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Escape to the French Farmhouse

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,716 ratings  ·  215 reviews

Can she find her recipe for happiness?

Del and her husband Ollie moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier…a new life in France – without Oll

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 7th 2020 by Transworld Digital
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Irena BookDustMagic
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
If you know me you know I love Jo Thomas. I often say she's my favourite author because her books always put smile on my face and warm my heart.

What I appreciate the most about Thomas' novels is that they are filled with hope.
They are always stories about women who start again, and find the love/success.

Escape to the French Farmhouse is not an exception. It follows our main character Del who leaves her husband and starts again, and eventually finds hope, love, new friends and starts new business
Lavender and love. Jo Thomas has woven together a beautiful tale of second chances, scrumptious baking, and charming characters. Del and her husband Ollie moved to a charming farmhouse in Provence for a new start. When things don’t go quite to plan Ollie decides to move back to the UK. But Del decide she needs a fresh start away from Ollie and stays behind in France. Determined to assimilate to the French Village life Del begins baking with local Lavender and takes in a villager in need. What fo ...more
Every now and again it's nice to read a happy, sun-filled novel where people are kind and courageous and take care of each other. Escape to the French Farmhouse is just such a book.

After failing several rounds of IVF, Del and her husband Ollie moved to Provence to start a new life. Six weeks later, with nothing working out the way Ollie expected, they are packing to move back to England. But when it's time to say goodbye to the farmhouse they've bought, Del realises she doesn't want to go back
I'm torn by this novel, the grumpy cynical side of me says this is a typical rose-coloured glasses view of living in a foreign country where the locals are only too happy to help out a complete stranger, just because they smile and attempt to speak the language. Even the attempts at showing that not everything is picturesque is done in a soft-focus way.

And yet the other half of me, the one that wells up when she sees a 99 year old man walking round his garden to raise money for the National Heal
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is the first I have read by Jo Thomas and I have certainly been missing out on something with this hugely talented author. Yet again it is another case of me walking around in a bubble – I really must get out of that much-loved bubble I love her easy escapist, up-lifting and heart-warming writing. The story is like an unmarked chocolate box, inside is full of delicious surprises.
Doesn’t everyone have the dream of leaving your city life behind and moving to the beautiful French countryside?
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, 2020
Always a wonderfully warm read from Jo Thomas set in Provence. Del's move to the farmhouse takes an unexpected turn and she tries to turn her life around. She finds a wonderful book full of lavender recipes and builds up her fields, alongside filling her new home with hope and happiness. I really felt as though I could have moved in and enjoyed the book from the inside! ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book of rolling countryside filled with lavender boughs where each scene brought a twinkle to the eye and a smile on my face. Author Jo Thomas was brilliant in the book where she dipped her quill in the ink of hope and second chances and wrote this lilting tale of redemption and finding oneself. The book was pure happiness.

Del moved with her husband Ollie to the village in Provence, but after 6 weeks, they decided to return home. But Del saw the end of the line of her relationship an
Nicola Clough
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to read this book early and I’m so grateful that I did as it’s simply amazing such a great read and has you hooked and makes you feel are in the sunshine in France. It’s a warm heartwarming read and full of starting over and baking and romance and making new friends. The characters are brilliant.
Del and her husband Ollie have been living in a run down cottage in the Provence of France in a small village but after six weeks they decide to pack up and move back to England. As they are
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! What a wondrous, sunshine-drenched, inspiring and wholly evocative read this was. From the glorious setting of Provence to the magnificent foodie delights and entertaining characters of this tale, I adored ‘Escape to the French Farmhouse’ and savoured every last page of it, much like I was eating a homely, delicious meal made by Henri in his gorgeous little bistro himself. If escapism is what you’re after, then there’s no need to look any further because this story has it all. Jo Thomas w ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This has a real feel good factor.
The characters are engaging and the story rolls along at a pleasant pace.
Well worth a read especially if you are feeling down in the dumps.
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A treat for all the senses as were a transported to a French farmhouse, which is situated on a lavender farm, filled with delicious bakes, lavender infused cooking and for the heart a potential new romance.

It's a story filled with friends old and new, and a rather brave lady Del who decides she will stay in Provence alone, instead of going back with her husband, having realised the relationship has run its course.

I loved how instead of Del mixing with the ex-pat community, she went out of her
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘I may not have everything I want in life, but I’ve got a lot that makes me smile. I have enough to be content.’

Every now and again you just need that ‘breather’ of a book. You know the type ... one that whisks you away where the sun is shining, people support each other and new ventures are undertaken. Escape to the French Farmhouse is just the fresh air I was searching for.

‘I get out my pastry and take a bite. I shut my eyes and enjoy the moment, which takes me back to a time when food was fun
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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What a lovely book. Quite serious topics explored but with the deft of hand and skillful writing that is Jo Thomas. You really need to get yourself to Provence. I was cheering Del on from the start! You go girl!
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed the first half, very feel good and happy but found the second half too cheesy, predictable and trashy
Jenn Webley
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully enchanting adventure in an idyllic, dreamy French setting.

