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L'Amour Actually

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  20 reviews
After one particularly bad day at work, marketing executive and confirmed city girl Melanie Jones decides to give up her old life in search of something new and simpler in South West France. With little knowledge of the country, even less of the language and just the memory of a disastrous school French exchange and a few day trips to Calais, she embarks on her adventure w ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 3rd 2013 by Summersdale
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Kate Moretti
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! The events that happen to poor Mel had me laughing out loud, and of course, wondering how many were true! I was completely hooked into Melanie's mishaps from Chapter 1, when she flashes her new neighbors, the cute farmer and half her town. And oh my goodness, don't even get me started on the darn cat. At first glance, this is a book about a girl and a boy, filled with chick-lit mishaps, ala Becky Bloomwood or Bridget Jones. But its truly so much more than that! Ther ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france
There are not many books that have me laughing from the start, but Melanie managed it with this one. I enjoyed her writing style, which is very funny but it also felt like catching up with an old friend, as she really opens up and lets you into her life. Disastrous is about the only way to describe the start of her new life in France, but as one embarrassing situation/mishap rolls into another I laughed along with her and was hooked into reading more to find out what could possibly happen next. ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Very enjoyable and well-written novel about Melanie, a young English woman sick of the rat race in London, who on the spur of the moment moves to a cottage in a remote village in rural France having made no preparations whatsoever. She can barely even speak French. It's often very funny, and her new life is vividly and compellingly described. OK, it's a little implausible that one of the first people she meets is a hunky French farmer who fortuitously speaks fluent English, but hey, i ...more
Fran Macilvey
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review of “L’Amour Actually” by Melanie Jones

I have been a fan of Melanie’s writing for some time, so when her first offering, “L’Amour Actually” found a publisher I was delighted, and immediately sought out a copy, which I found in the “travel” section of the local bookstore.

This is unashamedly chic lit, but with an intriguing premise, excellent writing and some genuinely moving moments to keep us all turning the pages. I was reading it prior to a holiday in France, so it served as a very usef
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book from the start to finish. You really connect with the main character and feel sorry for her. It’s also really humorous and I loved that along the way, you were learning some French! Very good book and would recommend.
Tilly Upton
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Grab a petit chab-lis, everyone: we're off on a petit tour de sud-ouest France, grâce à Melanie Jones, debutante authoress extraordinaire. Melanie Jones- she even has a name in common with the quintessential chick lit heroine; and if Bridget Jones had ever decided to up sticks and start afresh the other side of La Manche, I can well believe it might have looked something like this, although how she'd have coped with rehabilitating obese chickens and splitting wood is anyone's guess...(!)

First th
Melanie Jones
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Review from 'For The Love Of France'

For me to truly love a book I have to be able to get lost in it. To feel like I'm actually there or could find myself there one day. I like to think that I can somehow relate to the characters in a story I'm reading about, even if it's just the tiniest of details, that makes me sit up and think "yes I can do that" or "god yes I've so done that". And in my wildest imagination I also like to envisage myself written about i
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Melaine and I had been tweeting each other and when she offered me the chance to read her book, I jumped at the chance.

The cover is gorgeous and so is the title, it has me hooked before I even opened the book!

This book is set in rural France and is almost everyone’s fantasy, leaving their old life behind and to begin somewhere new. New country, new job, new language… how hard could it be? Trouble is Mel is not a country girl, she has lived in the city and has had an attractive job.

We are take
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
When the lovely Melanie got in contact with me asking her if I would review her book, I took one look at the cover (and read the blurb obviously) I instantly said yes!

I really liked the premise of this book. I think we all would like to leave our stressful, tiring jobs and take a break in the idyllic French countryside. But this novel opens us up to the sometimes-hilarious realities of a London city girl moving to Rural France!

I was laughing practically from the start. Right from when Mel arriv
Eve Hatton
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-now, books-i-own
I am not really a fan of the title of this book, it gives the impression it is a standard cheesy chick lit when It is so much better than that. I am a fan however of the actual book. It is pretty rare for me to actually laugh out loud while reading and I certainly did more than once while reading this. I know that Melanie Jones spent several years in France and that this story was developed from her blog she used to post about her experiences so while reading this book it made me wonder what bit ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
L'amour actually is a fantastically written book, which I found myself easily lost within the pages. The book starts with Mel feeling unhappy with life on her birthday and deciding she has had enough and wants to move to rural France for a quiet life. Soon Mel arrives, but life in rural France isn't at all what she had pictured when flicking through country living magazines. She soon discovers that high heels and fashionable clothing are no use to her here. After a rough few weeks and a number o ...more
Janine Cobain
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
L’Amour Actually ; think Bridget Jones meets The Good life – twenty something Mel throws off the demands of a high pressured life in London for the idyllic dream of rural France highlighting her city ignorance by beginning her new adventure in Louboutin heels. Her journey courses from ditch diving to line dancing and everything in between, her escapades bring new depths to the term ‘cringe worthy’ and provide many giggles along the way.

Mel’s naivety and personality traits are endearing as are t
This book totally cracked me up, it was the perfect light book I needed this summer, between Proust, Saramago, and other biggies.
L’Amour Actually is “a fictionalised travel memoir loosely based on Melanie’s life in rural France” [quoting the author herself on her Facebook page]. It is not high literature, but that’s a very enjoyable short book. It is very lively, with very true to life and funny dialogues.

Mel has had enough with her over busy gloomy life in London, and she basically leaves overn
Marina Sofia
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Got to love a book that is equally critical (in a humorous way) of expat Brits and the French countryside. The story is perhaps slightly predictable, although the chances of finding a hunky young French farmer who speaks fluent English (let alone one with a twin brother) are slim to non-existent. Nor is it likely to take just one year to get integrated into a French village. The humour often descends into downright farce - which is fun but perhaps a little unrealistic. Still, an enjoyable holida ...more
Ekaterina Botziou
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Se magnifique! A wonderfully witty Bridget Jones-esq tale set in sleepy croissant-filled rural France. While trying to start a new life amongst the hard nosed, no-nonsense French, city girl and self-confessed glamour-puss Melanie Jones stumbles from one drunken disaster to another, breaking more than her heart along the way. Eventually she learns that it's not material things that make you happy. It's L'Amour Actually.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, travel-books
Had me laughing so hard in some parts and thinking "there's no way this is true!" but apparently it is, hence the saying "truth is stranger than fiction" (as the author said when I asked her if all the things in her book really happened to her!) A fun and light read.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: france
Bit of trashy chick lit but an easy read and set in the part of France I'm going to this year. Looking forward to my hols now.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did like this book but when I look at my other 3 star reads it wasn't up there. A few LOL moments and an endearing look at living in a foreign country.
2.5 stars
Kristin Strong
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was cute, but the poor editing (squealing breaks on a car? Really?) was distracting. There are far better books in this genre.
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Born in Iran, Melanie spent her formative years in Tunbridge Wells before setting off on her travels, which took her to Bahrain for four years, then onwards to various places around the world. Following her marriage to a film/tv professional, she spent a few hedonistic years following him around the world to various glamorous and not so glamorous film locations, with their two young children in to ...more