The Folly of French Kissing {review + giveaway}

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… and I can tell you that they detest the Parisian’s far, far more than you.

-The Folly of French Kissing 

While reading Carla McKay’s mysterious and delightful romp through British expat life and intrigues in the south of France, The Folly of French Kissing, I came across countless lines that could have been written about Le Petit Village. So spot on are author Carla McKay’s descriptions of small village life in the South of France that I swear, I’ve actually seen them with my very own eyes…

Behind the church there was an area of pollarded trees and benches where the village elders gathered, tiny old men in flat caps who had lived in the same village all their lives and now had no need to speak to each other having long ago said all there was to say.

Yeah, that’s going to be Brother-in-Law and Honey Jr. in fifty years.

However, The Folly of French Kissing does not take place in Le Petit Village, it is set in the small, fictional village of Vevey, outside of Montpellier, in Provence’s sultry sister to the west, the Languedoc.

In Vevey, the locals fear the Brits are taking over and they begin an Anti-British campaign in revolt. And there are certainly enough British expats there to revolt against. There’s Judith, the literature lover and anonymous published poet who is running from a secret in her not so distance past. Unfortunately for her, she runs into the lecherous Lance, an ad executive turned writer from London who fancies himself to be to the Languedoc, what Peter Mayle is to Provence. Luckily for Judith, there’s the British flag waving Wuthering Heights bookstore to seek refuge in, but will disgraced journalist, Tim, ruin that safe haven for her by exposing her past?

Carla McKay weaves easily through an intricate plot of story lines with a large cast of characters who all have their secrets, lies, and liaisons to hide. Even Vevey itself is hiding shameful memories from the Resistance. (I’ll give you a clue… it involves wine smuggling and Nazis… oh it’s a delicious doozy!)

The Folly of French Kissing is a delectable read a little darker than the standard expat in paradise fare, but nonetheless gratifying and thrilling. And thanks to Gibson Square Books, I am giving away a copy to one lucky reader.

To enter there is one mandatory entry ** and four optional entries. 
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry)
1.** You must be a follower of Sara in Le Petit Village via GFC. If you aren’t already, go ahead and click that blue box up there on the right 
2. Like this blog on Facebook
3. Follow me on Twitter
4. Tweet about the giveaway making sure to add @SaraLouiseLPV to your tweet
5. Become friends with Fifty on Facebook (he really likes making new friends)
Giveaway closes 11:59pm EST, Sunday 16th September.

c’est tout!
bisou

59 responses to “The Folly of French Kissing {review + giveaway}”

  1. Sounds like a good read! I'm a follower.

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  2. I'm a facebook follower!

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  3. I also follow on twitter ;)I guess I'm a full on stalker 😉

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  4. And a Facebook follower…

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  5. And a Fifty facebook follower too 🙂

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  6. Well, I'm already your friend on Google

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  7. And on Facebook. Looks like a fun book!

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  8. This does sound like a fun book and I would love to read it. Hope you are well, Take care Diane

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  9. I love that your dog has his own Facebook! I don't use my personal facebook for blog-related things, but I follow you.

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  10. And will come follow you on Twitter!

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  11. It sounds like a good book (even if I have to buy it).

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  12. I “loves” me some French kissing! And although I'm not a big reader, I bet I would love this book too. So, here's my entry. Maybe I'll read it aloud to Fred and it will put him in the mood. How'd it work for you?m.

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  13. I follow you on GFC and…

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  14. I follow you on Twitter as betsyinlondon !

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  15. et bien sure I tweeted about the giveaway 🙂

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  16. Hmm, I think I was looking at getting that to take on holiday, so I'll keep my fingers crossed in case I win it in the meantime :oD Thanks for the chance to win! (I follow you through Blogger)

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  17. Following you on twitter!

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  18. Done, done, done and done! 😉

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  19. Count me in! I am already following you on GFC…

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  20. …and I am also Fifty's friend too!

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  21. …and I'm a follower on facebook. Thanks!

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  22. Your description of the book was so enticing, I decided to skip the hassle of the contest and just bought it straight away on kindle.

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  23. Hi Sara, sounds a great read. I follow the blog on GFC…

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  24. I like it on Facebook too…

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  25. And lets not forget Twitter – I'm there…

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  26. So I tweeted about your giveaway…

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  27. Fifty has been on my FB newsfeed for a while and finally it is my birthday on Sunday 16th 🙂

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  28. I follow this blog. Gimme the book!

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  29. I LIKE you on Facebook. Gimme this book! : )

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  30. I follow you on Twitter. Gimme the goddamned book! ; ) haha

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  31. Sigh living in a french village sounds so romantic! You are a kucky gal! Traci

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  32. Hey! I follow you via GFC. 🙂

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  33. And I like you on facebook.

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  34. Definitely one of your followers, and I'd love a copy of this book. Sounds like a fun read….

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  35. okay, well, duh I'm a blog follower. and now I really want to read this book! I'm such a sucker for anything related to France. or books. or books set in France.

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  36. following you on Twitter!

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  37. oh…me want that book!

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  38. i'm a GFC follower and i liked your fb

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  39. Interesting blog, I will visit you more often.HugsValeryBarcelona Daily Photo

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  40. So funny that that will be honey jr. and the brother in law…can totally see it. xo

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  41. Hello,Lovely to read your review! I wonder if you are familiar with the author Julia Stagg- she too writes fiction based on her life in France! Her website is http://www.jstagg.com/ in case you're feeling curious 🙂

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  42. Hello. I used to live in a little town called Vevey in Switzerland. Then moved to another side of the lake Geneva and now again I'am living in a small village next to Vevey. Love your blog. And your FB page as well!

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  43. Oh wow, you are so wonderful! And that book sounds fantastic! I follow you!

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