Jo Thomas is one of my absolute ‘go-to’ authors, I’m always swept away to a glorious destination with fantastic characters, and a heart-warming tale – oh some of the most divine, mouth-watering foods and drink.

Escape to the French Farmhouse is uplifting, emotional and a delight to read. I devoured it in almost one setting and it the story stayed with me for days after I’d finished. Jo Thomas transported me and the writing
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jo Thomas will always be one of my favourite authors, I love her style of writing and as always her beautiful cover has drew me in. As well as the cover, the blurb sounded idyllic - France and baking, what more could you want?

This one took a little longer than usual to get into. At first I wasn't sure where it was going to go but the more I read the more I adored Del and what she was doing for herself. She was all alone in France, after refusing to go back to a lifeless marriage and the UK with
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas is such an enjoyable read. We are taken to the incredible life of Provence in France which many of us dream of us doing. The setting, scenery and atmosphere is captured so vividly in the book that I actually felt that I was in France!

For Del moving abroad is such a huge life changing event but she takes the opportunity with both hands, grabbing every aspect of French life and getting involved with her new village community, lifestyle, neighbourhood and
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have the ultimate respect for Jo Thomas as an author. It doesn't matter where her novels take place, the images she creates in her text are so vivid and descriptive, you can see yourself there, almost picture-perfect. The last book of hers I read featured Sweden (A Winter Beneath the Stars) and I just wanted to head off there. This book, set in Provence, France, was just as vivid. The theme running through the book was lavender, it was used for baking, for oils etc. and it was grown, the descr ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a delight from beginning to end! I have never been to Provence but I now feel as though I know exactly how it feels – the warm sunshine on my face, the mistral wind sweeping through from time to time, the scent of lavender hanging in the air, and best of all – the food! I long for a bowl of moules marinière, boeuf bourguinon, a freshly baked baguette or flaky croissant. And I want to taste the exquisite lavender cookies the heroine bakes in her farmhouse kitchen. Add in courage, ki ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
After moving to France in an attempt to save their marriage, after just six weeks Del and Ollie are packed up and ready to leave for the home they left back in the UK. However, after years of fertility issues, failed IVF treatments and a supposed one off affair had by Ollie, Del decides that she wants to stay in France, without Ollie! Escape to the French Farmhouse tells Del's story of seeking happiness in a new home, building a new life, baking divine goodies and finding a different kind of fam ...more
Jo Shaw
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Given the current situation in the world under lockdown, I find myself constantly drawn to escapist novels that allow me to travel from the comfort of my armchair. This book could not have been more perfect nor more timely for me. The vibrancy with which Jo Thomas wrote this book created a world so vivid that I could picture myself inside the pages, enjoying a glass of wine (or perhaps a sparkling water as I do not drink wine!), my skin warmed by the sun, surrounded by the sights and smells of t ...more
Alison Winter
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story about second chances, well worth a read.
Catherine Raitt
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Loved this book. Still my usual genre, but a different author. Might source another of hers.
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written and wonderfully evocative tale of renewal, new beginnings and healing from the past, Jo Thomas’ Escape to the French Farmhouse sparkles with joy, hope, humour and heart.

Del and her husband Ollie have had a difficult couple of months. The bottom had fallen out of Del’s world when her beloved mother had died, leaving her heartbroken and devastated. Del had hoped that by trying for a baby she would fill the emptiness her mother’s death left behind, but when the doctors informe
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book loved the storyline this book was such a heartwarming book really enjoyed it
Charlotte (Escapades of a Bookworm)
Reviews can also be found on my blog Escapades of a BookwormI received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Escape to the French Farmhouse is the perfect escapism that you need in your life now. The descriptions are vivid, the setting gorgeous and it is written so beautifully that you can imagine yourself in the Farmhouse with Del.

One theme running through the book was Lavender. Lavender for ba
Emma Crowley
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jo Thomas is the queen of being able to whisk you away to a completely different place from where you are and making you feel as if you are transported to another world away from all the trouble and strife that is ongoing at the moment. We really need these kinds of reads now more than ever and in her latest book, Escape to the French Farmhouse, she certainly succeeds in providing her readers with another story that you can readily lose yourself in. It's escapist reading at its very best and I t ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Escape to the French Farmhouse" begins with a kick when Della, our main character, decides that her marriage is actually over and, even though she has packed all the things and the removal van is already there, and her husband Ollie waits for her in the car, she's not going back to the UK. So Del chooses to stay in France. Without Ollie but with Ralph, the dog she got from her husband after another failed IVF. On her own, Del quickly makes friends with some locals and to be able to pay the rent ...more
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book 5.5 stars if it were possible!

I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you to the blog tour organiser, author, publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This book depicts the essence of France and this is what makes it so special and different. I have read so many books set in France that just don't have that special "Frenchness" or as we would say that "je ne sais quoi" about them, b
Erica Robbin
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, romance, fiction
FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

Such a great book for the perfect reading escape!

I loved this book, all the components. As far as the story goes there were elements of connection, community, and belonging interlaced with real life challenges and celebrations that were relatable on so many levels.

The author brought forth all the emotion in jus
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