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3.19  ·  Rating details ·  536 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Serena has the job she's always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Stacey Lechner
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Griffin for an advanced copy of this book. Not one of my favorites. Way too much name dropping, mention of clothing labels and general superficiality. The main character, Serena wasn't well developed enough to make me care about her love life or family drama. All she seemed to care about was fashion and what she was wearing. The author makes reference to her intelligence, but that didn't come through at all.
The book did deal with some serious issues about in
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A slow start. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Christmas in London, but the second half is a lot of fun, though the name-dropping of big fashion names did get on my nerves after a while. Still, I do really like this author. Her writing flows and she has fun characters.
Jan 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the story line, but there was too much talk of what designer clothes the main character was wearing. Yes, she worked at Vogue, but it took away from the story lines of love, romance, infidelity and forgiveness. Plus the ostentatious wealth was a bit much for my taste.
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, set-in-paris
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Serena is the daughter of a California senator and is quite accomplished in her own right. She is a features editor for Vogue magazine. Her life seems like rainbows and sunshine, especially when her boyfriend, Chase, asks her to marry him. And to top it off, things are going well for her at work. She has been offered the assignment of interviewing the former French Vogue editor, Yvette Renault, while she is staying in Cannes. Things start going downhill from there though. She arrives in Cannes a ...more
Feb 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
With its glamorous setting and enticing storyline, I had high hopes for French Coast by Anita Hughes. I really wanted to like this book, but I was distracted by the constant name dropping of designer labels, hotel suites, and more. Characters constantly referenced the full names of hotels, suites, and streets in a very unnatural way. Instead of the characters just saying that they were going back to their hotels or suites, they consistently mentioned the entire formal names. I would expect this ...more
Barbara White
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect beach bag novel--full of exotic locations, designer clothes, and gourmet food. I love Anita Hughes' novels because I know they will transport me away from real life. They are 100% guaranteed escapism and this one didn't disappoint. I devoured it in two days. Bring on the next one, Anita!
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book, but I was a little annoyed that she kept jumping from Serena to Yvette to Zoe. It was weird that Serena kept running into Nick, but they were made for each other.
I'm so glad that she saw what Chase was really like, before they married. He turned out to be a real jerk! I couldn't believe he "made love" and then he broke up, with her! What nerve!
I felt, the writer, Bertrand was rude and selfish; but I thought it was nice that he added Yvette's name to the book.
Samantha March
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy
OMG, my friends. I said it best on social media when I announced I was reading this book. I said “This book is making me want to pause life so I can just keep reading.” I I even need to say anything else? From the first page, and I’m not lying, from the first page I knew I was going to be totally hooked. Anita Hughes is one of my favorite writers, and her books have the complete ability to make me get lost in them. I love that this time I was taken to France, an
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
This book is stupid. It is shallow. And I devoured it. I discovered French Coast on a list of books you should bring on your vacation and it has all the great things a beach book needs - romance, mystery, long passages about food, sex and clothes. At some point, though, I started to hate read this book. All of the male characters like their sex pretty much the same way. The main character goes on a writing assignment and not only brings 400 changes of clothes, she brings several changes of perfu ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Started off ok, just a breezy chick lit but fun setting (Cannes) and premise (Vogue editor sent to the south of France to interview the longterm editor of French Vogue) but it just continued to devolve into the amateurish mess of a story it is. Stuck with it but it's a train wreck of a novel.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Total waste of time, couldn't even finish it. How about more story and less designer name dropping.....I get the main character works in fashion, but it was complete overkill.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading a light book about the south of France while its 4 degrees outside. I had two minor issues with this book:
1) The author spends too much time describing their outfits. Every time a character changes clothes, the outfit is described in detail. I also didn’t know hair ribbons were making such a comeback.
2) I counted 8 times that a character kisses another character “on the mouth.” I felt like this was so middle school. If a grown man is walking his fiancé to her car, its pretty no
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Romance fiction set in Cannes, Cote d’Azur (“Nobody in Cannes worries about time”)

Zac Posen – Manolos – Lilly Pulitzer – Courrèges – Lanvin – Betsey Johnson – Acqua di Parma – Dior – Oscar de la Renta Stuart Weitzman – Coach – Ferragamo – Yves St Laurent – Stella McCartney – Manolos – Pucci – Gucci – Bottega Veneta

Serena is the features editor for Vogue in San Francisco and lives the cushioned lifestyle of the wealthy. Her Father is a retired Senator and she is dating Chase, who is also on the c
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of French Coast around a year ago, and in the past year there have been a few times when I was going to pick it up to start reading, but something stopped me. After reading my first Anita Hughes book earlier this year I was even more apprehensive about starting French Coast, purely as I wasn't really sure what to expect...

