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“She stood and took her place in front of the camera... It was now or never” Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find he “She stood and took her place in front of the camera... It was now or never” Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish… This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes. What readers are saying about What Happens in France: "Wow, wow and double wow....What a fantastic, fun and beautifully written book this was" Reader review "Left me with tears in my eyes and wanting more. A hilarious and touching tale." Sue Watson, author of Love, Lies and Lemon Cakes"Carol Wyer is back! Laughs aplenty and a heartwarming read.' Mandy Baggot, author of One New York Christmas'A refreshingly different romcom that's sweet, funny and moving in all the right amounts.'  Victoria Cooke, author of The Holiday Cruise "Fantastique and frivolously funny - but for goodness sake, read with a box of tissues!... A sensational story that will sweep you up in spontaneity, sympathy and endless smiles." Isabella May, author of Oh What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar."Funny, lighthearted, romantic and utterly fabulous. This book is a chicklit fan's dream" Reader review


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“She stood and took her place in front of the camera... It was now or never” Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find he “She stood and took her place in front of the camera... It was now or never” Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish… This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes. What readers are saying about What Happens in France: "Wow, wow and double wow....What a fantastic, fun and beautifully written book this was" Reader review "Left me with tears in my eyes and wanting more. A hilarious and touching tale." Sue Watson, author of Love, Lies and Lemon Cakes"Carol Wyer is back! Laughs aplenty and a heartwarming read.' Mandy Baggot, author of One New York Christmas'A refreshingly different romcom that's sweet, funny and moving in all the right amounts.'  Victoria Cooke, author of The Holiday Cruise "Fantastique and frivolously funny - but for goodness sake, read with a box of tissues!... A sensational story that will sweep you up in spontaneity, sympathy and endless smiles." Isabella May, author of Oh What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar."Funny, lighthearted, romantic and utterly fabulous. This book is a chicklit fan's dream" Reader review

30 review for What Happens in France

  1. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Bryony Masters father has had a massive stroke whilst looking through some old photos. Her mum believes that he won’t make it through another and that this one was brought on whilst he was looking at pictures of Hannah, his daughter (Bryony’s sister) who ran away thirty years ago aged just sixteen. Bryony has an idea to help track Hannah and get her to her father before he dies. Hannah used to love game shows and watched them all the time, so Br Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com Bryony Masters father has had a massive stroke whilst looking through some old photos. Her mum believes that he won’t make it through another and that this one was brought on whilst he was looking at pictures of Hannah, his daughter (Bryony’s sister) who ran away thirty years ago aged just sixteen. Bryony has an idea to help track Hannah and get her to her father before he dies. Hannah used to love game shows and watched them all the time, so Bryony is going to go on one and make an appeal to her sister to come home. With popular game show ‘What Happens in’ looking for contestants she decides to apply. The plot might not sound like it would be highly amusing, but by God it is. Bryony is a wonderful character. Very intelligent, charismatic and humorous too. She loves her family and has always felt responsible for Hannah leaving and is determined to find her, even setting up a blog and Facebook page to try to locate her too. We also meet Lewis, Bryony’s new friend and accomplice in the game show that is this week set in France and called ‘What Happens in France’. The show takes place over a week and is filled with different types of games, some quizzes and some physical. I must also take a moment to make a shout-out to Jim and Oscars pet dog, Pug Biggie Small who is a superstar with his own Instagram account. The book kept me engaged the whole way through, the characters were perfectly realistic and the game show certainly something I would watch. I love how it was written in date form and also included the blog posts that Bryony put up speaking directly to her sister, hoping that she would see them. If you like comedies then this is definitely the book for you. It has lots of laugh-out-loud moments and will make you smile the whole way through.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    What a fun, feel good book this is! Okay I usually don't read much other than thriller/suspense books, hence the name of my blog. I love Carol Wyer's books and I have only read her writing "my type of books." I saw this and couldn't resist it! First of all, it is Carol Wyer and also it just sounded like it would be fun! I mean who doesn't love a stinking cute pug in a beret!!! Love this cover!!! Bryony Masters is searching for her sister that she has not seen in 30 years. Her sister fled their ho What a fun, feel good book this is! Okay I usually don't read much other than thriller/suspense books, hence the name of my blog. I love Carol Wyer's books and I have only read her writing "my type of books." I saw this and couldn't resist it! First of all, it is Carol Wyer and also it just sounded like it would be fun! I mean who doesn't love a stinking cute pug in a beret!!! Love this cover!!! Bryony Masters is searching for her sister that she has not seen in 30 years. Her sister fled their home at the tender age of 16 and Bryony feels responsible. Bryony's father recently had a stroke and this has prompted her to find her sister before it is too late. Except she has no idea what has happened to Hannah, is she even still alive? She launches a plan to get on a game show that has 4 million viewers, to hopefully reach Hannah or someone that knows what happened to her. Along the way she befriends a wonderful, witty, fun guy that seems to be her soulmate. They are like two peas in a pod and I wanted them to be together so badly. Sadly we found out quite early on that Bryony was "not his type." As a mutual friend told her that he just broke up with his boyfriend Maxwell. Sigh.....I was so heartbroken as I thought they would be adorable together....... I highly advise reading Carol's acknowledgments, it is a wealth of information and shows you how much thought was put into the research of this book. Even though this was a fun, feel good read, it has some very personal and serious things behind the inspiration of this book. Thank you Ms. Wyer for another fantastic book! Thanks so much to Carol Wyer, Canelo publishing and Netgalley for this ARC!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Finitha Jose

