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A Spell in Provence

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Passion and mystery in the hills of Provence when an ancient spell weaves its dark magic.
After losing her job in England, Amy Carter uses her redundancy payment to start a new life in France, turning Bellefontaine, an overgrown Provençal farmhouse, into a successful hotel. Though she has big plans for her new home, none of them involves falling in love — least of al
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Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published January 5th 2015 by Accent Press
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Rosie Amber
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Spell in Provence is a romantic suspense set in Provence, France. Amy Carter has left her life in England and come to set up a hotel providing homemade organic food at Bellefontaine. During the purchasing stage the estate agent filled her in on the local stories which surround the house, local legend and some quite scary rumours yet it didn't put her off.

On her very first day she meets local landowner Fabien Coste who runs Manoir Coste an upmarket hotel and whom the locals call Le Duc. He warn
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Els
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author’s books are a mixture of some delicious things that result in a great book.

She takes a pinch history, adds a measure of suspense and pours a tasty romantic sauce over it. Mmmm, it makes you smacking your lips and your eyes glued to the pages.

But often in history things were not always very bright and cozy. Many times horrible things took place and some people want to keep those traditions and beliefs alive. To do that though, others have to suffer and how.

Things people do for money
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Cynthia Harrison
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

Hard-working Amy Carter cashes in her British chips to buy a farmhouse in southern France and turns it into a charming inn, complete with organic gardens and homemade jam. What Amy doesn’t realize is that her plan was doomed from day one. Fabien Coste owns the finest chateau in Provence, and he’s also into innkeeping, on a much more elegant, grander scale than Amy can ever hope to achieve.

Not that the duc de Coste is upset by Amy’s arrival. He is, in fact, enchanted by his closest neighbor. Or
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Julie
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m pretty sure Marie Laval must have had me in mind as her target reader when she wrote this book. It has everything I love about a good story, firstly it’s set in Provence so what’s not to love? You can almost smell the lavender as you turn the pages. Then there’s a handsome French hero by the name of Fabien and I can totally understand how he makes Amy feel when he calls her Aimee in his sexy French accent. Apart from that there is a centuries old mystery, strange things happening and mysteri ...more
J.B (Debbie)
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Spell in Provence is one of those books that makes you almost believe you are there. Marie Laval's descriptions of the French countryside, the sights and sounds and the wonderful food transported me to Provence! Despite Bellafontaine's dark history and on-going mysteries I was intrigued by the place. Add into the mix a very handsome French Duke, an unsolved mystery spanning through many generations and passion, then this is a perfect book for me.

Marie Laval has spun an intriguing tale of affa
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Karen Mace
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that makes you want to pack up all your stuff and head for the French countryside in the hope that you’ll discover your own Fabien!! Swoon!!

But that’s not why Amy finds herself in France – she’s determined to make a big success of opening her own farmhouse hotel. No mean feat considering she’s new to the country and hoping to do everything herself! Her dreams and determination will have you on her side from the get go, and the gorgeous setting she finds herself in is j
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Rose English
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Book 68 of my Goodreads Challenge

This author conjours up some beautiful imagery with this wonderful romantic suspense novel.

Amy Carter is starting a new chapter in her life by moving from the UK to open a guest house in France She is not seeking love but she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Fabien Coste lord of the manor or rather duc of the chateau.

There are some strange goings on at the bottom of the garden leading into the dark forest behind Amy's new home 'Bellefontaine' she see's light
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Hannah Symonds
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the way this story was written, I felt as though it was very descriptive with a romance but mystery element involved. I found it fast moving but with a predictable ending. The setting sounded beautiful and almost makes me want to go to Provence. The cover looks lovely with a hint of mystery.
Debbie
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in an online promo party & I'm so glad to be introduced to another new author for my list of good authors.

The storyline gives the hint of romance, battling emotional feelings & a beautiful setting with a very rich owner of a Chateau & a struggling first time owner of a bed & breakfast old but newly renovated farmhouse, Bellafontaine, but there is so much more a very dark & sinister side connected to the forest owned by the duc de Coste the very rich
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Jacqueline
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france
Wow, what a page-turner! I was spell bound by this dramatic read from the very first chapter. I started reading on an afternoon and I had to force myself to stop a few chapters from the end, as it was already way past my bedtime. It was a book that had to be read to conclusion and even then it played on my mind long after I’d finished reading it.

