An update about ‘The French for…’ trio of books

Rights to the first three books I ever wrote – The French for Love, The French for Always and The French for Christmas – have been bought by Lake Union Publishing. I’m delighted to announce that these three novels are going to be re-issued under the umbrella of the ESCAPE TO FRANCE series on 1st September 2022.

While the storylines remain basically unchanged, it has given me the opportunity to refresh and re-edit these books. These new editions have also been given new titles and beautiful new covers.

The French for Love – where it all started – becomes Light Through the Vines.

The French for Always – continuing the story of a tight-knit community in the south-west of France – becomes The Season of Dreams.

And The French for Christmas – introducing some new characters and re-visiting many familiar ones – becomes The Recipe for Hope.

All will be available in paperback, e-book and audiobook formats and can be pre-ordered here from today:

Light Through the Vines – Paperback | Kindle – Paperback | Kindle

The Season of Dreams

The Recipe for Hope


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

July 8, 2022 at 7:32 am

So thrilled about so much to look forward to! Thank you for all your hard work!!!!!

Fiona Valpyreply
July 8, 2022 at 7:46 am
– In reply to: Sibylle

Thank you Sibylle. Happy reading!
Best wishes,

Kitty noirotreply
August 30, 2022 at 11:10 pm
– In reply to: Fiona Valpy

What are you signing on the cover of The Beekeepers Promise? My friend says it’s ‘safe travels’ but I can’t find its meaning. Thank you for responding.

Fiona Valpyreply
August 31, 2022 at 8:26 am
– In reply to: Kitty noirot

Hi Kitty,

Thank you for your message. The hand signal on the cover of THE BEEKEEPER’S PROMISE doesn’t have a significant meaning, although I like to think it’s the sign for love. I do like your friend’s suggestion too, which would be very relevant in the context of the story.

With best wishes,

Julia Johnsreply
July 8, 2022 at 8:31 am

How exciting, what fabulous news Fiona.

Fiona Valpyreply
July 8, 2022 at 11:45 am
– In reply to: Julia Johns

Thank you Julia!

July 8, 2022 at 11:47 am

Congratulations! Please will you let us know when Light through the Vines is confirmed? I’m looking forward to reading your stories. Also, from your descriptions it seems there might be an order to the books. Is that so? On Amazon it isn’t clear. Perhaps they are related but it isn’t necessary to choose one title before another? Thank you for sharing your happy news.

Fiona Valpyreply
July 8, 2022 at 3:06 pm
– In reply to: Rebecca

Thank you Rebecca. I’ll update the link on the page for Light Through the Vines and also let you know here once it goes live – should be very soon now!

The books can be read in any order, but I’d recommend you read them in the order they were written: 1) Light Through the Vines; 2) The Season of Dreams and 3) The Recipe for Hope. That way you’ll recognise the characters who appear in more than one book.

Have a good weekend!
Best wishes,

Fiona Valpyreply
August 12, 2022 at 10:08 am
– In reply to: Rebecca

Dear Rebecca,

As promised, here are the links to LIGHT THROUGH THE VINES – now available to pre-order…
Light Through the Vines on
Light Through the Vines on 
Best wishes,

Katie Bolandreply
July 9, 2022 at 7:33 am

This is great news. I look forward to reading all the books. Your books fill me with hope and joy. Thank you Fiona

Fiona Valpyreply
July 9, 2022 at 8:28 am
– In reply to: Katie Boland

I’m so happy to hear that Katie. Thank you!
Best wishes,

Helen Heronreply
August 11, 2022 at 6:25 pm


Fiona Valpyreply
August 12, 2022 at 9:58 am
– In reply to: Helen Heron

Thank you Helen. Not long to wait now!
All my best,

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