    This is undoubtedly the cutest book I found this year. Starting from the enticing cover (who could resist a pug?), it takes you into a roller coaster ride fun, laughter and a taste of tears. We could pretty much guess the winners of the game show and the ending was also downright predictable, but that didn't prevent me from getting emotional at the concluding chapter. Bryony is both intelligent and witty, and Lewis handsomely completes the pair. The understanding we have at the beginning of Lewi This is undoubtedly the cutest book I found this year. Starting from the enticing cover (who could resist a pug?), it takes you into a roller coaster ride fun, laughter and a taste of tears. We could pretty much guess the winners of the game show and the ending was also downright predictable, but that didn't prevent me from getting emotional at the concluding chapter. Bryony is both intelligent and witty, and Lewis handsomely completes the pair. The understanding we have at the beginning of Lewis being gay really helps one to concentrate on the game show and Hannah exclusively. A romance in the mix would have turned it quite awkward as it happened towards the end. But a story about a fun companionship, their quirky behaviours and humorous articulations can never be missed. This review won't be complete without a mention of Biggie Smalls, who dominates the cover page (for obvious reasons). After all, he is the one who brought the perfect prize to his newfound human companion. Overall, an enjoyable story with an idyllic setting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    I am a big fan Carol Wyers police procedural books but this was the first of her romance books that I have read. I am not a big romance reader but thought I would give it a go. For me it was a good story but it wasn't of the caliber of her other books. What Happens In France 🇫🇷 is the story of Bryony and her family searching for her sister Hannah who left home without a trace many years ago. Her father has recently had a stroke and desperately wants to see Hannah again. Bryony thinks that going I am a big fan Carol Wyers police procedural books but this was the first of her romance books that I have read. I am not a big romance reader but thought I would give it a go. For me it was a good story but it wasn't of the caliber of her other books. What Happens In France 🇫🇷 is the story of Bryony and her family searching for her sister Hannah who left home without a trace many years ago. Her father has recently had a stroke and desperately wants to see Hannah again. Bryony thinks that going on a game show might help to find heras it was something that they both love. Thanks to Canelo and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Carol Wyer’s books. I’m pretty sure I mentioned at one point that I’ll read whatever she writes. And so that is why you now find me reviewing something I’d normally never pick up. Because Carol Wyer has apparently decided to put my words to the test by leaving the dark side of crime fiction momentarily behind to bring us a romantic comedy. At the age of sixteen, Bryony’s sister Hannah ran away from home. Since then, there has been no If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Carol Wyer’s books. I’m pretty sure I mentioned at one point that I’ll read whatever she writes. And so that is why you now find me reviewing something I’d normally never pick up. Because Carol Wyer has apparently decided to put my words to the test by leaving the dark side of crime fiction momentarily behind to bring us a romantic comedy. At the age of sixteen, Bryony’s sister Hannah ran away from home. Since then, there has been no word from her and her family don’t know if she’s still alive or not. When Bryony’s father suffers a stroke and keeps asking about his eldest daughter, Bryony decides to make one final push in trying to find her sister. Encouraged by her best friend, Bryony signs up for an audition for a new game show. She and her sister used to love watching them and Bryony hopes her exposure on the show might lead to news about Hannah’s whereabouts. And so off to France we go for fun, games and some surprisingly difficult questions. If I had been a contestant on this show, I would have been sent home on day one! A week full of obstacle courses, general knowledge quizzes and even a treasure hunt in delightfully wee cars will change Bryony’s life forever. She meets the most fabulous characters : hot Lewis, the wonderful Jim, brilliant Oscar and let’s not forgot Biggie Smalls, a dog so famous he has his own Instagram account. True to form in this genre, there are some ups and downs and misunderstandings along the way. But I guarantee you will be rooting for these characters throughout the story. We also get a great glimpse into all the behind the scenes action and it’s quite obvious Carol Wyer has done her research on this. All that waiting and redoing takes would drive me mental. Will Bryony find love in France? Will she win the game show? But more importantly, will she finally find out what happened to her sister and why she left all those years ago? There’s only one way to find out. Buy yourself a copy and go on a delightful and entertaining adventure to France. Fans of this genre will not be disappointed!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    This was a cute read. The story goes thus, 30 years ago Hannah ran away from home at age 16, and Bryony and her family have been searching for her in all these years. Her father's stroke and ill-health makes it all the more imperative to find her. So Bryony decides to take part in a game show and hopes she can find her sister who loves these shows. The concept was cute, the writing smooth. The tasks and the quizzes of this game show were written well by author Carol Wyer. Quite a different set o This was a cute read. The story goes thus, 30 years ago Hannah ran away from home at age 16, and Bryony and her family have been searching for her in all these years. Her father's stroke and ill-health makes it all the more imperative to find her. So Bryony decides to take part in a game show and hopes she can find her sister who loves these shows. The concept was cute, the writing smooth. The tasks and the quizzes of this game show were written well by author Carol Wyer. Quite a different set of pace and genre for this talented author. It was quite exciting to read them all. My niggles came on a bit early, it was not a humorous tale as said in the tag line. The game show dominated the book, so the emotions got diluted. I kept wondering as to why would Hannah watch the quiz show which she liked at age 16,may not like it at age 46. The reasons for Hannah staying away from parents for 30 years felt flimsy especially when she herself had a 15 year old daughter. The characterization caught my eye, I stuck to the story as I was connected to Bryony who was sweet, persistent, and quite bold and humorous. Her struggles with childhood illness were well described. In spite of it all, she did grow up to be an intelligent, strong woman who was a great support to her parents and who had a blog dedicated to finding her sister. Lewis as love interest understood her well, there was a connection. Her best friend Melinda was fabulous. Overall, an enjoyable read from the multi-talented author.