Set in a small town in Provence, we meet Amy Carter at the start of a new adventure. Following her redundancy, she leaves the UK and uses all her saving
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Even though after reading the blurb on this book, for some reason I had it in my head that it would be a bit of light hearted chick lit reading, boy was I wrong.

I have read a few books now where a single female buys a property abroad, wanting to make a fresh start and within a day of moving in she instantly falls head over heels in love with some handsome hunk of a man and yes, to a certain extent A Spell in Provence is one of those books, BUT, it is also SO much more.

A Spell in Provence is actu
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Jaffareadstoo
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amy Carter relocates to the beautiful Provencal countryside to run a guest house at the mysterious, but beautiful, Bellefontaine. It’s a place that is riddled with the secrets of its ancient past and bound up in the shadows of local folklore. Right from the start Amy discovers that running the guest house isn’t going to easy; there are too many unexpected happenings which rattle her confidence. Added to the mystery of Bellefontaine, is the allure of the enigmatic Fabien Coste, an arrogant owner ...more
Lizzie Lamb
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although this novel is mostly set in Summer in the Luberon, it would be a great novel to read as the nights get darker and winter closes in. Then the 'events' which overtake the heroine Amy will be even spookier. I mean, wouldn't you be frightened by a dead rabbit nailed to your door and ghostly lights which appear at the bottom of your garden; not to mention dreams which turn into vivid nightmares. I won;t say any more for fear of spoiling things for you. As a bit of a history buff I loved all ...more
Sheri
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Spell in Provence by Marie Laval

Amy Carter uses her redundancy payment to start a new life in France, turning Bellefontaine (an old farm house) into a hotel. Soon disturbing events at the farmhouse begin. It seems centuries old horrific acts happen to the ladies of Bellefontaine. Amy decides to solve the mystery, she fears her life may be in danger.

A very original story, of love, tragedy, mystery and secrets. Amy is very likable, she has a love interest, and struggles with the frightening even
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hanghuhn
mystery and suspense with a bit of romance - I think that describes the novel well enough. A trigger warning would have been useful. It was no problem for me, but maybe others will find some things in the book a liiiittle bit disturbing.

But nevertheless, I "enjoyed" reading the book. It's a bit different from other books I've read so far (or different from romance/women's fiction).

edit after reading the book a second time: there were a lot typos. also: I still think there should be a trigger wa
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Melanie Robertson-King
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I’m a sucker for anything set in France so this one fit the bill right away. Couple that with the strange happenings at Amy’s farmhouse, Bellefontaine, and I HAD to read it.

Marie’s descriptive narrative drew me in right away and kept me turning the pages. I could visualize the places easily and her characters were strong and believable.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves books set in France with mystery and romance combined.
Julia Ibbotson
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, the setting was beautifully described and the story intriguing. My only issue was towards the end where it seemed to become a little farcical. But a well researched and absorbing novel.
Alice Doherty
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling and deeply mysterious read! I really enjoyed the romance between Amy and Fabien too.
Carol North
Well, I wasn’t expecting that! Reading the blurb, I thought this was going to be another single girl meets single aristocrat and they fall in love type of book. Wow! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Have you ever read a book that you can’t wait to find out what happens in the end but don’t want to finish? This is one of those books. The story is set in Provence and the beautiful description of some of the places had me doing searches on line to investigate the areas that Marie Laval writes about ...more
Coco
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Losing her job has given Amy the incentive to leave her old life and move to France. Using her redundancy she purchases an abandoned farmhouse in Provence and, with no previous experience, intends to renovate and run it as a small hotel.

