This is the second time I have read this book and I wanted to re-read it for the takeover. I have of course reviewed it too, so I have merged my new review and my old review together – sneaky ah!What Happens in France by Carol Wyer
Published by Canelo on January 28 2019
Also by this author: The Birthday, What Happens in France, Little Girl Lost , Secrets of the Dead, The Missing Girls , The Silent Children , The Chosen Ones, Life Swap, Take A Chance On Me, Suddenly Single, The Birthday, Last Lullaby, The Dare , The Sleepover, The Blossom Twins , The Secret Admirer, Somebody’s Daughter , EndGame, An Eye for an Eye
“She stood and took her place in front of the camera... It was now or never”
Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.
With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.
Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…
I forgot how much fun this book really is, it has made me want to sign up for a quiz show if this is the fun I can! Bryony captured my heart straight away and I adored Lewis! The chemistry with these two is instant even if they don’t see it and I fell in love with them both.
In this story, Bryony is looking for her long lost sister Hannah, you don’t know why she is long lost just that Bryony blames herself. So along comes the chance to appear on a new TV show with some immense coverage why not go for it? As a lover of the 90s game shows, I had to read this, always wanting to be part of the action, and in a way, I could be through Bryony! Despite Bryony’s turbulent upbring she is not some to sit and pity herself, she is not what I call a “poor me” person, I know a few of them if I allowed it I could be one of them, but no she holds her head high and she cracks on with the tasks in hand. Yes she has her moments of self-doubt, but who doesn’t but she keeps going, she has a goal in mind and she stays true to that.
I loved the challenges they had to do and it was exciting to think of Lewis and Bryony zipping around in the Citroën, or the inflatable challenge sounded a hoot. All this fun against the backdrop of France and the chateau did sound awesome! It was also nice to see some fellow bloggers encapsulated in the novel popping up at random times. Had me chuckling at that. I should also issue a warning, this book will lead you into the biggest trap ever of “Oh just one more chapter”, I fell victim to this and a health warning should be issued #justsaying, I sat and read it one morning, thank god I had the time!
I don’t want to give anything away, all you need to know is that it made me smile a lot, it was very cute and I had a huge soft spot for Jim and Oscar. I would love to adopt Jim as another Grandad. I was hooked on Bryony (and Lewis) and didn’t let go until the very end! I have said it before, and it’s a favourite saying now but my eyes were sweating quietly and the lump in my throat was huge.
I completely enjoyed every word on the page, Carol has a way of making you feel the emotions and have your heart filling with joy and the warm and fuzzies. The plot is something I could imagine someone actually doing, it had the realistic elements to it which I found fascinating and I would have loved to been in Bryony shoes. Plus Carol has actually been on gameshows to research this book, more on this tomorrow!
Until next time xxx
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