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I’m a big fan of Carol Wyer’s D.I. Robyn Carter series and Detective Natalie Ward series I was intrigued to see her lighter side and when I saw it on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. Bryony Masters is desperate to find her sister Hannah after her father had a stroke. But the problem is, she hasn’t seen her sister since she was six years’ old. Her parents searched for her, even hired a private detective, but to no avail, they cannot find her. The two sisters were very close, but after I’m a big fan of Carol Wyer’s D.I. Robyn Carter series and Detective Natalie Ward series I was intrigued to see her lighter side and when I saw it on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. Bryony Masters is desperate to find her sister Hannah after her father had a stroke. But the problem is, she hasn’t seen her sister since she was six years’ old. Her parents searched for her, even hired a private detective, but to no avail, they cannot find her. The two sisters were very close, but after an accident Hannah blamed herself and ran away. Thirty years later, to help in the search for her sister Bryony has a blog asking her fellow readers if she knows the whereabouts of her sister. One day an opportunity arises, when she decides to apply to start in a reality TV game show. So she can get on the show and she can make an appeal for her sister. She wins a place on the show and meets so many several different characters including a male ballet dancer who has a pug dog call Biggy Smalls who has his own Instagram account. She also has a surprise; her male friend Lawrence is also on the show. I am so glad that I requested this. It’s a light-hearted romantic comedy that I loved from start to finish. It had its fair share of ups and downs and little bits of humour which made this book more engaging. I liked the game show idea, it reminded me a bit of It’s a knock out show in the old days. Thank you Canelo and NetGalley for a copy of this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    My rating: 4.5 Stars Bryony Masters has a mission. Her father has suffered a serious stroke. He gets better to a degree, but Bryony feels that she must now do the impossible. Thirty years ago her older sister Hannah ran away from home. Her family has never been the same since. Bryony feels that she must find Hannah before her father has any further health issues. She comes up with a fantastic idea. She decides to apply for a game show, hoping that this may be a way to appeal to the public in orde My rating: 4.5 Stars Bryony Masters has a mission. Her father has suffered a serious stroke. He gets better to a degree, but Bryony feels that she must now do the impossible. Thirty years ago her older sister Hannah ran away from home. Her family has never been the same since. Bryony feels that she must find Hannah before her father has any further health issues. She comes up with a fantastic idea. She decides to apply for a game show, hoping that this may be a way to appeal to the public in order to find her sister. Bryony knows that there very well may be several media opportunities that she can take advantage of. Bryony has a blog dedicated to her search for Hannah. However, although she leaves regular blog posts, her reach is rather limited. Meanwhile, Bryony enjoys time with with her best friend Melinda. This turns out to be a blessing, because Melinda‘s husband has a new friend named Lewis. Due to ideal circumstances, Lewis ends up becoming Bryony’s partner on the game show, which is called, What Happens in ... As expected, Bryony gets plenty of opportunities to talk about Hannah and about how much she is loved and truly missed. During the show quite a bit happens and each activity is really enjoyable to read about. I loved the trivial aspect of the show, all the characters in the story, and the beautiful landscapes that were described during the events. Carol Wyer has written an engaging women’s fiction story that develops into a wonderfully-endearing romance. I really enjoyed the humor that was peppered throughout the story. One thing that really worked for me was a twist that was funny and very surprising. The story was very well-balanced as there were sensitive moments that kept me keenly interested. What Happens in France flowed very well because it was rich with delightful characters, including a dog with a strong media presence of his own. This delightful read is done with excellent pacing, thus showcasing the marvelous talents of this prolific author. Many thanks to the author for this ARC to review. The opinions are my own. Please see all of my reviews on my blog at https://www.robinlovesreading.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hill

    With their father having suffered a stroke, Bryony is desperate to find her runaway sister Hannah before it’s too late. What Happens in France is a hugely entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t know if it’s a case of the right book at the right moment but I had been feeling very depressed and low and a couple of days immersed in the events in France brought the smile back to my face, even if I did shed a small tear too. I thought the concept of the game show for What Happens in Franc With their father having suffered a stroke, Bryony is desperate to find her runaway sister Hannah before it’s too late. What Happens in France is a hugely entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t know if it’s a case of the right book at the right moment but I had been feeling very depressed and low and a couple of days immersed in the events in France brought the smile back to my face, even if I did shed a small tear too. I thought the concept of the game show for What Happens in France worked brilliantly because it resonates with the kind of programmes to which we all seem to be addicted. It gave a super insight into the gameshow process and I loved the way it linked to traditional quizzes and treasure hunts too so that there was a smashing blend of expectation and surprise in the plot. The French setting was lovely and has made me want to visit the places mentioned and I have to confess to feeling quite hungry at times reading Carol Wyer’s descriptions of the food. I found all the characters vivid, lively and engaging except for a certain Professor Potts who was still lively and realistic but not at all engaging. Rather, I wanted to punch him – hard. I’m not usually a great fan of dogs in stories but Biggie Smalls totally captured my heart because of the quality of Carol Wyer’s writing. He was an absolute hoot and I could just picture the expressions on his face. I hope I’ll be seeing more of him in future books. What appealed to me most about What Happens in France, however, was indeed Carol Wyer’s writing style. I thought the contrast between past and present tenses distinguished the different sections highly effectively but most of all I loved what I saw as a kind of honesty in her writing. It’s difficult to define quite what I mean but I found the narrative accessible, easy to read and, well, congenial I suppose. It made me feel as relaxed reading What Happens in France as Bryony is in her relationship with Melinda. Speaking of relationships, I thought the interplay between the characters was deftly handled so that I believed utterly what happened between them. I am definitely hoping there will be more adventures for them in future books. I don’t want to say too much as it will spoil the read for others, but there is so much to enjoy in the dynamics between Bryony and Lewis in particular. Given that What Happens in France is essentially quite light-hearted, Carol Wyer explores some weighty themes too. Hannah’s story is one of guilt, responsibility and identity whilst the power of social media, television and celebrity underpins much of the action. Love and trust, families and friendship are all woven in too so that there’s a good layer of depth to this story that I found very satisfying. What Happens in France is comic, romantic, entertaining and, at times, a little bit bonkers, so that it really is feel good fiction. I had enormous fun reading it and I really recommend it. https://lindasbookbag.com/2018/12/03/...