Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Falling In Louvre. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and to the author for my copy of the book.
Bertrand is King of the Pigeons…
Unofficially. From his perch atop a gargoyle on Notre Dame cathedral, he surveys his kingdom. He sees Sylvie Cloutier, art lover and ex-antiques dealer, making dinner for her bullying husband Henri, trapped in their loveless marriage like a bird in a gilded cage. He sees security guard, hopeless romantic and bookworm Philippe Moreau cycling through the streets of Paris in his crumpled uniform, late (again) for his night shift at the museum.
When Sylvie begs her husband to let her go to work, he gets her a job as an evening cleaner at the Louvre. He thinks such a menial position will dispel any ideas about independence she might have, but his plan backfires when she falls in love with kind, gentle Philippe. They decide to run away together, but there’s a major problem: neither of them has any money.
One stormy night in the Louvre, the answer to their prayers falls into their lap… But is it really the solution, or just another, even bigger problem?
What follows is a romantic, wistful but madcap adventure through (and under) the city of lights, involving a stolen painting, an art heist in reverse, and Eric Cantona. Will love find a way?
I love Fiona Leitch’s writing and Falling In Louvre is no different. It is a little different to her previous books and it goes in a completely different direction to the one I expected but I absolutely loved this journey!
Our heroine is Sylvie and I warmed to her very quickly. I was obviously sympathetic to her abusive relationship with Henri (he really got under my skin and he made me want to jump inside the Kindle and shake him) but I also realised that Sylvie is a sparky, intelligent woman in her own right. There are several moments of humour, but I also appreciated the way Leitch looks at the very serious issue of domestic abuse in a very sensitive way. I also took Philippe to my heart, despite his questionable choice of life coach and I loved his relationship with Sylvie, really rooting for them in all aspects of the story.
Falling In Louvre is not a typical romance novel and there is also an underlying story which is full of tension as well as amusement. I really wanted to see how Sylvie and Philippe would resolve the situation and was totally sucked in to their story.
Falling In Louvre is available from Amazon.
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