Book Reviews

A Bon Livre, or good book, takes you away from it all, introduces you to new places or cultures, makes you cry, makes you laugh out loud, or simply lets you enjoy. Time should be taken to read a good book now and then.

We review books that cross our path for our Vive le Livre Book Club – mostly about France, sometimes wine. And the odd animal sneaks in now and then. (Fiction and Non-fiction Book Reviews)

We review 2 books on wine and war in France, 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction at PumpjackPiddlewick

Interestingly I was given a book recently – The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. And at the same time Wine and War, by Donald and Petie Kladstrup, was recommended to me. I read them both, and can recommend them both. Wine and War Wine and War is a non-fictional book.Read More →

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen is part mystery part great storytelling. We review at PumpjackPiddlewick

The Paris Apartment, by Kelly Bowen, goes high on my reading recommendations. If you are keen on books set in France, this is a must read. A fictional tale, it isn’t one for giving you insight into the culture of France. Rather it is set in France, and England. ButRead More →

Parisian Legacy is a tale of decades in France and England - a book review for the Vivre le Livre Book Club

I think I came across this book on Twitter. One of those it randomly pops up in your feed, so its hit or miss if you spot it, let alone pay any attention to it. But because I am always on the search for books set in France, *The ParisianRead More →

Duck Season - Life in Gascony by David McAninch - a book review from PumpjackPiddlewick

For those familiar with Pumpjack & Piddlewick you know we have pet ducks. So when I spotted a book called ‘Duck Season’ set in France, I had to read it. And then of course review it for our Vive le Livre Book Club. First, a caveat. Yes, we love ourRead More →