It’s my stop on the blog tour today for One Summer in Monte Carlo by Jennifer Bohnet and I am delighted to share with you my review. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy via Netgalley.
One Summer in Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo means different things to different people; a billionaires playground, overflowing with glitz and glamour but also where dangerous secrets hide.
For Nanette Weston, and her then fiancé, F1 racing driver Zac Ewart, their dream life came to an abrupt halt 3 years ago following a car accident which Zac walked away from, but left Nanette being airlifted back to the UK, never to return and never to see her fiancé again.
Monte Carlo was a place she wanted to forget, not revisit. But when her friend and employer, Vanessa asks Nanette to look after her children in the Principality for a few months, Nanette knew she had no choice but to return.
As the F1 circus once again comes to town, with Zac in pole position, mistakes of the past, leave legacies for the future…
I’ve read a number of Jennifer’s books now and they are always a delight. A drop of French sunshine, gorgeous settings, a sprinkling of romance and an interesting story. What more do you need?
Nanette, who previously worked in the hectic and glamorous world of Formula One and once engaged to the famously talented top driver Zac had vowed never to return to Monaco. After leaving three years previously following a car accident she has little memory of and the end of her relationship with Zac, it is a part of her life she always thought she needed to keep buried away. However, after being asked by her best friend and employer, Vanessa, to return, now as nanny to Vanessa’s twins, she is to stay with the children’s father and grandfather whilst Vanessa is away for a few months with her new husband in the Amazon rain forest. It all sounds very exciting and exotic, but danger and trouble lay ahead for both women and the author writes an engaging and interesting story from both of these character’s perspectives.
The two story lines, though very different from one another, worked well together and gave the book a fast moving pace. There is a good mystery element running through this book which made me keep on turning those pages along with the brilliantly described settings.
I’m a big F1 fan and having been to a number of races as well as visiting Monte Carlo/Monaco whilst on holiday in France, it was wonderful to read of the principality in the lead up to a Monaco grand prix. To feel the buzz of excitement and the hustle and bustle of a packed Monaco, the sound of the cars and all that the teams bring with them. I could sense that the author knew what she was talking about. You don’t need to be a lover of racing to enjoy this book however, as the atmosphere of a more normal Monaco and the description of the Amazon are wonderfully done.
This new novel gives us yet again a lovely cast of characters and the author’s usual sun soaked France oozes from the page. There is also a smaller romantic story line included, which is enjoyable and believable, but the main story is a fast moving mystery of what Nanette learns about people she once knew and though she still did. But does she?
Thanks so much to BoldWood Books for my advanced digital copy
This book was previously published as Follow Your Star by Jennifer Bohnet.
Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3cqDnQh
Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.
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