I’m delighted to welcome HQ Digital author, Jennifer Bohnet, to my blog today. Jennifer is sharing a scene from her heartwarming romantic novel ‘A Year of Taking Chances’. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?
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Life is about to change forever…
When best friends, Tina and Jodie, make a drunken New Year’s Eve vow to change their lives before they hit the big 3 – 0, neither expected to end the year with much more than another hangover…
Twelve months later, Jodie is married and living in Provence – and Tina is exactly where she was a year ago (although now her rent is double). Tina can’t help but feel a little bit left behind, but as Jodie reminds her, she’s not thirty yet, there’s still time to quit her job, start her own literary agency and sign the man of her dreams!
This is a scene early in the story where Tina tries to reason with Jodie about rushing into marrying Ben and moving to France . .
‘Think about what your mum would say. You barely know Ben. You’ve been a townie all your life. The only place you ever go on holiday is Devon because you reckon it’s the perfect place – you’ve been muttering for years about moving down there one day. And now you’re getting married to a Frenchman and actually going to live in France? You’ll probably never set foot in Devon again. You don’t think you’re maybe rushing things a bit?’
Tina had paused for breath and shaken her head. ‘I just hope you know what you’re doing burying yourself in a village in a foreign land.’
‘Mum would have loved Ben,’ Jodie said. ‘And he would have adored her too.’
‘Maybe, but giving up your career and being a kept woman in a foreign country isn’t necessarily the right choice for you,’ Tina insisted. ‘You’re always out attending some party or launching a product. Your social life is as busy as your nine-to-five one. And…’ She’d paused as though what she was about to say clinched it. ‘You love shopping. How many shops are there in rural France? Not many.’
Jodie laughed. ‘I know, but honestly it’ll be a relief to step off the merry-go-round. Besides, I’m still going to have a social life, Ben knows lots of people. We’re only going to be an hour away from the Riviera so I’ll be able to go shopping on Rue d’Antibes in Cannes whenever I want. That can’t be bad, can it?’
‘But what exactly are you going to do all day?’ Tina asked. ‘Turn into a Stepford wife overnight?’
‘Of course not,’ Jodie had answered. ‘For a start I have to brush up my French. Try to become fluent so I can talk to the natives and make friends. Ben has promised me, once this latest book is finished, we can go house-hunting for a new home together. So I am going to be busy – just with different things. And I will look for another job, once everything has settled down.’
‘Have you asked Ben about moving over here?’ Tina demanded in one of their heated ‘Are you sure you’re doing the right thing?’ exchanges. ‘After all, writers can write anywhere. All they need is a laptop, a gallon of coffee, and to be shut in a room to write!’
‘True, but to be honest I haven’t even mentioned the possibility of him moving to London,’ Jodie said.
‘Why not?’ Tina asked.
Jodie hesitated. ‘Because his mother is still alive.’
Tina had looked at her open-mouthed before closing her eyes and nodding understandingly.
When Jodie had refused to even think about postponing the wedding, or worry about moving to France, Tina had given in, throwing herself wholeheartedly into helping her friend organise the wedding she’d always dreamt about. Quiet and romantic. The phrase ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure’ was voiced once and then never again uttered.
Something for which Jodie had been extremely grateful. But why; was it popping back into her head now, months later?
Want to find out if Tina gets her ‘happy ever after’? You can buy the book here:
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/299rvVv
I’m English but I’ve lived in France for nearly 20 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard was a guardien for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch – lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours.
You can find out more about Jennifer here:
Facebook Author page: goo.gl/PDKQ8D
Thanks so much for dropping by to tell us about your novel, Jennifer. Wishing you many sales!
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