• Escape to the French Farmhouse

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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By: Jo Thomas
Narrated by: Anna Acton
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Can she find her recipe for happiness? 

Del and her husband, Ollie, moved to a beautiful village in Provence for a fresh start after years of infertility struggles. But six weeks after they arrive, they’re packing the removal van once more. As Del watches the van leave for England, she suddenly realises exactly what will make her happier...a new life in France - without Ollie. 

Now alone, all Del has is a crumbling farmhouse, a mortgage to pay and a few lavender plants. What on earth is she going to do? Discovering an old recipe book at the market run by the rather attractive Fabian, Del starts to bake. But can her newfound passion really help her let go of the past and lead to true happiness?

A heart-warming tale about reclaiming your life, set amongst the lavender fields of Provence. Perfect escapism from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and The Honey Farm on the Hill.

©2020 Jo Thomas (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful read!

I enjoyed this book so much! I love hearing about second chances and enjoying a light hearted read with lots of visuals of the good life in France! easy and enjoyable read!

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Escape to the French Farmhouse

I’ve been listening to many similarly-themed books. Unhappy Brit or American moves to France or Italy and worry if they have made a mistake. Eventually, it all works out. This one is a bit different. It delves into the homelessness in France but not in a heavy way. The protagonist, a Brit, not only wants to enjoy French living, but unlike many, she wants to adapt to the culture and, along the way, finds her happiness by doing so.

The narrator has a lovely voice. While not the best at male voices, her melodic sweet voice makes up for it.

A good listen—a good story. I look forward to more from Jo Thomas.

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Such a lovely story!

Enjoyable from beginning to end straight down to the story teller who was perfect. I would have loved a second book. So sad it ended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-20

I devoured it in two days

I just loved this book, it is my second book by this author and I have just downloaded 3 more, the descriptions of the places and the characters just draw you in. A perfect escape.

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  • Tag Coaster
  • 09-03-20

A lovely listen!

Totally feel good, well worth your time! A really nice story. The narrator has an easy-to-listen-to voice. Treat yourself!

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  • Jane
  • 05-20-22

Feel good feeling

This author is new to me. I bought the book on a 2 for 1. I am so pleased I did .It’s a lovely story with a great main character. An uplifting tale of good intentions and an evocative description of life in a French village. Will buy more by this author.

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  • Sally R
  • 04-25-21

nice story all neatly tied up in the last 30mins

I don't really rate the narration style, she didn't really add much in the way of emotion or feelings. it was just read out really. The story however was nice and an easy listen. Some of the ways Del dealt with matters and how she saw things was a bit hard to grasp. i.e. she didn't really dwell on her feelings after her husband left and then felt bereft for asking Steph if she stole the money - with good reason I add - but Steph was completely upset and left. an overreaction but all that aside it was lovely to live in the lavender scented farmhouse with rosè being drunk every lunchtime and romance budding everywhere. I'd have liked to dwell on the romance more but the other storylines were good also. The 'clearing' was a nice addition.

overall enjoyable especially as a summer getaway

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  • Karen Dearnaley
  • 11-05-20

waste of a credit

I was really looking forward to reading this as I'd loved another novel by the same author. However this was so boring I abandoned it two hours from the end.

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  • dk.bookworm
  • 09-11-20

Time to escape to a french farmhouse

Once again another lovely story from Jo Thomas. Now I want to try baking with lavender .
Great narration

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  • AG
  • 11-28-22

Not sure …

I listened to this book because of Anna Acton. I liked some of the performances in books of her before.
This book is also ok. But a bit too much overthinking, self-doubt and worry in there for my liking.

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  • Sheena d.
  • 07-20-22

Fabulous

Lovely lovely story told in a perfect voice for it. I’ll be buying more for my own escapism

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  • Page-Turner'
  • 05-23-22

Enjoyable listen

Just a good listen. Imagery creation was delightful. Well read. Just what I needed on my drive to work.

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  • Mrs Bell
  • 05-17-22

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this is the first jo thomas book i have listened to the characters are loveable and i want to keep hearing more about del and everyone in her life. narrator was superb her accents were fantastic!

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  • Narelle
  • 11-07-22

New beginnings

A novel filled with love, courage, compassion, heartache and second chances. Set in the beautiful idealistic Southern France. In the heart of Lavender country.