Vicki’s Work of Heart by Rosie Dean
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Stranded at the altar, knee-deep in her fiancé’s gambling debts, Vicki Marchant seizes her freedom and moves to France, to paint.
It’s her time. No man will get in the way of her ambition again.
She learns two things: some men are hard to resist, and her judgement of them is still on the dodgy side.
“Always make the most of the here and now.”
Wow! What an intro. Girl gets dumped at the altar. Girl gets drunk and has the reception anyway. Way to go, Vicki. Unfortunately, that’s the least of it. The ex leaves her with a mountain of debt. However, when the debt is paid, Vicki decides to focus on herself by quitting her job as an art teacher and moving to France for a year to pursue her dream of painting. Will her handsome and charming landlord be a distraction? Not if she can help it.
Why do I like the jilted bride/dumped girlfriend theme so much? Probably because the woman has sworn off men and then unexpectedly falls for the broody and/or bad boy type. Christophe certainly has both of those covered. In fact, his whole family is full of scandal and drama. As an equine veterinarian and owner of racehorses he is a busy guy and he doesn’t have time for an attractive painter living in his house, especially what happened last time a woman moved in.
Vicki is funny and engaging and I love how enthusiastic she is about painting. Once she gets her mojo going, she creates some beautiful stuff, but her bad choices in men is giving her bad karma. She’s a bit gullible, but she finally figures her life out. Christophe gives off some mixed signals with Vicki, but he’s got a lot on his mind as he tries to soothe family egos and run a veterinary clinic. He seems like a womanizer at first, but turns out to be a pretty decent guy and apparently a good dancer. 🙂
Add in supporting characters like Vicki’s best friend Isabelle who makes some life changes of her own and Christophe’s flamboyant, single-minded mother who only wants the best for her son (better late than never) and you get a well-rounded cast. Of course, there are some antagonists that I won’t divulge because it will spoil the fun.
I recommend this fun, life-renewal, romantic venture about taking chances and reinventing yourself. The plot has a bit of a sinister twist as well.
Thank you to Ms. Dean for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rosie Dean has been writing stories and plays since she was big enough to type. After studying ceramic design and gaining a ‘degree in crockery’ as the man in her life calls it, she became an Art & Pottery teacher. Seven years later, she moved into corporate world, writing training courses and marketing copy until the lure of being a full-time writer became irresistible.
Her passion is to write entertaining love stories that can make a reader chuckle, laugh out loud or, occasionally, feel a lump in the throat. Most of all, she loves developing the characters who inhabit her stories – eccentricities and screwball scenarios pop up in all of her work. Some of these characters have four legs – because animals offer an interesting counterpoint to human dramas.
Vicki’s story is close to Rosie’s heart. Once an art teacher herself, and going through a difficult time, she would dream of escaping it all to paint. From these dreams, she wrote Vicki’s Work of Heart
Rosie lives on the Isle of Wight, and can see the sea from her writing den.