Winnie, Stella and Frankie, three friends in their thirties who escape for a small break on a remote Greek island.
The break is just what they all need as they soothe the wounds caused by marriage breakdowns, divorce and redundancy.
They come back with more than a tan – they come back having bought the B&B they were staying in!
Villa Valentina is now theirs and they throw themselves into making a success of it. Trouble is the Villa seems to be full of secrets and these secrets are key to making a success of their venture as well as harmony on the small island.
The three women have to contend with the resident donkey, who has decided to move to live into a neighbours field and has no intention of returning.
A distillery is hidden beneath the Villa and part of the deal is to keep producing the islands famous spirit – gin and to make sure that the island and the islanders never run out. For if it did, the consequences could be catastrophic.
Add into the mix a boy band wanting to escape from the spotlight, ghosts from the past turning up and irritatingly charming Australian neighbour it means that life at the Villa is certainly going to be interesting.
I adored this novel, it took me completely away. I could feel the sun on my skin, the warmth of the sea, the ice cracking in the glass as the gin was poured in. The romance and seduction almost crackled off the page and I was hooked into all these three women’s lives. I don’t want to say anymore I just want you to go and read the novel and experience it for yourself.
Kat French’s writing for me is improving with each book I read. This is worthy of the five stars if not more. She manages to capture something unique in her descriptions of the scenery, the atmosphere, the connection between the characters and so much more. If you want a pure escapism novel then this is the novel for you.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach is out now.