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    If I’m honest this book is weighed down by unnecessary details and weird phrasing. How many times does Bryony need to mention the full name of her illness and the charity associated? Also when a character is in the hospital another character spits out a load of medical jargon as if any relative of a patient would speak that way. It just all comes off as a bit forced and wooden. Giving 2.5 stars rounded up for an original story though. Overall enjoyed the plot idea and the game show, didn’t much If I’m honest this book is weighed down by unnecessary details and weird phrasing. How many times does Bryony need to mention the full name of her illness and the charity associated? Also when a character is in the hospital another character spits out a load of medical jargon as if any relative of a patient would speak that way. It just all comes off as a bit forced and wooden. Giving 2.5 stars rounded up for an original story though. Overall enjoyed the plot idea and the game show, didn’t much enjoy the blog entries or whining from Bryony.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    I can't describe how great it is that Carol Wyer is writing rom coms again. I was delighted to see this book was announced and even more pleased to have read its. Once started its a book leaving you wanting more, unable to put it down. The cast of characters is wonderful, and I loved Bryony and Lewis as well her their good friends. Plus Ollie and the pug Biggie Smalls are fabulous too. This is a riot of good fun, humorous antics and yet at the heart of it there is a far more serious theme. And it I can't describe how great it is that Carol Wyer is writing rom coms again. I was delighted to see this book was announced and even more pleased to have read its. Once started its a book leaving you wanting more, unable to put it down. The cast of characters is wonderful, and I loved Bryony and Lewis as well her their good friends. Plus Ollie and the pug Biggie Smalls are fabulous too. This is a riot of good fun, humorous antics and yet at the heart of it there is a far more serious theme. And its the reason that Bryony is even taking part in this new Game show in France. Loved everything that happened in the French section of the book, it gave a taste of the region, as well as it sounding like the sort of game show I'd love to watch myself. This was just a highly enjoyable, great read and I can't help but wonder if there might just be a sequel. If there is I want to be first in line for it. Thank you to Netgalley and Canelo for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    Actual rating: 3.5/5 I admit it, the reason why I wanted to read this book is because it's set in France. And as a French person, I felt the need to read it, mostly to see if it was yet another novel with a really cliché image of France. And thank god, this book is not (you heard me). Another thing I really liked is that the story does not take place in Paris, but throughout Brittany. And it felt so good (after all, France is not only Paris, and people tend to forget that). Now, when it comes to t Actual rating: 3.5/5 I admit it, the reason why I wanted to read this book is because it's set in France. And as a French person, I felt the need to read it, mostly to see if it was yet another novel with a really cliché image of France. And thank god, this book is not (you heard me). Another thing I really liked is that the story does not take place in Paris, but throughout Brittany. And it felt so good (after all, France is not only Paris, and people tend to forget that). Now, when it comes to the book itself, although I did enjoy it, it wasn't perfect. Bryony's idea to participate to a game show in order to appeal to her long-lost sister to return home was great, but to me it was just too big. I did enjoy the game itself, and I liked the fact that the author has auditioned for a couple of them herself allowed us readers to be truly immersed in this world. But the the rest was a bit hard for me to swallow. I really liked Bryony and Lewis' relationship, and I liked how it didn't take over the rest of the plot. Indeed, this book is not a romance. There is romance in this book, it's just not the most important part of it. Another thing that bothered me was the POC and LBTQ+ representation, or rather the lack of representation. The author could easily have had a bisexual character but missed this opportunity, and I must admit it really frustrated me and left me bitter throughout my read. Overall, this was a good read. Not perfect, but still, it was good. It's cute and funny, and everything I needed at the moment. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a cute contemporary set in France and not taking place in Paris (well, technically the whole book doesn't take place in France, but you get what I mean).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thebooktrail

    Travel to the locations in the novel This is a heartwarming story with a little heartbreak in there too. Chock full of emotion that’s for sure and a great premise; the title is a game show about all things French. Just the kind we need on our TV. How I wish it were real! Back to the book however, and it’s this idea of a gameshow which really attracted me to the novel. I’ve been on a TV quiz (Specsavers crime awards) and it took me back! All the behind the scenes planning, the waiting around, the Travel to the locations in the novel This is a heartwarming story with a little heartbreak in there too. Chock full of emotion that’s for sure and a great premise; the title is a game show about all things French. Just the kind we need on our TV. How I wish it were real! Back to the book however, and it’s this idea of a gameshow which really attracted me to the novel. I’ve been on a TV quiz (Specsavers crime awards) and it took me back! All the behind the scenes planning, the waiting around, the practice sessions, meeting the other contestants…and that’s all before the quiz itself. Ah they’re a lot of fun and this book captured it brilliantly! There’s a fun sense of travel hunts and treasure too which worked well and ramped up the enjoyment