Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Vicki’s Work of Heart by Rosie Dean as part of the book birthday blitz today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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.
In this book we meet Vicki who is not only left at the altar but lumbered with her fiancé’s debts. Yikes! Deciding to not only make a change in her work life. Vicki decides to take a chance and follow her real passion. So Vicki bravely moves to France to paint and the reader is taken on a journey right alongside her as she tries to follow her dreams.
It was lovely to see Vicki grow in confidence throughout the story. It’s safe to say Vicki hasn’t had much luck especially when it comes to romance. However I thought she handled it bravely and just picked herself up. When Vicki arrives in France it isn’t all plain sailing. There were definitely a few obstacles, with a good dose of drama and trust issues to navigate. I do think Vicki was a great character although she did have her flaws. I have to admit there were times where I couldn’t help but shake my head at her. Especially at her taste in men! However I guess this made her all the more realistic as she took that leap into the unknown.
It was so lovely to take a trip to France with Vicki as she cooks, paints and builds new friendships. I wished I could have been there especially for the food and wine! There is a light hearted feel to this book and it was fun to be a part of Vicki’s journey. The reader gets to see her confidence grow not only in herself but her artistic abilities too. There is a great combination of art, food and romance all within the pages of Vicki’s Work of Heart!
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.
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