1, March 2018

Sea of Memories – out now!

1st March is publication day for Sea of Memories.
Thank you to all those who have already posted reviews, making it a 5-star rated bestseller.

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  1. AUTHORSue Teden

    on May 6, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I have just finished Sea of Memories. Every now and then you come across a book that is ‘unputdownable’, totally absorbing and you become as immersed in the story and characters as if you were part of it! This book is one of them! Chosen completely at random, this will be among my Top 5 reads.

    • AUTHORadmin

      on May 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Dear Sue,

      I’m absolutely delighted to hear that. Thank you so much for getting in touch and for this wonderful accolade.

      With best wishes,
      Fiona x

  2. AUTHORWendy

    on July 2, 2018 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I loved this book, read in 2 days, could not put it down, it made me smile and it made me cry, I did not want it to end, well written and a joy to read

    • AUTHORFiona Valpy

      on July 2, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Thank you Wendy – I’m so pleased! x

  3. AUTHORTanya Ellis

    on August 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    i loved this book and immediately started to look at campsites there next summer

    • AUTHORadmin

      on September 5, 2018 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Dear Tanya,

      I’m so pleased! The Ile de Re is still a magical place, even if it is a bit busier these days than it would have been when Ella first visited. I hope you get there and that you will enjoy it. Remember to look out for the salted caramel ice cream 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Fiona x

  4. AUTHORSusan

    on September 5, 2018 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Hi just read your book beekeepers promise on kindle but wasn’t able to leave a review, I’ve been bounced around in the tangle and couldn’t get back to the books page but wanted you to get this. PS, enjoyed the book immensely

    • AUTHORadmin

      on September 5, 2018 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Dear Susan,

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had problems leaving a review for The Beekeeper’s Promise, but am delighted to know how much you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for taking the time to get in touch and let me know here instead.

      With best wishes,
      Fiona x

  5. AUTHORLara

    on September 13, 2018 at 4:40 am - Reply

    Hi Fiona – I absolutely loved The Beekeepers Promise but Sea of Memories topped it!!!!! Best book I’ve read in a long time. What a beautiful story – literally had tears streaming reading the last few pages…..didn’t want it to end! Both such amazing stories – can’t wait for your next book!!!!!!

    • AUTHORadmin

      on September 13, 2018 at 6:32 am - Reply

      Dear Lara,

      I’m so delighted to hear from you and to know how much you’ve loved both The Beekeeper’s Promise and Sea of Memories.

      I’m hard at work on the next book right now. I can’t say much more at the moment, other than that it’s the sister book to The Beekeeper’s Promise, telling the story of what Mireille got up to in Paris in the war years and that it will be coming out next year.

      Thank you for getting in touch. And happy reading!
      All the best,
      Fiona x

  6. AUTHORAndrew Marsh

    on October 13, 2018 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Fiona!
    Please could you give me the chronology of your five books, as in publication dates?
    Do the books need to be read in chronological order?
    Thank you so much.

    • AUTHORadmin

      on October 14, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Dear Andrew,

      Thank you for getting in touch. The order in which I wrote the books is:
      1. The French for Love
      2. The French for Always
      3. The French for Christmas
      4. Sea of Memories
      5. The Beekeeper’s Promise
      The are all intended to be able to be read as stand-alone books, but having said that if you read them in order of publication you will see a thread of interconnected characters and overlapping lives (as in any community), and recognise some references and stories from the books that went before. The only exception to this is Sea of Memories, in which the characters and setting are entirely separate from the other 4 books.

      Happy reading, ad I hope you enjoy the books.
      With best wishes,

  7. AUTHORJean Marazis

    on December 29, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I have just finished reading Memories of the sea and I really loved it . I usualy only read true stories but I was looking for something different for a change and I was so pleasantly surprised to read your book l absolutely loved it and I have just got The French For love I hope this one is as good

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