factor even more. The French setting? Ah mais oui! This was parfait and inspired by a few places such as Nantes, the Muscadet region and more. Beatuofuly captured and evoked by Carol. And if that doesn’t get yoru taste buds going, there’s some delicious descriptions of food. Carol’s writing is fun and fresh and aptly suited to her subject and themes. I laughed, cried and wanted to be in Bryony and Melinda’s gang. I didn’t think I would care for a dog in a novel but Biggie Smalls totally won me over! Cute is not the word. Not such good words to be said for Professor Potts but then there’s a good mix of characters to love and love not so much. It makes it much more fun and realistic. The serious side of the novel is also deftly handled by Carol – Hannah is after all in France to try and find her sister and reunite her family. The theme of reality TV, social media and what we think of people in the limelight, how TV creates our view of the world all come into play. There’s a lot to like here and a darn good story. Shades of lightness and darkness, humour, a stunning setting, interesting premise and the cutest dog in fiction. What’s not to like?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steph Lawrence

    Bryony has been looking for her sister, Hannah, for many years. She even set up a blog trying to find her. Hannah had left home when Bryony was a child and she always blamed herself for this. Their dad is in very poor health after having a stroke, so she stepped her search up a notch. She saw an advert for contestants for a new game show and immediately entered hoping this could be massive publicity in her search for Hannah if she got selected. She attended a local audition where she was surprised Bryony has been looking for her sister, Hannah, for many years. She even set up a blog trying to find her. Hannah had left home when Bryony was a child and she always blamed herself for this. Their dad is in very poor health after having a stroke, so she stepped her search up a notch. She saw an advert for contestants for a new game show and immediately entered hoping this could be massive publicity in her search for Hannah if she got selected. She attended a local audition where she was surprised to see Lewis, one of her neighbours. There were some funny scenes here meeting other potentials contestants. I really liked Oscar and his pug, Biggie Smalls. And Jim with his amazing knowledge and his love for his grandchildren. A really great cast, the game show crew and contestants, even Professor Potts! Some of the madcap games made me laugh, especially the blindfolded driving course. A bit like ‘It’s a Knockout’ meets ‘Treasure Hunt’. In fact a real mix of all the best gameshows, such fun. The relationship between Bryony and her girlfriends was lovely too. It’s a change for me to step away from crime novels and chick-lit and have a good laugh out loud story. Very funny and entertaining , easy to read and relatable too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. Watch my video review of this book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzHlr... This was such a hidden gem for me, that I had picked up on a total whim and ended up loving. The story follows a woman named Bryony, who is looking for her sister who ran away from home thirty years ago. Her father is struggling with his health, and meanwhile Bryony just desperately wants her sister back in her life. In a desperate attempt I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. Watch my video review of this book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzHlr... This was such a hidden gem for me, that I had picked up on a total whim and ended up loving. The story follows a woman named Bryony, who is looking for her sister who ran away from home thirty years ago. Her father is struggling with his health, and meanwhile Bryony just desperately wants her sister back in her life. In a desperate attempt to drum up more help in locating her sister, Bryony applies for a new very secretive TV show, thinking she can use that as a platform to help her find her sister. The first few chapters of this book are set in Derby, England. I live near there, and have never stumbled across a book by accident that is set in the area that I live before. The author was able to capture the area accurately, and it just helped suck me into the story from the very beginning. I warmed to Bryony instantly, as she is only a few years older than me. I did feel at times though, that she didn't seem to feel the age she was meant to be. I often had a hard time visualising her as anything other than in her early twenties. While this is a negative for me, I couldn't let this impact my overall rating, because I just loved this book too much. I adored all the different characters that we get to meet during Bryony's adventure. Well, I didn't love them all, but even the ones I didn't love, it was because you were supposed to dislike them. Each character felt fleshed out, unique and incredibly real. Also, quick shout out to the most adorable dog, Biggie Smalls, I want a selfie with this fictional pug so badly! This book made me laugh out loud, it made me cry (not ugly cry though), and I just found it so addictive. I read most of the book in two sittings, and it is a real page turner. I desperately need to go out and check more books out by this author now, as I think I may have found a new favourite. I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking for a quick, fun read, which is incredibly well researched and has so many layers to it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This is very much a relaxing and light-hearted read that creeps up on you after you finish the book to think about certain aspects much deeper. Bryony is looking for her long-lost sister after their father’s health takes a dive. Each time Bryony returns home it is her sister’s name that her father calls out before he sees her. An accident that happened years ago caused Hannah to run away from home now Bryony will do anything to bring her family back together again and that includes getting herse This is very much a relaxing and light-hearted read that creeps up on you after you finish the book to think about certain aspects much deeper. Bryony is looking for her long-lost sister after their father’s health takes a dive. Each time Bryony returns home it is her sister’s name that her father calls out before he sees her. An accident that happened years ago caused Hannah to run away from home now Bryony will do anything to bring her family back together again and that includes getting herself on a game show to take place in France, to create as much publicity as she can to find her. As with any game show the contestants are a mixed bag of eccentric characters to others that see this as an opportunity to achieve life changing status with a healthy bank balance to set them up. The contestants are placed into couples to perform tasks each day, with the winners gaining air time to talk to the public. Although the story is centred round Bryony there are some amusing challenges where the contestants will go to any length to win. The story line at times drops back to the past to fill in what had happened all those years ago, which is quite heart breaking, but it highlights the workings of a teenage mind and how they see the world. I found myself cheering on some of the other contestants as their reasons for being there surfaced. As the contestants are living in a ‘Big Brother’ type of on the fly on the wall show, they of course form all types of relationships, including romance. It is a story that is so easy to relate to with its comparison to many of todays game shows on television. An all round entertaining read that made me laugh and get behind the good guys besides making me think about what really matters in life.