...what I discovered very early on was that I was enjoying French Coast a whole deal and really felt as though I was reading a story, or in fact multiple stories s
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
They say never judge a book by it’s cover, but from the moment I saw the cover of this novel set in Cannes, I wanted to be that girl and I knew I had to read this book.

Two young women, Serena and Zoe, find themselves in Cannes during the Film Festival for different reasons, but very soon their lives there become entwined. Serena has the perfect life, a handsome, successful fiancé and her dream job as editor at Vogue. Zoe is more secretive as to who she is and why she is in Cannes, but there is f
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
Set in an an amazing location with interesting characters, food, fashion and fun, FRENCH COAST is a great book to take a vacation inside of. You will be whisked away to the French Coast and will feel like you are there in person...seeing the sights, smelling the smell, living the life. This story is one that will grab the chick lit loving reader and not let them go. There is a little something for everyone and each reader will be craving a little bit more. 4 stars
Maureen Hetzel
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not wonderful ...and annoying in the author's need to describe by designer each character's clothing and shoes for each appearance in the story. OK she is a Vogue editor but I guarantee all her potential readers are not Vogue fans. Tedious
3.5 stars. Perfect read for a beach trip. Quick, fun, and addicting.
Brooke Hayes
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to stop picking up books that I think will be fun to read on vacation. Pointless pretentious nonsense.
Linda Bewley
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I would give this book less than one star if that was possible. Don't waste your time.
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it
More 2 star than 3, but I did finish it. Very shallow and often boring.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
So poorly written. It's seems that all she did was cut and paste the entire book, and just change the color or label of the clothing.
Got irritated pretty quickly. Too much description, and not of the interesting sort.
Liz Fenton
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Devoured it in one day! A delightful fast-paced story with lots of twists and turns that kept me interested.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Don't bother reading. It had so much potential, set in beautiful Cannes. But the story, the characters, all of it is so vapid and derivative. Don't waste your time.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I only gave this book 2 stars. I've seen several reviews giving this book a low rating because there is too much focus on frivolity (clothes, food) and rich people problems. That is not my issue with the book at all. I've read a few other of Anita Hughes's books, and I quite enjoy the lavish settings and descriptions of beautiful clothes, sumptuous meals, etc. I view Hughes's books as similar to Elin Hilderbrand's - light reads I can enjoy on the beach or while on vacation. That's the genre.

Betty Strohecker
Vogue editor Serena Woods travels from San Francisco to France to interview the now retired editor of French Vogue. This is the assignment of a lifetime that could make her career, but once she arrives in Cannes, a series of events begin to unfold that could greatly affect her life. Her reservation can't be found at the luxurious Carlton-InterContinental, where she is supposed to interview Yvette Renault. Since she has arrived during the Cannes Film Festival, every hotel is booked, but Serena is ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I won't provide a synopsis, as that has been done in other reviews. Suffice to say that this book has an interesting plot line (which is why I chose to read it) but the story was buried under utterly unnecessary name-dropping, label-dropping, and annoying, repetitive phrases (eg. "she twirled her pony tail"; she "flashed" on ... ) and repetitions (eg. the chapters with Yvette Renault invariably began with her greeting Serena, followed by a description of what she was wearing - usually with some ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Jan 05, 2016 09:54AM  
  • The Lost Girl
  • Summer at the Little French Guesthouse (La Cour des Roses, #3)
  • Little Island
  • For Internal Use Only
  • The Repeat Year
  • Just for the Holidays
  • Domestic Affairs
  • The Other Half
  • Finding Lucas
  • Recipe for a Happy Life
  • Pretty in Ink
  • I Promise You This (love in Provence, #3)
  • Grounded (May Hollow Trilogy, Book #1)
  • Bella Fortuna
  • Skinny Bitch in Love
  • Escape to the Riviera
  • From Tours to Paris (French Illusions Book 2)
  • The Rocheforts
Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program. She is the author of MONARCH BEACH, MARKET STREET, LAKE COMO, FRENCH COAST, ROME IN LOVE, ISLAND IN THE SEA, SANTORINI SUNSETS, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, WHITE SAND, BLUE SEA, EMERALD COAST, CHRISTMAS IN LONDON and CALIFORNIA SUMMER published by St. Martin's Press.
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