Today I am thrilled to be on the opening day of the Blog Tour for Poppy’s Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.
Poppy’s Place in the Sun
‘She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously French…this lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ Jane Linfoot
Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home…
With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. However, as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s made the right decision. A lick of paint and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.
Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who makes it clear Poppy isn’t welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but Poppy won’t be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!
Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy , however can he ever return Poppy’s love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?
I was initially drawn to the book when I read about the lovely doggy companions of the main character, Poppy Kirkbride. The two rescue chihuahuas Peanut and Treacle didn’t disappoint with their daily escapades. As for Pickwick the Yorkshire Terrier with his floppy tongue and a crooked leg…. he just stole my heart!
Lorraine does a fabulous job of describing all their different personalities. As a dog mum myself, I know the feeling of having two dogs on your lap and one wrapped around your neck! I also loved that the chihuahuas were rescued and also Pickwick was rehomed by Poppy when her beloved gran died.
However, there is so much more to Poppy’s Place in the Sun. It goes without saying that the location is idyllic and the villagers have wonderful personalities. However, it was Poppy herself who really stood out. At first, she seems so desperate to be liked but as she started her new life in France, Poppy finds strengths she didn’t know she had. Her confidence really blossoms, which is lovely to see.
The book is beautifully written, the time flew by and I was sad it had to end. The humour and hunky vet were a definite advantage but my favorites were Poppy and her little pack. Any dog lovers with a penchant for Chick Lit will adore this book and it comes highly recommended.
Finally, thank you to NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly.
Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for Harper Impulse and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
Lorraine splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire. She is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.