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    With thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I am a big fan of Carol Wyers`s DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series. When I saw Carol had written a Romcom I thought I would give it a try. English teacher Bryony Masters had been searching for her long lost sister Hannah who disappeared thirty years ago. Over the years Bryony and her parents had hired private detectives and set up a website but they could find no trace Hannah was still alive. After h With thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. I am a big fan of Carol Wyers`s DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series. When I saw Carol had written a Romcom I thought I would give it a try. English teacher Bryony Masters had been searching for her long lost sister Hannah who disappeared thirty years ago. Over the years Bryony and her parents had hired private detectives and set up a website but they could find no trace Hannah was still alive. After her father had a massive stroke Bryony wanted to find Hannah before it was too late. With time running out she decided to enter a game show called What Happens In. Hannah hoped with access to millions of viewers someone would know what happened to Hannah. Bryony was shocked when her best friend Miranda`s neighbour Lewis was at the audition. Bryony and Lewis sailed through the audition and were picked to appear together as a team on the show. During the trials Bryony and Lewis got on like a house on fire. However she knew they could only be a friends as Lewis was gay and had recently split up with his partner Maxwell. Firstly Carol is a talented writer. able to turn her hand to chick lit and crime. I absolutely loved What Happens In France, I enjoyed the descriptions of the attractions in France and would quite like a holiday there myself. I also liked the characters in the book. I especially liked the rival contestants, Jim a carer and walking enyclopaedia, ballerina Oscar and his pug Biggie Small an Instagram star. My only small criticism is I thought the long winded medical jargon in the first chapter was a bit forced. What Happens In France was a fun book with a serious message. I hope Carol does a sequel to this story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    This book is funny, romantic and really entertaining. I read it in one setting and couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading other books by this author. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for this ARC

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Didn't connect with this book at all. Brony's sister walked out over 30 years ago and nobody knows where she is. Bryony decides to track her down by appearing on a game show. Slow going and somewhat improbable

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am giving this book 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3. It's a light and frothy read, but one that never really captured my heart. Bryony is an interesting character; one of life survivors with a zest for life, she is loyal and steadfast and someone you would want in your corner. Her search for her long lost sister and unusual method of trying to find her was quirky and unusual and the game show format was what really held my interest. Unfortunately I found the rest of the book somewhat formulaic. Fro I am giving this book 2.5 stars, rounded up to 3. It's a light and frothy read, but one that never really captured my heart. Bryony is an interesting character; one of life survivors with a zest for life, she is loyal and steadfast and someone you would want in your corner. Her search for her long lost sister and unusual method of trying to find her was quirky and unusual and the game show format was what really held my interest. Unfortunately I found the rest of the book somewhat formulaic. From the fully booked hotel, the 'wacky' best friends to the incorrect assumptions about Lewis, I often found myself rolling my eyes. As the book was entering the last stages I caught myself thinking, 'any minute now there will be a plot device that means the romantic couple are separated for a while before coming together for a romantic reunion' and a few pages later there it was! The plot about the missing sister was resolved with an incredibly rushed ending that jarred with me, because it made light of the utter heartache that many people go through when loved ones go missing. Not one for me I'm afraid, but maybe that's because my heart is as black as the coffee I need to fuel my morning. My thanks go to the publishers and Net Galley for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    What Happens In France is a brilliantly written story which predominantly features Bryony Masters and her quest to find her sister, Hannah. Bryony has a blog and uses the usual social media, but nothing has worked, so far, so she aims to reach a wider audience for her search by applying for a brand new television game show. I thought this was a genius idea for a story and it works really well. This might be a romantic comedy, but it has deeper storylines throughout. The guilt Bryony has carried What Happens In France is a brilliantly written story which predominantly features Bryony Masters and her quest to find her sister, Hannah. Bryony has a blog and uses the usual social media, but nothing has worked, so far, so she aims to reach a wider audience for her search by applying for a brand new television game show. I thought this was a genius idea for a story and it works really well. This might be a romantic comedy, but it has deeper storylines throughout. The guilt Bryony has carried around with her for years is heart-breaking. She didn't have the easiest childhood and this shows in her character. She's quite vulnerable and very likeable. I really felt for her. With her father being so poorly she is becoming increasingly desperate to find her sister as she believes time is running out to make everything right with their world again. There are some fabulous characters in this story (The pug was one of my favourites!) and the actual game show process was brilliant. I didn't think much of the host, but he made an interesting character all the same. If someone really gets on my nerves I know they have been written well! I loved the way Bryony and Lewis bounced off one another (for want of a better expression!). I was really hoping for Bryony to find happiness. Although she seems content with her career as an English Teacher she obviously craves more out of life. I did love the friendship between Bryony and Melinda. Some of their drunken nights in sound a bit like some of ours with our close friends! They obviously have that kind of relationship where they can be completely honest with each other also, which is lovely. I will be more than happy to recommend this story. I have really enjoyed Carol Wyer's writing style and totally expect to enjoy her other books (which are on my list!). This story has made me smile, laugh out loud at times and cry. It's an excellent read! Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via Netgalley. chataboutbooks.wordpress.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Carol with her pelvic floor exercises after having her daughter. Yes, I'm talking about me. No, I didn't actually wet myself laughing. Yes, I was very close to doing so. Seriously - an unlikely pairing but an absolute gold dust of one. I adored them. Utterly hilarious!! Despite the storyline being mostly humour based, there was an undercurrent of seriousness due to the situation with All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Carol with her pelvic floor exercises after having her daughter. Yes, I'm talking about me. No, I didn't actually wet myself laughing. Yes, I was very close to doing so. Seriously - an unlikely pairing but an absolute gold dust of one. I adored them. Utterly hilarious!! Despite the storyline being mostly humour based, there was an undercurrent of seriousness due to the situation with Hannah, and I felt that the entire situation was delivered in a poignant manner. I could sniff out the emotion behind it a mile off and, whilst I didn't end up crying with emotion, it certainly made my heart break for all of those involved. 'What Happens in France' is such an uplifting, fun filled, hilarious read which had me keeping my legs crossed just in case. I adore Carol Wyer's humour but I totally think she has outdone herself with the hilarity in this book - absolutely brilliant!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    This book was like a breath of fresh air. It swept me along and I felt as if I was part of the story as I was rooting for Bryony to find her sister, Hannah. Bryony enters a game show called ‘What happens in France’ as she knows her sister likes quiz shows and she’s desperate to find her. Their father is very poorly and keeps asking for Hannah, but after she ran away many years ago, no-one has heard from her since. Bryony meets Lewis through her best friend, and they end up being team mates on th This book was like a breath of fresh air. It swept me along and I felt as if I was part of the story as I was rooting for Bryony to find her sister, Hannah. Bryony enters a game show called ‘What happens in France’ as she knows her sister likes quiz shows and she’s desperate to find her. Their father is very poorly and keeps asking for Hannah, but after she ran away many years ago, no-one has heard from her since. Bryony meets Lewis through her best friend, and they end up being team mates on the quiz show. They get on very well together and also with the other contestants. Oscar is a great guy but his pug, Biggie, steals everyone’s hearts. Carol’s great sense of humour comes through in the book as there are some really funny moments. Bryony is such a likeable character and Lewis sounds gorgeous! Things don’t go as smoothly as Bryony wants with her appeal on the show for Hannah to contact her but she’s glad she’s tried. This is a great read and I would love to find out what happens next .... Thanks to Canelo and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I think it’s quite well documented how much I love the dark-side of Carol’s books but for a change I have delved into the lighter side again for some fun and entertainment. If you want a book to lift your spirits on a cold wintery day then What Happens in France will certainly do that. Bryony has pined for her sister for many years, Hannah disappeared on her sixteenth birthday and since that moment Bryony has held onto the guilt that somehow she is to blame. Life went on, each year they would ‘ce I think it’s quite well documented how much I love the dark-side of Carol’s books but for a change I have delved into the lighter side again for some fun and entertainment. If you want a book to lift your spirits on a cold wintery day then What Happens in France will certainly do that. Bryony has pined for her sister for many years, Hannah disappeared on her sixteenth birthday and since that moment Bryony has held onto the guilt that somehow she is to blame. Life went on, each year they would ‘celebrate’ with a cake but it was never the same. Fast forward a few years, Bryony’s dad has become ill and now seems the obvious time for Bryony to up her game in the search for Hannah. She has been keeping a blog which adds a nice touch to the book. It’s her way of keeping the ‘arms open’ approach. So what better way to raise her profile and let thousands of people help in the search than a high profile game show. Best friend Melinda cheered her on to apply, she was accepted as was a rather hunky piece of eye candy in the form of Lewis. Once they all got started on the relevant quizzes and trials on the show it became a ‘must read’ until the next chapter time. I admired Carol’s choice of participants there are a splendid mix of personalities all with that one thing in mind .. winning the cash prize. But Bryony used any opportunity in the camera to plead with folk to keep an eye open for Hannah. She blended so well with the other characters that it became like a whole ‘group self hug” of support around Bryony’s shoulders. There were moments of sheer fun and delight, I could just see myself whirring around in a furry 2CV, the French surroundings pulled me in and I could happily have dined at the chateau. The blossoming friendship between Bryony and Lewis was affectionately written bearing in mind his sizzingly seductive girlfriend back home. The absolute icing on the cake for me was in the shape of a snuffling pug named Biggie-Smalls, what a trendy boy he was! What Happens in France deserves to be read with no interruptions so you can fully immerse yourself into the whole experience, once you have spent some time with these people you will think differently. It gave a nod to restoring faith in human nature with plenty of smiles along the way. Will Hannah reappear and if so what could the outcome be ? Perfect .. I would love to see what happens after France. I offered to read this voluntarily and this is my unbiased true opinion. Thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Izzy Bayliss

    I loved What Happens in France. It is such a sweet, feel-good read with the warmest characters & made me both laugh and cry. The setting is divine too - it was a treat to escape to France in dreary January. I loved What Happens in France. It is such a sweet, feel-good read with the warmest characters & made me both laugh and cry. The setting is divine too - it was a treat to escape to France in dreary January.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)

