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About Fiona Valpy
She draws inspiration from the stories of strong women, especially during the years of World War II. Her meticulous historical research enriches her writing with an evocative sense of time and place.
She spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007, before returning to live in Scotland. Her love for both of these countries, their people and their histories, has found its way into the books she's written.
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A Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller.
From the bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Promise comes a gripping story of three young women faced with impossible choices. How will history – and their families – judge them?
Paris, 1940. With the city occupied by the Nazis, three young seamstresses go about their normal lives as best they can. But all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne’s involvement is something she can’t reveal to either of them.
Two generations later, Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet arrives in Paris, rootless and adrift, desperate to find a connection with her past. Living and working in the same building on the Rue Cardinale, she learns the truth about her grandmother – and herself – and unravels a family history that is darker and more painful than she ever imagined.
In wartime, the three seamstresses face impossible choices when their secret activities put them in grave danger. Brought together by loyalty, threatened by betrayal, can they survive history’s darkest era without being torn apart?
An RNA Romantic Novel Award nominee.
Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer—and her life.
In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…
When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.
From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.
When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgets…
In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free.
But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the Île de Ré. Can she ever find her way back? And does she want to?
From the windswept Île de Ré to the rugged hills of Scotland, Sea of Memories is a spellbinding journey about the power of memory, love and second chances.
Loch Ewe, 1940. When gamekeeper’s daughter Flora’s remote highland village finds itself the base for the Royal Navy’s Arctic convoys, life in her close-knit community changes forever. In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird’s son falls in love with Flora, and as tensions build in their disrupted home, any chance of their happiness seems doomed.
Decades later, Flora’s daughter, singer Lexie Gordon, is forced to return to the village and to the tiny cottage where she grew up. Having long ago escaped to the bright lights of the West End, London still never truly felt like home. Now back, with a daughter of her own, Lexie learns that her mother—and the hostile-seeming village itself—have long been hiding secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew.
As she pieces together the fragments of her parents’ story, Lexie discovers the courageous, devastating sacrifices made in her name. It’s too late to rekindle her relationship with her mother, but can Lexie find it in her heart to forgive the past, to grieve for all that’s lost, and finally find her place in the world?
A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic…
Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, The French for Christmas is the perfect Christmas treat.
Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory.
When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.
Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness.
And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin?
With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?
What people are saying about The French for Christmas
‘So very real, so tragic, my heart absolutely ached … A heart-warming and truly beautiful Christmas book.’ 5/5 Paris Baker’s Book Nook
‘One of my favourite stories I have read this year… A truly superb novel. 5/5.’ Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews
‘A truly wonderful novel … touching, inspiring and heart-warming … an absolute must on your holiday reading list. 5/5 Stars.’ Living Life with Joy
‘Just beautiful … I was transported to a Christmas wonderland and I didn't want to leave! Absolutely loved it!’ Becca’s Books
‘A winner … I want to live this story.’ A Nurse and a Book
‘I love Fiona Valpy's French countryside stories ... The setting is wonderful and the snow and winter weather give it a fairytale like atmosphere … such a lovely Christmas story.’ Librarian Lavender
‘Beautiful descriptions of the idyllic French house and area … mouth-watering descriptions of the beautiful food … a wonderful Christmas read. It has everything you could want from a book for this time of year.’ Best Crime Books and More
‘I found myself talking out loud, muttering and cursing … Fiona had given me characters that I had connected with, that had strength and depth who I found I really cared about.’ Crooks on Books
‘This book made me cry … Another great and emotional read with Christmas cheer, Christmas spirit.’ French Village Diaries
‘Truly idyllic … everything we love about the Christmas season.
Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch…
Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue – set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux.
After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality – until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything.
With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little French courage, can she save Château Bellevue before the summer is over?
What people are saying about The French for Always
‘This was set in the gorgeous French countryside which, itself, was another character in the novel, I honestly felt like I was there drinking in the sunshine, the atmosphere and the wine! The description in this book was just beautiful full on wonderful metaphorical language and adjectives that tasted wonderful in the mouth!
