This review is written with thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for my copy of What Happens In France.
Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.
With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.
Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…
This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.
My only experience of Carol Wyer’s writing are her police novels featuring Robyn Carter and Natalie Ward, so I was interested to see how she handles the lighter side of fiction, and I’m mightily impressed. The premise of a game show is incredibly inventive, and I loved reading about Bryony and Lewis’ adventures as they tackled the weird and wonderful challenges demanded of them. There is lots of humour in these situations which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Bryony and Lewis are joined by a great bunch of characters on the game show, and I really enjoyed finding out more about their lives too. There’s Oscar, a dancer who goes everywhere with his dog, and Jim who spends a lot of time with his family and caring for his disabled wife. There’s the presenter, Professor Potts, whose public persona is very different to his personality, and the producers who try to keep everything running smoothly. They all have their own stories and provide humour and things to think about in equal measure.
As with most chick lit novels, there are some more serious subjects in What Happens In France underneath the comedy. I was fascinated by Bryony’s search for her sister and the reasons why she may have left. I have also never come across Sydenham’s Chorea before, and so was Interested in the symptoms and how they affected Bryony and the people around her.
What Happens In France is available from Amazon.