    If I'm being completely honest, What Happens in France wasn't my favorite read. I can really appreciate the author's efforts, and I thought the plotline had enormous potential. However, the writing could have been paced better, and I wish the story and the characters were more developed. I really liked the idea of a game show, and I wish it had been highlighted more in terms of trivia rather than random quests and missions. We’re told early in the story that Bryony has a talent for answering tri If I'm being completely honest, What Happens in France wasn't my favorite read. I can really appreciate the author's efforts, and I thought the plotline had enormous potential. However, the writing could have been paced better, and I wish the story and the characters were more developed. I really liked the idea of a game show, and I wish it had been highlighted more in terms of trivia rather than random quests and missions. We’re told early in the story that Bryony has a talent for answering trivia questions, but she rarely gets the opportunity to highlight and show it off because the game show instead is requiring her and her fellow contestants to run around France to complete side quests. The writing itself focused too much on creating drama between the characters where the pacing became too quick during fun, action-filled scenes and too slow during random filler conversations. Although I can understand the different characters were chosen for the game show for entertainment purposes, they almost felt too over-the-top to the point where it wasn’t realistic. I also wished that the story had more descriptions of rural France which is the primary setting of this novel. Truthfully, I would have forgotten where the characters were located if it weren’t for the title of this book. One aspect of the story I really enjoyed was Bryony blog posts for her sister Hannah. They gave us a smaller snapshot of Bryony’s true feelings and shows that despite everything else, she truly misses her sister and wants to reunite her family. Overall, I don't think this book was for me, but I can also see where it would appeal to other readers. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Not usually my read........But when this brilliant author Carol Wyer writes a book I have to read it. So when What happens in France came up to read I requested it. WoW.............WoW...........and Double WoW............What a Fantastic, Fun and beautifully written book this was. I was hooked from the title as I have just moved to France to live and this book was just calling me to read. Bryony Masters is looking for her long lost sister called Hannah who is a lot older than her. She left home Not usually my read........But when this brilliant author Carol Wyer writes a book I have to read it. So when What happens in France came up to read I requested it. WoW.............WoW...........and Double WoW............What a Fantastic, Fun and beautifully written book this was. I was hooked from the title as I have just moved to France to live and this book was just calling me to read. Bryony Masters is looking for her long lost sister called Hannah who is a lot older than her. She left home when Bryony was a young child. Bryony has been looking for Hannah for years and has written a Blog searching for her on Social media. Their loving father has had a severe stroke and this search has taken on new meaning as their father is very poorly. A new reality game show is about to be made and they are calling out for unusual contestants. Bryony remembers that Hannah loved reality game shows and has to apply to be on it. Hopefully by being on this new show, this will help find Hannah before it's too late. So when What happens in France was a brilliant read. You become apart of this book. All the characters play their parts so well and they are all likeable I even liked Professor Potts character even though I wanted to punch him in several bits of the book lol. The last few Chapters you will find out why Hannah left home. You will understand why Bryony wants to see her again. I did need a tissue at the end of this book and that's all I am saying. This is a book that is a fun read and you can relate to. I hope there's a follow up, as I feel I would like to learn more about Hannah's life. Carol's books are just a must read and I highly recommend you to read them. A author that just gets better and better. Her books are just brilliant. Well done Carol. A massive Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read this and review it.........Big Fat 5 stars from me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    B.R. Maycock

    I’ll admit the premise of this had me early on (the gameshow!) and with all the gushing that was coming off the screen at me from other bloggers I was excited to read this. Coincidentally it came at the same time as I started to read The Birthday by the same author which is a thriller. I had cut my Kindle Unlimited connection just a few days before and so lost this and was beyond bereft (I honestly mean this and it reminds me to go buy it now!) as I was only a little into the book and was hooked I’ll admit the premise of this had me early on (the gameshow!) and with all the gushing that was coming off the screen at me from other bloggers I was excited to read this. Coincidentally it came at the same time as I started to read The Birthday by the same author which is a thriller. I had cut my Kindle Unlimited connection just a few days before and so lost this and was beyond bereft (I honestly mean this and it reminds me to go buy it now!) as I was only a little into the book and was hooked beyond belief! Anyhoo back to this, with Bryony Masters deciding she has absolutely explored all other avenues of finding her long lost sister and so she heads off to France to take part in a game show she hopes her sister will see. I enjoyed the game show and the characters that came with it but for me the star of the show was really the diary extracts that gave us pieces of the puzzle. All in all I enjoyed although I wasn’t sure of my agreement of the reason of Hannah’s disappearance but every person is different so what fits one won’t fit the other. Funnily enough, with the epic descriptiveness throughout that puts you right there and somehow has the slightest tinge of darkness to them, this is a book that will send me running back to get to all of Ms. Wyer’s thrillers, which I can only assume will continue to be epic!! Thanks so much to Canelo and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review. Rating: 4/5

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really wanted to like What Happens in France, but I just could never really get into it. I love reality shows and stories that take place in Europe, so I thought this book would have everything I would want in a good read. However, I just kept getting bogged down in the details and I found myself skimming more than reading. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Bryony is trying to find her sister who ran away from home over 30 years ago. This book is engaging, entertaining and at times tear jerking. I really enjoyed it. The relationship between Bryony and her friend Melinda is heart warming. The tale of the game show is fun and frothy but in the back ground you keep wondering where is Hannah? Will Bryony find Hannah. Highly recommended as an entertaining read.

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