Tuesday, September 8, 2015

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Riviera by Karen Aldous & Tour Giveaway

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and Lake Tahoe in US would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in 'Karen's World'. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives - but struggle to control them! And, of course there's always a gorgeous hunk or two!

The journey is only as good as its end…

It’s been a hard journey, but Lizzie Lambert’s life is a Proven├žal dream come true. Her business is wildly successful, and with her little boy and the love of her life, Cal, she is making a beautiful home on the vineyard for their blended family.

But when Cal goes to America to support his son through a teenage crisis, it becomes clear the kid’s not the only one with some growing up to do: Cal’s glamorous ex-wife wants to get her claws in him again. As Cal spends longer and longer away, Lizzie wonders, was it all too good to be true?

Escape to Provence with Karen Aldous’ The Riviera, the perfect read for an idyllic summer.

Let me begin by saying that the cover art for this book drew me in right from the beginning.  The colors are gorgeous and breathtaking.  

I had a hard time getting into this book from the beginning though, content wise.  The story itself is intriguing and drew me in.  A new and magical relationship, love at first sight it seems.  

Then Cal's son is starting to have issues back in America and Cal runs to his side as any parent would in his situation.  He feels anytime with his son is special and when Cal receives that cryptic message from his son he has no other choice to be by his side.

Cal only plans (hopefully) to be away a few days time.  He hopes he can fix things when he arrives.  Then he will send for Lizzie and her child to join him.

This time apart is not easy for Lizzie to handle and it becomes harder each and every day.

The initial short time Cal intended to spend becomes longer and longer.  

Lizzie starts to worry - will he be coming back?  Is something happening happening with Cal's son's mom?

I found it hard to jump around between the different story lines and at times it made me lose interest in the story.  Nicely written but hard to keep my attention.

An elegant wine to have in such a beautiful landscape - Chateau Miraval - amazing pink color with scents of white flowers, little red berries, freshly crushed strawberries and Morello cherries.
I rate The Riviera three wine glasses - it was hard to keep my interest but I am happy that I had the chance to read it.


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