'Wow What a story... I was captivated... I found myself reading late into the night... extraordinary... so moving and totally enthralled me... will stay with me for a long time.' NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Reims, France, 1805. Looking back at the crumbling house hidden away in the vineyards, the sound of her daughter's laughter carrying on the breeze, Nicole plucks a perfect red grape and is reminded her life will never be the same. With her husband gone, her troubles are hers alone...
For grieving Nicole Clicquot, saving the vineyards her husband left behind is her one chance to keep a roof over her head and provide a future for her little girl. She ignores the gossips who insist the fields are no place for a woman: but one day, buying fresh croissants at the boulangerie, Nicole is shocked to hear a rumour about her husband. They say he died with a terrible secret. One that brings disgrace on Nicole and turns the whole town against her.
Heartbroken, her reputation in tatters, and full of questions no one can answer, Nicole turns to her husband's oldest friend, travelling merchant Louis. His warm smile and kind advice seem to melt her troubles away. And as they taste her first golden wine of the season and look out over the endless rolling hills, Nicole starts to believe she can turn her fortunes around, and be welcomed back into the local community.
But when Louis avoids her after a long trip abroad, Nicole sees he has secrets of his own... and just as she doubts if he's on her side, she realises how her feelings for him had grown. Desperately torn between her head and her heart, Nicole works day and night on a plan for her future: but to save her home and her little daughter from ruin, she must risk everything...
Fans of Chocolat, Carnegie's Maid, Dinah Jeffries and anyone longing to sip champagne under the stars will adore this stunning historical read, inspired by the true story of how Nicole Clicquot blazed her own path to build the world's greatest champagne house: Veuve Clicquot.
Read what everyone's saying about The French House:
'Extraordinary. Outstanding... absolutely amazing... just wow ... this book is exquisite. Absolute perfection. A masterpiece. One of my favourite reads ever... one of the finest books out this year and one of the best historical fiction reads ever.' Renita D'Silva, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'One of the best books I've read... stunning... it grabbed me and pulled me right in to Nicole Clicquot's story... unforgettable... addictive... you feel really caught up in the twists and turns... has to be experienced to truly realise how special it is... I was totally immersed.' On the Shelf Reviews
'A fascinating book... very heart-warming... I found this book very hard to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Beautifully written, fascinating novel... comes alive on the pages... wonderful... extra special.' Angela Petch, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