Book Review: A French Pirouette, by Jennifer Bohnet

Au revoir old life, Bonjour Brittany!

a french pirouetteParisian prima ballerina Suzette knows it’s time to hang up her pointe shoes before her next injury ruins her ankles for good. But dancing is all she’s ever known and she’s terrified of who she’ll be after that final curtain falls.

Meanwhile, lonely Londoner Libby is pouring her life savings into buying an auberge that she and her late husband had loved visiting on holiday. It’s a huge risk that could leave her broke…as well as broken-hearted.

And then there’s Brigitte who’s retired to the village for a slower pace of life, but who dreads seeing someone else run her beloved auberge.

Three fresh starts…one unforgettable summer!


There wasn’t a thing I didn’t love about this book from the moment I first saw it. As a ballet dancer since the age of two and a lover of all things french, A French Pirouette sounded absolutely wonderful, and it had a beautiful cover to top it all off.

Thankfully, this gorgeous book did not disappoint! It is an utterly charming tale of self-discovery and new beginnings.

Suzette’s ballet career is drawing to an end, and sustaining any more injuries may bring that end sooner than she’d like. But where does she go from there? She needs an escape, somewhere to recuperate and decide what to do, somewhere where no one knows who she is.

She’s not the only one looking to escape, as recently widowed Libby is also looking for a fresh start. Her late husband and her had always loved the idea of life in France, so when the auberge they’ve always visited goes up for sale, it seems like an opportunity too good to lose, but can she really do it on her own?

Brigitte on the other hand has always loved running the auberge, and while her husband is more than ready to settle down into a quiet and peaceful retirement, Brigette struggles to let go of their old life.

The three women are all very different, but every one of them loveable, as they each find themselves at a turning point, where they have decisions to be made and new directions to take. This book is a dream to read as their lives intertwine, and they discover friendship, love and themselves. I will definitely be reading more of Jennifer Bohnet’s books!

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Release date: 02 January 2015
Publisher: Carina UK
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