Book Talk Tuesday: A Wedding in Provence by Ellen Sussman

 

cover44230-smallA Wedding in Provence is as charming and lazy as a weekend in the country. It’s part family saga, part summer beach read, and part lyrical commentary on marriage and commitment.

Olivia and Brody have chosen to start their newly joined lives at an inn on the Mediterranean owned and run by Olivia’s closest friend, an ex-pat, and her French husband.

As their family arrives for the wedding, more and more issues bubble to the surface. Brody’s mother comes but his father has stayed home. Olivia’s daughters arrive, one dragging along a man she met on the plane, the other sans her boyfriend. The inn’s owners’ own troubles must be faced.

Some of the twists are predictable, but the pacing is good and Olivia and Brody are drawn as real people with concerns about merging their lives when they’ve already built a perfectly fine life alone. How do you make a second marriage work when there are unshared memories and ghosts that insist on coming along?

I enjoyed this one very much. It’s perfect for reading on a cabin deck or on the beach or in the backyard hammock.

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I received a free download of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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