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Christmas at the Chateau

(A French Escape #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  756 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A Christmas she’ll remember forever…

Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical.

There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of secret treasure hunt from gorgeou

Kindle Edition, 49 pages
Published December 1st 2019 by One More Chapter
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Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the first book in the French Escape series and had a moment between decorating to read this latest installment. It's a very short novella, a holiday romance set in France, hence the title. It is everything you want for in a holiday quick read: short, fast paced, sweet and romantic. If you have a moment this season, put this one your list. You'll be glad you did. ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
3 stars - was okay. I liked bits of this more than others so I’m giving it a three star instead of a two. I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on the previous book. Felt okay to me to read as a stand alone. Quick read for sure.
This story was short, sweet, festive, and French! A small book with a big heart! This is the second book in the French Escape series and although I think it could be read as a standalone I think I enjoyed it more because I had read the previous book. Poppy and Leo met and fell in love in the first book. Now it is Poppy’s first Christmas in France and she is filled with holiday cheer and insecurities. It’s like she can’t believe that Leo actually loves her, this did get a little tedious but I ge ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet and romantic little story this was, and its a perfect follow up to Poppy's Place in the Sun.

It was great to be back in France with Poppy and her trio of adorable dogs, and Leo and his Chateau. Although I couldn't fully remember everything from the original story, bits started to come back to me as I read this, and equally I do think this would work well as a cute standalone festive short story.

It's romantic, its got animals, it has a treasure hunt, and I loved the emails that Popp
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute, heart-warming Christmas novella woven in just 49 pages. I was honestly surprised by how strong and beautiful the story actually is. This little book filled me to the brim with cozy, warm feelings and I am quite happy that I read this book.

This is my first book from the author, Lorraine Wilson but this certainly won’t be my last. I must admit I wished I had read the previous book before reading this book but I can assure you that this book can be read as a standalone no problem. It did take
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is my first book from the author, Lorraine Wilson but this certainly won’t be my last. I will definitely be reading the first book in this series, Poppy's Place in the Sun so I get all the background on the characters in this novella. I was able to enjoy this book, reading it as a stand alone though. This was a cute, heart-warming Christmas novella that definitely piqued my interest. This was a cozy romance that, even though it was very short, contained a complete story. This story is about ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
There was a whole chapter about her three dogs, Pickwick, Peanut and Treacle, and then in chapter 2 she introduces Barney, who was not mentioned before. I had the feeling this was a rushed writing job. There was no real plot or story and I ended it with the feeling that I had, somehow, been cheated.
Eszter Felei
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy it very much. Characters are plain and don't seem to be very interesting. The story is short and I couldn't manage to connect with any of the characters. It is read fast and easy, but that's all. ...more
Reet Singh
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An interesting take on Christmas and a great style of story-telling - check this one out, folks. Short read, entertaining.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very quick read. I enjoyed it as I love all things French, dogs and Christmas! This romance contained all three. It did not contain any “spicy” love scenes. It was an Englishwoman in France at Christmas who finds a love and wonders if he loves her too. I loved learning of the tradition of 13 desserts, something I could definitely enjoy. The treasure hunt was fun too.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful holiday short story!

Great characters, lovely plot, and set a Christmas - the perfect combination. Plus some cute pets make it just right.
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Netgalley, and One More Chapter for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Oh my gosh thank goodness this was a short story because it was too much cuteness to handle more than that! I think having short story holiday novels are such a nice little palate cleanser in b
Tasha Mahoney
This sweet, quick, festive read was a joy to behold and I read it curled up with a coffee surrounded by my Christmas decorations. Bliss.

I have not read the previous book in the series and I do think that this would have made this an even more enjoyable story but, none-the-less I enjoyed my coffee-break, Christmas visit to France.

If you have time then I would start with Poppy’s Place in the Sun, (Poppy, Leo and the dogs, are fabulous, and their story began in Poppy’s Place in the Sun.) but if you
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Brilliant read

This was the first novel I have read by the author and it certainly won't be the last! It had me hooked on it straight away, from the dogs to the treasure hunt you can picture it all playing in your mind as you read. The author has written this book beautifully , I don't think I can fault it, the characters were easy to warm to and easy to picture in your mind. Roll on the next book in the series!!
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The perfect bitesized book to get you feeling festive!

This was, in my opinion, the perfect length and really made we want to go make some hot chocolate and sit and read under a blanket. Exactly what I was looking for at this time of year!
Mafalda Teixeira
Quick holiday romance story, set in France! Very Christmassy and adorable
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love at the chateau

Cute romantic Christmas story with delightful scenery. Enjoyed the treasure hunt and I'm glad her mom was wrong about Leo. Quick read.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: __ebook, _english
I was wondering why this book was so boring, but then I got it:
* Nothing ever happens in it.*
You'll get to read the thoughts of the heroine like 90% of the time. And they are not interesting.
The setting, Christmas in a snowy French village, is nice. That's why 2 stars :D
Megan | Bookstacks 'n Golden Moms
I'm going to start with Poppy. She's the main character and shows up earlier in Poppy's Place in the Sun (the first book in this series). Recommendation - read that one first. It's where Poppy meets her French sweetheart, Leo, and the entire story starts. I think this is one of those books where the novella would make a great deal more sense.

