A warm, witty and wildly romantic read set in the sizzling south of France…
When Cat Hayes impulsively marries a handsome, penniless French waiter in St Tropez, she didn’t realise she’d be widowed in just a few weeks. Neither did she know that her late husband was actually Oliver Ducasse, heir to the Ducasse perfume empire. Invited by the Ducasse family to their glamorous French mansion, Cat finds a family in chaos. What’s more she’s regarded her with suspicion and hostility, especially by Olivier’s playboy cousin Xavier. Will she run for the hills as fast as her high heels can carry her? Or will she realise that she is exactly what this mixed-up family truly needs?
The book starts out in a beautifully suspenseful manner, though not in the traditional sense. No murder, no mystery yet a suspense nonetheless. Although it was a little bit sense confusing in the beginning to keep the entire Ducasse family and their friends straight and not confuse them for each other, it was a book that I couldn’t bear to put down once I’d started it. The story is beautifully written and Sasha Wagstaff has brought out each characters thoughts and emotions wonderfully. It’s kind of confusing in the first chapters since the point of view switches once in a while, but in general, the entire book is written in 3rd person intimate (I’m guessing that’s what you call it.)
The story takes on the journey of Cat Hayes, an impulsive level-headed advertising genius who recently married and was widowed a little while after her marriage. Her marriage was impulsive in the best considering she married a ‘penniless’ and ‘orphaned’ French waiter she had met on her vacation in St. Topaz. She finds out after his death that he’s (Oliver) the heir of a multi-million perfume company and that he’s not as alone as he had told her. She meets his family and finds them to be more broken than she thought. With Oliver’s cousins, sister, dad and overbearing and controlling grandmother Cat finds out that one small ingredient in a perfume can change it from ordinary to something unforgettable.
This book is aimed at teens, however even teen books have age limits and I wouldn’t suggest reading this if you aren’t good at handling rated scenes (although it’s not that graphic) because it is present. On the plus side, this is light reading and, therefore, is a perfect way to de-stress yourself after a long week. There are some sad parts in the book and some that lie on the border of angst but overall, this book will allow you to cuddle up on the couch or bed with a warm/cold cup of coffee and just read it through. The author has written it in such a way that you will find yourself lost in the characters and smiling
and laughing at the entire family’s exploits.
Rating: 3.5 Stars