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About Fiona Valpy
Fiona is an acclaimed number 1 bestselling author, whose books have been translated into more than twenty different languages worldwide.
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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In this evocative tale from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift, a strange new city offers a young girl hope. Can it also offer a lost soul a second chance?
Morocco, 1941. With France having fallen to Nazi occupation, twelve-year-old Josie has fled with her family to Casablanca, where they await safe passage to America. Life here is as intense as the sun, every sight, smell and sound overwhelming to the senses in a city filled with extraordinary characters. It’s a world away from the trouble back home—and Josie loves it.
Seventy years later, another new arrival in the intoxicating port city, Zoe, is struggling—with her marriage, her baby daughter and her new life as an expat in an unfamiliar place. But when she discovers a small wooden box and a diary from the 1940s beneath the floorboards of her daughter’s bedroom, Zoe enters the inner world of young Josie, who once looked out on the same view of the Atlantic Ocean, but who knew a very different Casablanca.
It’s not long before Zoe begins to see her adopted city through Josie’s eyes. But can a new perspective help her turn tragedy into hope, and find the comfort she needs to heal her broken heart?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Mais les grondements de la Seconde Guerre mondiale jettent un voile sombre sur cette vie rêvée. Ella est contrainte de retourner en Écosse où elle s'engage dans les forces alliées aux côtés de l'audacieux Angus. Et peu à peu, la femme qu'elle était auprès de Christophe s'efface.
Des décennies plus tard, au crépuscule de sa vie, pour tenter de réparer ses erreurs et se délivrer d'un secret qui l'a hantée si longtemps, Ella décide de raconter son histoire à sa petite-fille. Au risque de bouleverser le fragile équilibre familial...
Un cuore infranto può sempre rinascere
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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.»
«Alla fine del libro ci si sente grati al pensiero che, in mezzo a tante azioni disumane, possano esistere persone dall’animo così altruista.»
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.
Ein Sommerroman mit viel Charme, einem kleinen Haus in Frankreich und einer sympathischen Heldin, die zwischen Weinbergen ihr Glück sucht.
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Solo il cuore ha il coraggio di perdonare il passato
Scozia, 1940. Da quando Loch Ewe, remoto paesino scozzese, è diventato la base per i convogli artici della Royal Navy, la piccola comunità locale ha dovuto assistere a profondi mutamenti. E anche la vita di Flora, figlia del guardiacaccia, sta per essere sconvolta. Il figlio del Lord, infatti, nonostante la disapprovazione del padre, si è innamorato di lei e la tensione tra le due famiglie sembra destinata a distruggere ogni speranza di felicità.
Sono passati decenni da allora. La figlia di Flora, la cantante Lexie Gordon, è costretta a tornare al paese e al piccolo cottage dove è cresciuta. Fugge dai riflettori abbaglianti di Londra, e scopre con sorpresa di sentirsi finalmente a casa. Ma il paesino costiero, così come sua madre, nasconde dei segreti. Segreti in grado di mettere in dubbio tutto ciò che Lexie pensava di sapere. Mentre ricompone i frammenti della storia dei genitori, Lexie scopre i coraggiosi e devastanti sacrifici fatti in suo nome. Può darsi sia troppo tardi per recuperare il rapporto con la madre, ma forse Lexie può trovare la forza per superare il passato e guardare finalmente al futuro.
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«Un’indimenticabile storia d’amore, di guerra, di perdita e di riscoperta, ambientata nel suggestivo scenario delle Highlands.»
Gill Paul, autrice del bestseller La figlia perduta
«L’ho amato, amato e amato. Adoro la Scozia e questa storia fantastica è riuscita a catturarmi completamente: emozionante e commovente. La ricostruzione storica è minuziosa e l’autrice è riuscita a rendere viva ogni descrizione. Mi sono venuti i brividi.»
Lesley Pearce, autrice del bestseller Senza guardarsi indietro
«Un romanzo nel quale immergersi, tra madri e figlie, amanti e amici, e sullo sfondo una incantevole località scozzese. Ho amato questo libro!»
Victoria Connelly, autrice del bestseller The Rose Girls
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 20 lingue. La Newton Compton ha pubblicato La custode dei profumi perduti, Il segreto della sarta di Parigi e Il profumo segreto del mare.