Please welcome Fiona Valpy, author of The French for Love and The French for Always as she braves our Desert Island Interview.
First, a bit about Fiona:
Fiona Valpy lives in France, having moved there from theUK in 2007. She left behind a career in Marketing and PublicRelations to explore new avenues and now teaches yoga,writes, and runs a successful B&B.Having renovated an old rambling farmhouse with her husband, she has developed new-found skills in cement-mixing and interior decorating, although her preferred pastime by far is wine-tasting.
Connect with Fiona:
If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?
Pride and Prejudice – I read it about once a year because it’s where chick-lit began.
What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?
A pen and notebook (oops, sorry, that’s two!) so I could write the book of my adventures as a castaway.
What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?
One of those penknives that has gazillions of different blades, including a nail-file for manicures and a pair of scissors for DIY hair trimming sessions, to keep the split ends under control after all that sun and sea. As with all good chick-lit heroines, standards would need to be maintained!
Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?
I think I’d love it! I’m very self-sufficient. And I’d lose myself in my writing.
If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?
A gorgeous older man with a great sense of humour – so my husband, of course. (But if he’s not reading this then please can I have Bruce Willis?)
What modern technology would you miss the most?
Access to the internet. I’d miss being able to keep up with what my sons are up to.
What food or beverage would you miss the most?
Digestive biscuits – I do love to dunk!
How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?
Well, that all depends on whether I’m stranded with my husband or with Bruce...
What is the first thing you would do when rescued?
Have a long soak in a hot bath with lots of beautiful-smelling products. And then the second thing would be a cup of tea accompanied, of course, by a large stack of Digestives.
What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?
You’ll never guess who I was just stranded with!!!
Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Château into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiancé Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Château Bellevue – set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux.
After months of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality – until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything.
With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to
turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little courage can she save Château Bellevue before the summer is over?