ANYHOO . . . Poppy. The girl is weird. The first impression I got of her (other than she adores her dogs!) is that she's very insecure. To be fair, the las
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a little confession to make. Although I have a couple of Lorraine's books in my ever increasing 'to be read' mountain, I haven't actually read one...…..until now that is. After having read and loved 'Christmas At The Chateau' as much as I did, I am now cross that I left it this long to discover how flipping fantastic an author Lorraine is. I can guarantee that those books on that 'TBR' mountain will not be there for very much longer and I fully intend to get hold of copies of her other bo ...more
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A Christmassy novella, full of feel-good vibes.

Poppy decision to spend her first Christmas in France isn't a popular one with her family. Her boyfriend, Leo's father is unwell so it's more practical for them to spend the holiday at his family's château. She's looking forward to embracing new traditions and exploring the area to discover how they celebrate. Yet, despite her outward optimism, she's worried about how secure her future is in this beautiful part of the world.

I read this in one sitt
Claire Davis
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have given Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A sweet, fun and detailed novella. Wilson’s descriptive writing really drew me into this story, she managed to set the Christmassy, snowy scene perfectly. I really liked the sound of the characters that we meet in this novella, especially Sophie; she seemed like a very interesting person to learn more about. The two main characters this novella is focused on are called Poppy and Leo. Their relationship looks
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, how absolutely gorgeous is that cover? That is such an idyllic Christmas scene, that I'd just love to go to the chateau! This is Poppy's first Christmas with her new man Leo, her life having changed dramatically since last Christmas, and she's spending it with him at his chateau in France. I haven't read the first book in the French Escape series (Poppy's Place in the Sun) but there was enough background covered, particularly in the opening chapter through an email to give an idea ...more
Jane Hunt
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

A charming sequel to Poppy's Place in the Sun, its almost Christmas, and Poppy is looking forward to Christmas at the Chateau with Leo. Poppy is in love and suffering from all the insecurities that go with that state of mind. Her emails with her friend keep her positive, which is just as well as her mother is less than supportive.

There are lovely animals in this story, which provide humour and sentimental moments. The story is incredibly romantic and manages to tell a lovely festive tale in a fe
A cute book of less than 50 pages well heralding the festivity of Christmas and portraying the love in the hearts delightfully.

This was the sequel. So I had not read book 1, so understanding the characters was a bit difficult for me. First Christmas for Poppy with Leo at his Chateau. Different emotions came through in the prose via the emails to best friend and mom. A treasure hunt made love more precious.

My first book by Lorraine Wilson, the writing brought out the cuteness of this story. I l
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, france, christmas
Having enjoyed Lorraine Wilson’s novel Poppy's Place in the Sun, I couldn’t wait to read Christmas at the Chateau that takes us back to Poppy's life in France for a seasonal catch up.

I loved this quick read that perfectly complements the first book and gives us a 'pocket' version of Poppy, complete with her insecurities, quirky arty ways and overbearing mother. Poppy and Leo’s romance is on fire, in fact things are not normally that steamy in the first chapter of my usual reads, but Leo’s Christ
Christine Galletly
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is a nice relaxing read that was a great way to pass a bit of time as it is a fairly quick read with it being novella length. I liked the character development and the worked well with the story.

I thought that the plot was well developed but it was a little slow in places for me so that has dropped my rating from 5 stars down to 4 stars but it was still an enjoyable read but personally I would have liked a little more 'action'. It was a nice read for
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first met Poppy and her little pack of rescue dogs when I read and reviewed Poppy’s Place In The Sun. It was lovely to see that she had moved on and was now head over heels in love with Leo the hunky French vet.

It’s now Christmas and Poppy will be spending it at a magnificent chateau owned by Leo’s parents. I thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the different French Christmas traditions. Unfortunately for Poppy her interfering mother is far from happy not to have her home for Christmas and Po
Caroline Venables
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely short read at only 49 pages it is perfect for a coffee break. It is the follow up to Poppy’s Place in the Sun but can easily be read as a standalone. I hadn’t read the first book but easily read this.

Poppy is spending Christmas with her boyfriend, Leo at his chateau, what could possibly go wrong? A throwaway comment by Poppy turns Leo colder than the winter weather, which in turn makes her worry about their future.

There is a lot to like about this comfy Christmas read.
Randy Tramp
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poppy is looking to her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. There are new traditions to discover, a cozy Christmas market to explore, and best of all, a promise of a secret treasure hunt from Leo. The clues take Poppy on a tour of the chateau, each place holding special memories for her and Leo – their first date, their first kiss, the list goes on.

Great story for putting one in the "Christmas" season. I enjoyed it.
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I live in Wiltshire, England, with my husband but love to travel and have lived in four continents. From playing amidst Roman ruins in Africa as a child to riding a Sultan's racehorse in the Middle East as a teen, I've many experiences to draw on for the stories I've been writing ever since I can remember. When I'm not writing you'll find me listening to audiobooks while I sew or design handbags, ...more

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“Still, I’m going to have lots of new French traditions to get acquainted with, including the treize desserts – yes, literally thirteen puddings, and if you don’t have a taste of all of them it’s bad luck supposedly so of course I’ll have to do my bit to ensure good luck for the new year.” 0 likes
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