Welcome to my stop on the Publication Day Blog Tour for this third book in the A French Escape Series. Scroll down to see what I thought of this book.
JoJo’s French Escape by Lorraine Wilson
Published May 22, 2020 by HarperCollins/One More Chapter
Genre: Women’s fiction / Romantic comedy
Standalone Book 3 in ‘A French Escape’ series
Imagine yourself in beautiful France with the sun warm on your face and a glass of wine in your hand…Jojo’s French Escape is the perfect summer read!
Trapped in paradise…
For twelve months JoJo Grant has been hiding from a secret too shameful to share. And whilst her sanctuary might be the beautiful French countryside, JoJo has a horrible feeling that her peace is about to be shattered…because bursting into her life is the hottest celebrity chef around – Callum O’Connor.
Callum knows all about JoJo’s past, her time as a reality star, the scandal that has dogged her, but he isn’t sure why she’s still hiding? After spending time with Jojo, it’s obvious to him that she has nothing to be ashamed of – she just needs to be a little braver…
But as much as JoJo likes Callum, he thrives on the glare of the outside world. Can JoJo let go of her past…with Callum by her side?
‘She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously French…this lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ Jane Linfoot
This is the third book in “A French Escape” series. This is JoJo Grant’s story. JoJo has been in hiding from a shameful secret, to the point where she has become a recluse and if she has to go out, she wears baggy clothes hoping not to be recognized. She is kept busy running Poppy’s Guesthouse, looking after several cute puppies and planning Poppy’s and Leo’s wedding. Poppy and Leo want her to move on with her life, and think that Leo’s friend Callum, a celebrity chef, would be perfect for her. It just so happens that Callum wants to get away from his celebrity life, so Leo invites him to come and stay as well as getting him to help design the menu for the new restaurant they want to open in the barn. Leo is coming off a bad relationship with a woman who was after his celebrity status, so JoJo is not a person he wants to encounter at this point in his life. They both have ideas about what and who the other is, but as they get to know one another, they realize they are both wrong.
This book has a really important and powerful message. JoJo has allowed what others think of her force her into hiding. When she does venture out, she hears whispers and comments and slips back into her insecurities. I do not want to ruin the story for you but with some help, she breaks through. Enter Callum, a man who loves to cook, teach people to cook and feed them. He does not enjoy his television shows and is trying to figure out what to do next in his life. He is so caring and supportive. The other characters in the story are lovely, well except for Aiden and Sally, but that was to be expected based on what they did to JoJo. Poppy and Leo have become JoJo’s family and support system and she was lucky to have landed with them. The most fun in this story are the dogs. Poppy loves to rescue dogs so she has 4, Callum has 1 and JoJo rescues another. They are a hoot. They are spoiled, pampered and oh so loved. They give back as good as they get, and at one point, come to JoJo’s rescue. I have to say I loved the antics that Flump was involved in, but I do not like his name.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I loved learning a bit about the area and if I ever get to France, I will look for these small villages. This story is a romance, and there are some rather descriptive sex scenes, but for me, the main themes are about friendship and not letting others label you, standing up for yourself, be strong, be yourself and write your own story. This book can be read as a standalone, but if you want the full story with all the characters and how they ended up where they are, I suggest you read the series in order. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for One More Chapter – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.