On her arrival at her new home, there's not the welcome she'd hoped for, locals are unfriendly and anonymous threats begin to arrive. The owner of the neighbouring chateau hotel is extremely hostile, anticipating her business venture to fail and treating her wit
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Lizzie Lamb
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read this romantic suspense novel during the winter and lockdown I enjoyed being transported back to the summer. And a summer in Provence at that. Amy has been made redundant and bravely decides to strike out on her own, buying Bellefontaine and trying to make a commercial success of it. Ms Laval’s description of the interior of the chateau made me want to book a room straightaway ! That was until that a rabbit is nailed to the chateau’s back door and lights start appearing at the bottom ...more
Paula
Apr 19, 2020 added it
This is my testimony about Dr OKITI who help me.... am sorry for putting this on net but i will have to by this world top spell caster that brought back my husband which left me out for past 3 years, i eventually met this man on a blog site posting by one of is client for help, i explained everything to him and he told me about a spell caster that he had heard about and he gave me an email address to write to the spell caster to tell him my problems. In just 2days, my husband was back to me. I j ...more
Debbie Southwell
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this under the title - Escape to the Little Chateau.
I love the way Marie adds history and mystery into her books and this one was no exception. Amy has decided to move to France and has bought a lovely old house for which she is going to turn into a small scale hotel. Unfortunately others may not want her to be very successful and so this book takes us on a journey of what appears to be nightmares and forgetfulness but in fact is reality and evil at work.
Luckily Amy had the wonderfully ha
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Isabelle D
This may look like a light, summery read, but the scary things that start happening to Amy when she opens a guesthouse in a pretty Provençal village, disregarding rumours of a curse on the place she now calls home, makes it suitable for a near-Halloween publication. And it may be easy to figure out who the "bad guys" are, but the plot is still full of little surprises. I greatly enjoyed it... also because, as it's a romance, I knew that, no matter how much danger they would have to face, both Am ...more
Isobel
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of Marie Laval's books that I have read and each time she evokes a place so well that you are truly immersed. In Little Pink Taxi there is grey, cold Scotland in winter and in Escape to the Little Chateau there is warm, light France in summer, real opposites. The book develops quickly from a fairly standard set of circumstances into an interesting and excitingly different story. Using the history of the area where the book is set and real touches of French life that visitors do ...more
Sally Coles
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Amy gets made redundant she decides to follow her heart and buys a lovely old house in the forests of Provence to turn into a B&B, but once she arrives it is suddenly not the idyll she was expecting. From the start she faces hostility, threats and and a sinister undercurrent of the occult with stories of human sacrifice, hidden temples and lost treasure..... her gorgeous neighbour, the Duc, seems to be there to help her at every turn but can she trust him or is he part of the cult?

A great s
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Elizabeth Gayle
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escape to the Little Chateau

This book is very surprising in a good way. The story took twists and turns I didn’t expect. The main characters are not what you expect at the beginning of the book. The stories of all the old fountains is intriguing. Amy is strong and determined lady, who is totally honest and not easily intimidated. Through the going’s on of the town, the home she purchased it would normally frighten most folks but she tried to find solutions instead of letting the fear get to her
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Gill
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this book – the plot was substantial, interesting, and surprisingly quite believable, all written in a flowing, easy to read and professional style. There is some fairly explicit sexual detail – which I don’t need and easily skipped, and a bit of gore, but not much. I did realise who the main villain was very early on, but it didn’t matter. Here is another place that Ms Laval has created that I would like to visit personally! A very pleasant interlude in the French countryside when w ...more
Donna Morgan
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy Carter is the new owner of Bellefontaine – a chateau which has a sinister past and is linked to sacred deities and curses. From the first day she arrives, she is plagued by bad luck and it seems that someone is out to ruin her business and make her leave. She also has nightmares and wakes up in the middle of the nearby forest with her nightdress torn after dreaming of being kidnapped. Will she ever find out why this is all happening to her? There are many twists and turns to this story & I c ...more
Barbara
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story about starting a new life in France. Amy is starting her own hotel when love and hate intervene. The story weaves ancient history with contemporary life in a scary manner. I loved how the author made both Amy and myself distrust what was happening. The portrayal of the beginning of Amy's new life was totally believable, but the horror interlaced would put anyone off of doing it! Meeting Fabian would however be a major bonus, what a hero! An exceptionally well written book w ...more
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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie studied History and Law at university there before moving to Lancashire in England where she worked in a variety of jobs, from PA in a busy university department to teacher of French in schools and colleges. Writing, however, was always her passion, and she spends her free time making up stories. She writes contemporary and historical romance. Her titles inclu ...more

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