Overall this novel would be a lovely summer read, you will feel the heat emanating off the page and so will definitely put you in the mood for barbecues and a glass of wine or two alfresco. This is a stand along novel, so if you haven't read anything from this author before, it would be a great introduction to her lovely writing!’ 4/5 Fabulous Book Fiend
‘I fell in love with this novel as soon as I had read the first few pages. I am a sucker for any story that in one way or another has to do with weddings, but I have to admit, I’m not a particular fan of France. Yet, the descriptions of Chateau Bellevue, the surroundings, the small village and its inhabitants... I loved it and the whole atmosphere in the novel immediately made it feel like summer, even though it was raining where I was! The main character, Sara, was easily likeable and I felt myself rooting for her and her wedding business, especially after her fiancé Gavin decides to leave her and she suddenly has to set up the business on her own. Luckily, Sara is surrounded by a great cast of supporting characters, including the trustworthy Karen and handsome and charming Thomas.
The storyline, which revolves around Sara and her attempts to save Chateau Bellevue, was really enjoyable, especially because of the five weddings that are organised at the venue while the story enfolds. Each of the weddings featured a specific couple, all of them different from one another with their own background. Fiona Valpy’s writing is great; well-paced, detailed, and captivating, and I definitely look forward to reading more of her work in the future. ‘The French for Always’ is a wonderfully warm and thoroughly enjoyable read, and definitely the book to pick up if you are looking for your first taste of summer!’ 9.5/10 Spoonful of Happy Endings
Fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews, Victoria Connelly or Erica James – and everyone who enjoyed Nick Alexander’s The French House – will love Fiona Valpy.
Can happy-ever-after get lost in translation?
Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months. So when she inherits her aunt’s ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside – swapping English weather for blue skies, sunshine, great wine and a fresh start.
What she hasn’t factored in is a hole in the roof, the most embarrassing language faux pas, and discovering family secrets that she was never supposed to know.
Suddenly feeling a long way from home, Gina will have to rely on new found friends, her own hard work – and Cédric – her charming, mysterious and très handsome new stonemason.
But whilst desire needs no translation, love is a different matter. Can Gina overcome the language barrier to make her French dream come true?
Like a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine – The French for Love is the perfect summer escape.
Una storia che arriva dal passato può sconvolgere una vita nel presente?
Un cuore infranto può sempre rinascere
Sperando che un nuovo inizio possa essere la cura per il suo cuore spezzato, Abi Howes decide di accettare un lavoro estivo nella campagna francese. Non appena raggiunge il meraviglioso castello di Bellevue, è subito rapita dal fascino antico di quella dimora e dai segreti che custodisce. E ben presto, complici gli echi del passato, Abi scopre una storia straordinaria, che avrà il potere di sconvolgere i piani della sua estate e, forse, della sua stessa vita.
Era il 1938 quando Eliane Martin si prendeva cura degli alveari nel giardino del castello di Bellevue. Incontrò Mathieu Dubosq mentre vendeva il miele al mercato e se ne innamorò perdutamente. Sembrava che niente potesse scalfire la loro felicità, invece le ombre della guerra si allungarono fino ai confini francesi. Nel caos generato dall’occupazione tedesca, Eliane e Mathieu vennero divisi e lei prese una decisione che sarebbe potuta costarle la vita: si unì alla Resistenza e combatté per la libertà della Francia. Ma la strada verso la liberazione fu lunga e, nei momenti più bui, il suo amore per Mathieu venne messo a dura prova. Può una storia che arriva dal passato coinvolgere a tal punto chi la rivive? La vicenda di Eliane riuscirà a risvegliare il coraggio e la determinazione di cui Abi ha bisogno?
Due donne straordinarie e coraggiose, capaci di far fronte alle avversità, trasformandole in energia per affrontare la vita
«Una storia appassionante e commovente, piena di coraggio. Adoro le protagoniste femminili quando dimostrano di avere carattere.»
