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‘If you refuse and leave, you will have thrown away your son’s inheritance.’ With those words Nicola is blackmailed by Henri her ex-father-in-law, into moving to France with Oliver her young son.


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‘If you refuse and leave, you will have thrown away your son’s inheritance.’ With those words Nicola is blackmailed by Henri her ex-father-in-law, into moving to France with Oliver her young son.

30 review for French Legacy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    French Legacy is one of Jennifer Bohnet's earlier books, and having read some of her newer releases, I know she has written better. There is nothing at all wrong with French Legacy, and I did enjoy the story, but at the same time if felt like the book was missing some oomph. I got a real feeling for La Prouveresse, which was the farm that Henri, and the aunts Odette and Giselle live on. Henri has blackmailed Nicola into moving to the South of France, so that he can get to know his grandson Olive French Legacy is one of Jennifer Bohnet's earlier books, and having read some of her newer releases, I know she has written better. There is nothing at all wrong with French Legacy, and I did enjoy the story, but at the same time if felt like the book was missing some oomph. I got a real feeling for La Prouveresse, which was the farm that Henri, and the aunts Odette and Giselle live on. Henri has blackmailed Nicola into moving to the South of France, so that he can get to know his grandson Oliver better, after Henri's son, Oliver's father Marc died. When Marc died he was estranged from Henri, and divorced from Nicola, so there are all sorts of mixed emotions in the family, although Nicola and Oliver are trying to make a go of it in France. Nicola to try and get some distance from the family has bought a smallholding to do up, and has assorted decisions to make about her friendships with various men. Andrew is a friend from England who wants a lot more than friendship with Nicola, but Nicola seems to spend the majority of the time unable to make a decision, which really irritated me. French Legacy was easy enough to read, and I'm unsure whether its length is a blessing, or a shame, as if the book was longer, perhaps I would have felt like I cared about the characters more. It's around 220 pages, and it feels as though a lot of plot points were put into the book, but that they just weren't explored in enough detail. As a fan of Jennifer Bohnet, I'm glad I had a chance to read one of her books before her publishing contract with HQ Digital, but I think I will stick with her newer books in future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    French Legacy is by Jennifer Bohnet. It is an interesting book about the interactions of family life. Nicole Jaques received a note in the post from her ex-father-in-law, Henri telling or demanding her to come to France to discuss business and to be sure to bring Oliver, her son. She was angered by the tone of the note. She had gotten over being ordered to do things from this family. Her first reaction was to ignore it as she was finished with that part of her life. However, she showed it to her French Legacy is by Jennifer Bohnet. It is an interesting book about the interactions of family life. Nicole Jaques received a note in the post from her ex-father-in-law, Henri telling or demanding her to come to France to discuss business and to be sure to bring Oliver, her son. She was angered by the tone of the note. She had gotten over being ordered to do things from this family. Her first reaction was to ignore it as she was finished with that part of her life. However, she showed it to her thirteen-year-old son and he said he would like to visit. His father, Marc, had come home from a mission helping people when he suddenly asked for a divorce. He loved her; but he wanted a divorce as his job wasn’t fair to her. Despite an irratic schedule, he and Oliver managed to retain a relationship. On his last visit, he had told Oliver he wanted to take him to France to see his Papa; but before he could, Marc was killed. Nicole agreed to visit Henri and his two sisters in France at the school break. Upon arriving, Nicole wanted to get down to business; but Henri put her off getting to know his Grandson. When he finally told her that he wanted to make Oliver his heir, she thought he was generous. However, then he told her he wanted Oliver to come to live in France to get to know the culture and language better. If she wanted to come too, that would be fine with him. Stunned, Nicole thanked him for his offer; but turned it down. Oliver would live in England with her. Then Henri said he would tell Oliver that she had turned down his inheritance. Although she feared what Oliver would think if he were told, she told Henri that he would not control Oliver’s life like he did his Father’s. However, she would think about it. What would she have to do to move to France to be able to protect Oliver? She knew she would never let him come without her. If she decided to come over, what would she do?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Smitha Vasudevan

