The Riviera by Karen Aldous

I enjoyed this book which is a sequel to The Vineyard. Although I hadn’t read The Vineyard, it was easy enough to follow as a stand alone book. Events from the first book are referred to and this helps explain some of the things that happen in this one.

I thought the father-son relationship between Cal and Jack was particularly well described after Jack had found himself in a very difficult situation. Without giving it away, it’s fair to say that is something that many teenagers today have to cope with and sometimes, sadly, can have tragic consequences. I also enjoyed the part of the story where Lizzie was trying to trace her mother’s cousin. I have done a lot of family history research myself so could really relate to the paths that Lizzie was going down. Lizzie and Cal’s relationship was complicated by the appearance of Cal’s ex-wife who Lizzie didn’t quite trust. This put quite a strain on their relationship as you can imagine…. Relationships in many shapes and forms are the main themes of this book and the importance of family and trust are central to the story.

The Riviera was light, easy to read and entertaining, perfect for a summer holiday read.

My thanks to the publishers Carina for allowing me to read a review copy via Netgalley. The Riviera was published on 10th July 2015 and you can order a copy here: The Riviera

Synopsis:

The journey is only as good as its end. It’s been a hard journey, but Lizzie Lambert’s life is a Provençal dream come true. Her business is wildly successful, and with her little boy and the love of her life, Cal, she is making a beautiful home on the vineyard for their blended family. But when Cal goes to America to support his son through a teenage crisis, it becomes clear the kid’s not the only one with some growing up to do: Cal’s glamorous ex-wife wants to get her claws in him again. As Cal spends longer and longer away, Lizzie wonders, was it all too good to be true? Escape to Provence with Karen Aldous’ The Riviera, the perfect read for an idyllic summer.

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