Book Review: What Happens in France by Carol Wyer

What Happens in France by Carol Wyer

Publisher: Canelo
Publication Date: 28 January 2019

Blurb

Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years. So when primetime game show ‘What Happens in France’ calls for new contestants, she spots the ultimate public platform to track down the reality TV-obsessed Hannah, and finally reunite their family.
 
Accompanied by handsome teammate Lewis, Bryony soon finds herself on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France.
 
But with a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.
Review

What Happens in France puts me in mind of the 1963 film, It’s a mad mad mad mad world. Both story lines tell of a hugely entertaining madcap journey around a country with the cast trying to outwit their rivals and win the prize! In Bryony Masters’ case, the real prize would be to find her long-lost sister, Hannah.

What Happens in France is set around a TV game show which pits several couples against each other in a scavenger hunt around France. It’s a great premise for a story, providing a thoroughly entertaining backdrop to a surprisingly emotional story. Underneath the wackiness and humour, the author explores the themes of families, trust and guilt. There is a great flow to the writing, combining the lighthearted humour and the weightier themes without missing a step.

Wyer has provided a wonderfully colourful selection of characters, all colourful and engaging. Bryony is a good solid protagonist – intelligent and level-headed, with a undeserved guilt weighing her down. Handsome Lewis plays the potential love interest and I particularly liked Jim and Oscar and their canine companion, Biggie Smalls. He may be a dog, but he’s full of personality! Wyer deftly explores the dynamics between the various competitors.

I must say that I adored the setting. Any book set in France makes me dream of buttery croissants and freshly baked baguettes. I think I’m a bit of a Francophile at heart!

This book is an absolute hoot! It has humour, entertainment, intrigue, romance – what more could you want?!

Big thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book for review.

About the Author
Carol Wyer
A former teacher and linguist, Carol began writing full-time in 2009 and enjoyed much success with several comedies and humorous non-fiction books, one of which, Grumpy Old Menopause won her the People’s Book Prize Award in 2015. 
January 2017, saw her move into police procedurals with Little Girl Lost, the first in the DI Robyn Carter series, that featured in USA Today Top 150 bestselling books and became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon. The books, set in Staffordshire where Carol has lived for over 30 years, earned her acclaim as a crime writer and in 2018, a new team lead by DI Natalie Ward was introduced to her readers.
Carol’s crime novels have since sold over half a million copies and been translated worldwide. As well as writing crime, Kindle top 5 best-seller Carol also still writes comedies because as the ex-stand-up comedian claims, “Laughter is the best medicine”.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.
 
Follow Carol Wyer:

Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk or www.carolwyer.com
Twitter: @carolewyer
Facebook: @AuthorCarolEWyer

 
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