviera it becomes a tussle to convince him divorce is the best option. She has managed to get a great deal on a holiday villa along with Angie and Jade. Richard is filming nearby.. I liked Carrie although she could be indecisive, Jade annoyed me with her incessant questions and whining but Richard won me over with his suave charisma..
Full of the charm and love I have come to expect from the author. The glitz associated with the story makes an ideal escape from reality and takes the reader on a superb adventure. Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy. Jul 16, Janine rated it it was amazing. Beautifully written and entertaining.
In the light of her recent engagement, Carrie Hayes must face her past and the fact that she is still married to the popular Hollywood actor Richard Maddox. Only Carrie's sister Angela knows she is married and spills the beans to Carrie's that her boyfriend planning to propose. This sets Carrie in motion to find Richard and do what is long overdue, end the marriage. Carrie uses this opportunity to seek out the filming locations to find Richard.
After eight years of separation, it's time for a divorce. He gives her an ultimatum, spend two weeks with him and if she still wants a divorce after that, he will give it to her. Their time together brings back a lot of memories for Carrie and she realizes she is still in love with Richard and their story isn't over yet. I really enjoy a good book that takes me on a journey to some exotic location. Add this incredible story to that journey and I didn't want this book to end. I admit it was the cover that got my attention first, but when I read the synopsis, I was intrigued and had to know what happens.
This book is a perfect addition to your summer reading list. Jul 04, Sally Coles rated it it was amazing. Carrie is a drama teacher at a school, but has piles of plays that she has written herself and never done anything about. She has been seeing a fellow teacher for sometime and when he proposes to her she accepts.
Unfortunately she has a secret she is still married and to an A list film star! She looks at getting a quickie divorce on line and but needs an address for him and they haven't been in touch for years. Meanwhile her sister Angela and teenage niece Jade have been offered the use of a hous Carrie is a drama teacher at a school, but has piles of plays that she has written herself and never done anything about.