Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review: George's Grand Tour by Caroline Vermalle

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Gallic Books, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Here's a perfect book for Summer reading, coming out next month:

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At the age of eighty-three, retired butcher George Nicoleau is about to set off on the greatest adventure of his life. George and his neighbor Charles have long dreamt of a road trip, driving the 3,500 kilometres that make up the stages of the Tour de France. And now that George's over-protective daughter has gone to South America, it's time to seize the moment.
But just when he feels free of family ties, George's granddaughter Adèle starts calling him from London, and he finds himself promising to text her as he travels around France, although he doesn't even know how to use a mobile.
George is plagued by doubts, health worries, and an indifference to modern technology. And yet—might the journey still prove to be everything he had hoped for?

This is alight book, perfect for reading outside on a sunny day, while picnicing, or at the beach! It's a simple story about how we're never too old to get out of our comfort zone and have an adventure. It is touching in how a relationship unfolds between modern granddaughter Adele, and traditional George, as he sets off on his unapproved of adventure, and how the use of text messaging about the trip is what binds them initially. The texts end up meaning so much more to each of them, than they realize, as they find out more about each other along the journey. The characters are very believable, the book is a light and quick read, and with maps included, you'll be cheering for the dynamic duo to finish their trek, as you are reading along! It is also a charming reminder to not let family relationships slide by, but to cherish them! So if you're looking for a lovely book to while the hours away with, be sure to pick up this one!

About the Author
Caroline Vermalle writes in French and in English. She worked as a producer for the BBC prior to becoming a writer. She is currently somewhere around the globe, traveling with her husband and son.

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