Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

Today I am delighted to be hosting the Random Things blog tour for Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas


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 Ollie.

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her new-found passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.

Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

My thoughts

This was an absolute delight and very much needed piece of escapism. Never before have we needed to use the power of books to transport us to new places and that’s exactly what Jo does for us in Escape to the French Farmhouse. Suddenly I was in a small village in Provence alongside Del in her crumbling but extremely charming French farmhouse alongside a whole host of warm, engaging characters. I could almost smell the lavender and early morning pastries as Jo drew me into this lovely, lovely story.

I was rooting for Del right from the start and the moment she decided to let Ollie return to England on his own…and oh boy did she need to leave him! Such a brave decision and one that I admired. She knew that neither of them were happy and I loved the spontaneity of her decision. Although she does have her doubts along the way but It isn’t long before Del begins to learn more about her neighbours and is getting involved in her local community.

This is an uplifting, delicious novel that will sweep you away to the french countryside where good food, friendship and love are always on the menu. A story about starting again, kindness and the hope for a brighter future. It made me smile, laugh and felt like a big hug that warmed me from the inside out whilst I sat reading on a chilly day in May. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely people at Transworld for the review copy via Netgalley. It was an absolute delight from start to finish and I can now look forward to reading more from Jo’s back catalogue. 🙂

Escape to the French Farmhouse is available now in ebook and will be published in paperback and audiobook in August 2020.

About the author

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

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Follow Jo on Twitter at @jo_thomas01

Categories: Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Friendship, Love, Personal and Social Issues, Relationship Stories, Review, Romance, Summer Reads

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1 reply

  1. Thanks so much for the blog tour support Shelley x

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