Advertisements
Advertisements
Advertisements

Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas

Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas
Advertisements

Eliza has a full house! When her three children grew up and moved out, she downsized to a smaller property… but now they’re all back. Every room in the house is taken and Eliza finds herself sharing her bed with her eldest daughter and her daughter’s pug. Combined with the online course she’s trying to finish, plus her job to fit in, there just isn’t the peace and quiet that Eliza needs.

So when an ad pops up on her laptop saying ‘house-sitters wanted’, Eliza can’t resist the chance to escape. She ends up moving to a rural finca in southern Spain, looking after the owner’s Iberico pigs, learning about secret gastronomic societies… and finding a new zest for life and love along the way.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Retreat to the Spanish Sun by Jo Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a lovely escape and heartwarming, fun story! I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, yet relaxing, uplifting, and rewarding summer vacation book whether you’re taking one with you on your trip or stuck at home and wish you were on holiday.

I would like to thank Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for providing me with an advance readers copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.

The Story
It’s sweet, fun, adventurous, delicious.

The market, sense of community, uncertainty and ambivalence, a bit of mystery, friendship, laughter, falling in love, it’s got it all.

And I always learn something new and interesting with Jo Thomas, whether it’s about an industry, lifestyle, place, or cuisine. I love how each story embraces the full experience with open arms.

That being a lot of lovely culture and food. With food being jamón and various tapas, ingredients of olive oil, chorizo, peppers, tomatoes, dishes of Spanish omelette, patatas bravas, I could go on, it was all immersive.

The Writing
So easy to get into. It’s this casual style, no hesitancy to celebrate secondary language and culture which makes it fresh and flow nicely. Just enough without being distracting, enough to build story and make you curious to dive deeper into every aspect of lifestyle and recipe.

The characters were also lovely, distinguished, and well positioned to support the story through and through, even the side characters were equally entertaining and memorable.

Always looking forward to more!

View all my reviews

Grab some coffee or tea and Join Our Conversation!

What are your thoughts?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest from the Blog

Love and Saffron by Kim Fay

The #1 Indie Next Pick, in the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road and Meet Me at the Museum, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine.  When twenty-seven-year-old Joan Bergstrom sends a fan […]

Latest from the Blog

Estée Lauder A Beautiful Life by Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder

Estée Lauder Youth-Dew Dusting Powder Box Absolutely captivating, with opulent flowers, rich spices, precious woods. Estée Lauder Free 7-Piece GiftYours with any purchase! Life in Beauty “Age is an irrelevancy to every woman. Glow is the essence of beauty, and it’s the absence of radiance that diminishes beauty-at any age.” ~Estée Lauder WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE […]

Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook

For readers of The Light Between Oceans and The Island of Sea Women, a feminist adventure story set against the backdrop of the dangerous pearl diving industry in 19th-century Western Australia, about a young English woman who sets off to uncover the truth about the disappearance of her eccentric father. Western Australia, 1886. After months at sea, a […]

Latest from the Blog

Latest from the Blog

100 Plants to Feed the Birds by Laura Erickson

Synopsis The growing group of bird enthusiasts who enjoy feeding and watching their feathered friends  will learn how they can expand their activity and help address the pressing issue of habitat loss with 100 Plants to Feed the Birds.   In-depth profiles offer planting and care guidance for 100 native plant species that provide food and shelter […]

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers

Synopsis Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star. Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up […]

%d bloggers like this: