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The Insatiables – Brittany Terwilliger

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The Insatiables centers on Halley, a young and ambitious woman, who is a level 1 Service Staff in her company. She is desperate to climb the corporate ladder and wants to experience more from life than what she has in Dayton, Ohio. She doesn’t want to remain stuck like the rest of her family.

An opportunity soon presents itself, and she gets selected to go to France as part of a team that will plan and execute a product launch. She almost gives up the most important things in her life for this job.

France is everything she dreamed it would be and at first, Halley seems content living there. Then things begin to escalate from unacceptable to outrageous. Halley then realizes that the promotion she’s been working so hard for may have just cost her a lot. She has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.

The Insatiables is a fun, entertaining debut novel and is perfect for an afternoon curled up on a sofa with a hot chocolate. This book is filled with interesting and quirky characters and an interesting storyline. Halley as the main character was well developed and relatable. The descriptions of France were evocative and the rest of the characters were sympathetic, funny and likeable. There were some characters I couldn’t warm up to. Highly recommended.

  • Pages: 338
  • Publisher: Amberjack Publishing (18 September 2018)
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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)