«Raramente un libro riesce a lasciarti addosso qualcosa di così profondo, lo consiglio assolutamente.»
«Una lettura appassionante ed emozionante, l’alternarsi di passato e presente incolla il lettore alle pagine.»
Inglese di nascita, ha vissuto sette anni in Francia dove, insieme alla famiglia, ha ristrutturato una grande casa di campagna, nei vigneti di Bordeaux, prima di trasferirsi di nuovo in Gran Bretagna. Questa incredibile esperienza ha ispirato tutti i suoi libri, tradotti in Germania, Norvegia, Repubblica Ceca e Turchia.
Gina entschließt sich, ein Jahr Auszeit zu nehmen, sich in Sachen Wein fortzubilden und danach in London noch mal richtig durchzustarten. Allerdings hat auch das Leben in Frankreich so seine Vorteile, besonders einen sehr attraktiven namens Cédric Thibault ...
En 1938, Eliane s'occupait des ruches de la propriété. Elle y est tombée amoureuse et croyait en un avenir radieux. Mais l'Histoire avait d'autres projets pour la jeune apicultrice qui a rejoint la Résistance... au risque de tout perdre.
70 ans plus tard, grâce à cette histoire étrangement similaire à la sienne, Abi marche dans les pas d'Eliane et retrouve goût à la vie. Même dans les pires moments, il y a toujours de l'espoir. Surtout quand, telles les abeilles, on fait partie d'une communauté où l'amitié permet de surmonter toutes les tragédies.
Il destino può metterci davanti a scelte impossibili
Parigi, 1940. La città è occupata dai nazisti e tre giovani sarte cercano di sopravvivere nonostante le difficoltà. Ognuna di loro nasconde un segreto. Mireille, dopo la tragica perdita dell’amica Esther in un raid nazista, decide di unirsi alla Resistenza. Claire è stata sedotta da un misterioso ufficiale tedesco. Vivienne, invece, è coinvolta in qualcosa che non può rivelare nemmeno alle sue più care amiche. Quando però le attività segrete di Mireille, Claire e Vivienne rischiano di essere scoperte, le loro vite saranno in grave pericolo. Unite da una lealtà incrollabile ma minacciate dal tradimento, potranno sopravvivere nell’epoca più oscura della storia senza pagare un prezzo altissimo?
Giorni nostri. Harriet, una ragazza inglese che non ha mai superato il trauma del suicidio della madre, raggiunge Parigi per cercare di ricostruire un legame con il suo passato. Partendo da una foto che ritrae sua nonna Claire insieme ad altre due donne, Harriet scoprirà una verità sulla sua famiglia e su sé stessa molto più dolorosa di quanto avrebbe mai potuto immaginare.
Il romanzo bestseller internazionale dell’anno
Un’autrice da oltre 1 milione di copie
Tradotta in 15 lingue
Tre giovani sarte durante l’occupazione nazista di Parigi cercano di vivere una vita normale, ma ognuna di loro ha qualcosa da nascondere...
«Uno straordinario romanzo che è riuscito a emozionarmi grazie alle trame che si intrecciano, ai personaggi ricchi di umanità e a un ritmo serrato ma sempre evocativo.»
«Sono i dettagli a rendere questo romanzo meraviglioso: come la cura nel descrivere la moda parigina di quegli anni.»
«Un libro che ti conquista pagina dopo pagina, riuscendo a trascinarti in un vortice di emozioni incontenibili.»
Inglese di nascita, ha vissuto sette anni in Francia dove, insieme alla famiglia, ha ristrutturato una grande casa di campagna, nei vigneti di Bordeaux, prima di trasferirsi di nuovo in Gran Bretagna. Questa esperienza ha ispirato tutti i suoi romanzi, bestseller tradotti in 15 lingue. La Newton Compton ha pubblicato La custode dei profumi perduti e Il segreto della sarta di Parigi.