    The French Legacy is about a patriarch who has interfered too much in his son's life, driving him away. With his death, he reaches out to the grandson in England. Nicola does not want her son to lose her inheritance, however she is aware of Henri's dominating nature that could spell disaster to her son Oliver. She is forced to make the move to France, but insists on living independently. But over the next few months, Oliver is increasingly sucked into the French family life, with the Tantes smoo The French Legacy is about a patriarch who has interfered too much in his son's life, driving him away. With his death, he reaches out to the grandson in England. Nicola does not want her son to lose her inheritance, however she is aware of Henri's dominating nature that could spell disaster to her son Oliver. She is forced to make the move to France, but insists on living independently. But over the next few months, Oliver is increasingly sucked into the French family life, with the Tantes smoothing the way, even Nicola feels the draw of her new life. The premise of the story is compelling, some characters are adorable, but there are some implausible twists and turns that make you wonder why the writer wanted to take the easy way to a happy end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Enjoyable I enjoyed reading this, but it wasn't my favorite of her books. Bohnet writes well, and the characters are well-drawn, but it didn't draw me in as much I like. The main character was quite passive when it came to a suitor and I really didn't like the way she handled the situation. One note: I reviewed a book a few weeks ago and noted that somewhere there was a book that needed its commas back. This is that book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Merrilyn

    A book to get lost in - in a good way I read my first book just a few weeks ago and I have to tell you they are very addicting. I’m sad to say goodbye to the characters when the books end. This book is about loss, life changes, second chances and forgiveness. I hope you enjoy it too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I'm afraid I didn't care for this book near as much as the other two of Bohnet's novels I read. The heroine was definitely wishy washy and her not being firm enough had tragic results. I couldn't get past blaming her and therefore could not find the ending satisfying. I did love the other ones, though. So will definitely give this author another chance.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charles Covarrubias

    Dream Books Jennifer writes dream books. France sounds like a fairyland through her eyes. Sweet stories with some sad realities, but happy endings. I always want a cup of coffee, or glass of rose’, a little cheese and bread. I want to be able to walk to market. Nicola moves to France with her young son after her husband dies. She is told by her father-in-law that she must relocate in order for her son to inherit his estate. Problems ensue. Wonderful happy read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    A light chick lit escape to the South of France. Enjoyable summer read, especially during a time when travel overseas isn't possible. A little bit predictable and some editing is needed, but still a pleasant, stay-up-late-reading mental vacation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MRS A HARDY

    This book Another delightful story. I know all a bit too good to be true but this book was very uplifting .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alice Pearson

    Average boring predictable plot Ended up skimming through, waste of time. Very woman’s own magazine, not my cup of tea, sorry. Alice Pearson customer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dick R. McCart

    Enjoyable French story The background of France was the best of the book. The story line was a little weak. The character of Edward was a bit tiresome.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon L. Varga

    Good book!! Really enjoyed this novel. Unlike one of the other readers,I thought the outcome of the love interest was true to the character.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andra

    Loved this book. Easy reading, great descriptions, good story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Andreasen

    Brilliant read, a story of human interest, with romance for young and old thrown in. Several interesting twists to the story line, very enjoyable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    kindle 160 (chic lit)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thomas A Kraft

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mrs H A Foxton

  18. 5 out of 5

    pauline molineaux

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Guenter and Margo stork

  21. 4 out of 5

    Juliet Sproul

  22. 4 out of 5

    mary hyde

  23. 5 out of 5

    Izan Gill

  24. 4 out of 5

    kay kerr

  25. 5 out of 5

    C A Hobbs

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda Pearson

  27. 4 out of 5

    debbie baymiller

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary Schatke

  29. 5 out of 5

    Francois Malan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janice Correll

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