FRENCH COAST by Anita Hughes

french coast

Courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin

I have been reading a lot but not making the time to sit down and write.  But after flying through this delicious read by Anita Hughes, I felt like I had to share the warmth, class, and love found in French Coast.  I would love for my next big trip to be to the Cote d’Azur and this book transported me to Cannes. When I started this blog, I wanted to provide recommendations for different types of readers like The Ambitious Reader, The Happy-Go-Lucky Reader, and The Escape Artist.  This book delivers for both The Happy-Go-Lucky Reader and The Escape Artist.  Besides the sexy love scenes, designer duds, and pristine locale, French Coast also tells intricate stories of the resiliency of love and their surprising intersections.


Five Reasons to Read:

  1.  Anita Hughes knows the way to a girls’ heart–Vogue, Givenchy, and Moet & Chandon.  When Vogue features editor Serena Woods goes to Cannes to interview former French Vogue editor Yvette Renault you’re in for all things fashion and French.
  2. Serena is surrounded by beauty while things keep falling apart for her, but she is always looking out for her new friend Zoe, daughter of an Australian fashion magnate, and putting others first.
  3. As Serena interviews Yvette, we’re propelled back into the sixties when Yvette was a young mother in an unhappy marriage.  Her story is told with gritting honesty and poise.
  4. If you like a sexy beach read, you can’t go wrong with this book. But it has enough intrigue to keep you from getting bored.
  5. When the prose gets repetitive, Hughes digs deeper and provides more drama, more decisions for Serena, and more secrets are revealed.

Keep reading…


Fall Reads: The Escape Artist

Paris, La tour Eiffel

Paris, La tour Eiffel

Although you may not be heading back to school this fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t hit the books. But figuring out what to read can be easier said than done. So what kind of reader are you? An escape artist, looking to leave the city behind every chance you get? Are you happy-go-lucky and looking for a fun, easy read? Or are you an ambitious go-getter in work, life, love, and reading? Fall is the perfect time to cozy up by the fire and get back to the books!

The Escape Artist

Who you are: You love New York but your wanderlust keeps you dreaming of your next vacation a world away. Jet-setting for you is going climbing in Tanzania, boating in Monaco, exploring in Argentina.  When you are stuck on the subway or taking a lunch break you want to be reading something that will transport you to another city, another world, or another time.

Our rec: Murder Below Montparnasse: An Aimée Leduc investigation set in Paris by Cara Black

5 reasons to read:
1. Aimée Leduc is the perfect private investigator to to usurp Nancy Drew.
2. You’ll want to imitate Aimée Leduc’s French style: Chanel No. 5, a Hermés scarf, a leather jacket, and Converse.
3. Zipping around Paris on her Vespa, the Montparnasse will come alive in this crime thriller.
4. What’s more transporting than Paris?
5. 14 books in the series means you can experience all the arrondissements without leaving New York.

The Long View: Aimée Leduc is a private investigator keeping up the family business at Leduc Detective in Paris, France. She primarily works alone except for her partner Remi who has recently left to accept a job in Silicon Valley, leaving Aimée and hacker Saj to man the office. When Yuri Volodin, an old Russian man, hires Aimée to find his Modigliani painting she never guesses that Yuri will know something of her missing mother.  As Aimée becomes more entangled in the art world and the Soviet secrets surrounding the painting,  she realizes how dangerous the situation is.  Not to mention her personal life is pretty messy: she spots her flic boyfriend, Melac, with another woman, a female Russian bodyguard has the hots for her, and things are complicated with an art investigator named Dombasle. Plus, there is her dog, Miles Davis, to worry about. This jam-packed crime novel will leave you ready to explore all the arrondissements even if only through Cara Black’s series.

The deets: 
SoHo Press
321 pages
January 2013
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