Sea of Memories


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Sue Tedenreply
May 6, 2018 at 8:34 am

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.

Fiona Valpyreply
May 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm
– In reply to: Sue Teden

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

July 2, 2018 at 10:19 am

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

Fiona Valpyreply
July 2, 2018 at 10:38 am
– In reply to: Wendy

Thank you Wendy – I’m so pleased! x

Tanya Ellisreply
August 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm

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

Fiona Valpyreply
September 5, 2018 at 7:34 am
– In reply to: Tanya Ellis

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

September 5, 2018 at 2:31 am

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

Fiona Valpyreply
September 5, 2018 at 7:36 am
– In reply to: Susan

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

September 13, 2018 at 4:40 am

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!!!!!!

Fiona Valpyreply
September 13, 2018 at 6:32 am
– In reply to: Lara

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

Andrew Marshreply
October 13, 2018 at 9:20 pm

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.

Fiona Valpyreply
October 14, 2018 at 9:07 am
– In reply to: Andrew Marsh

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,

Jean Marazisreply
December 29, 2018 at 8:06 am

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

Mary KIernanreply
March 23, 2019 at 12:18 pm

I haven’t been able to find whether Ella’s story in Sea of Memories is based on a real person. Was it?

Fiona Valpyreply
March 23, 2019 at 1:25 pm
– In reply to: Mary KIernan

Dear Mary,

No, Ella’s story is entirely fictional. I was inspired to write the book after listening to my grandmother’s reminiscences about Edinburgh in the war years, and I lived in France for several years so was able to knit these two settings together as the backdrop to Ella’s life. I have also tried to make any references to historical events as accurate as possible. But the characters and their lives are of my own making.

With best wishes,

Yvonne Melfordreply
August 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm

I have just finished reading Sea of Memories. And must leave a review of this beautiful book. The style and mix of era’s is so perfect. I admit to both shedding a tear, & wanting to visit the island!

Fiona Valpyreply
August 1, 2019 at 5:47 pm
– In reply to: Yvonne Melford

Thank you Yvonne, I’m so pleased to know how hunch you enjoyed it.

With best wishes,

January 16, 2021 at 3:58 pm

I’ve just finished reading The French for Christmas and have loved every word of it. What a beautiful story and I was transported to France through your wonderful descriptions of the house and the hamlet. It made me smile and it made me cry but best of all were your descriptions of the market, the food and menus. I’m inspired once again to get cooking.
Earlier this summer I read Memories of the Sea and once again I was transported to Ile De Re, somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. A fabulous book which would make a wonderful TV play.
Thank you.

Fiona Valpyreply
January 17, 2021 at 8:38 am
– In reply to: Jacki

Hello Jacki, thank you for your kind words. I’m so pleased you’ve been enjoying my books and doing a spot of armchair travelling!

Keep safe and well.
Best wishes,

Joyce Taylorreply
April 21, 2021 at 5:53 pm

Our Bookclub read A sea of Memories. We all loved the book but had differing opinions about the relationship between Ella and Christophe. Was a sexual relationship implied?

Fiona Valpyreply
April 22, 2021 at 8:17 am
– In reply to: Joyce Taylor

Hi Joyce, I’m glad to hear how much you all loved Sea of Memories. The answer to your question is that it’s up to each individual reader to decide. Their relationship was so innocent at the beginning, and based on a deeper love at the end. But as for what happened in between… imagine two young people spending a summer night in the dunes by the beach, beneath a canopy of stars and the answer will come to you!
With best wishes,

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