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Fromage à Trois -Victoria Brownlee

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What’s not to like about this book? I loved everything about this book!
Fromage à Trois was an absolute delight, filled with cheese, humor, romance, and all things French. For a debut novel, I have to say that I am very impressed.

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The story revolves around Ella, a 29-year-old, whose boyfriend of 8 years suddenly decides to go on a retreat in Thailand to find himself, unsure of where their relationship is headed. She’s left with no choice but to break up with him. Heartbroken and hoping for a fresh start, Ella books a one-way ticket to Paris. We follow her through her adventures while living in France.

The writing complements the story with detailed descriptions of Paris and authentic dialogue. The characters were diverse and I enjoyed the whole cast. Ella as the main character was well drawn and highly relatable. The author portrays her so vividly that the reader could easily imagine themselves in Paris with her.

The characters are brilliantly crafted to feel real and consistent. They were sympathetic, funny,  likeable and quirky. Ella’s friend Billie—and her voice-of-reason—is adorable. Her colleague at Flat White, Chris, is funny—what with his obsession with French women. Clotilde, ever the quintessential Parisienne, was a very good friend and housemate. I loved how their friendship developed as the book progressed. Serge, a cheese connoisseur —and owner of the fromagerie, which Ella frequents—was very likeable.
Then there’s Ella’s former weird housemates, an elderly French woman who still lives her 40-year old son. Gatson is a handsome narcissistic and a jerk, and Ella’s ex, Paul will make your blood boil.

The descriptions of France and the food were evocative and I came away from the book knowing a great deal about French cheese; their origin, texture, and more. You could literally smell the aroma of cheese emanating from Serge’s cheese shop.

Fromage à Trois is a fun, entertaining read that is perfect for an afternoon curled up on the sofa with a glass of Vin de Paille 🍷and a slice of Comté. I highly recommend to everyone.

  • Pages: 280
  • Publisher: Amberjack Publishing (9 October 2018)

 

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