Not Quite Nice

notquitenice26 Feb 2015 UK release
March 17, 2015 US release
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN-10: 140884687X
ISBN-13: 978-1408846872

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter’s obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice.

With its beautiful villas, its bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast. Once the hideaway of artists and writers, it is now home to the odd rock icon and Hollywood movie star, and, as Theresa soon discovers, a close-knit set of expats. There’s Carol, the infinitely glamorous American and her doting husband David; the erstwhile British TV star Sally; the ferocious Sian and her wayward Australian poet husband; the sharply witty Zoe with her strangely youthful face and penchant for white wine – and the suave Brian who catches Theresa’s eye…

As Theresa settles to the gentle rhythm of seaside life she embraces her new-found friendships and freedom. However, life is never quite as simple as it seems and as skeletons start to fall out of several closets, Theresa begins to wonder if life on the French Riviera is quite as nice as it first appeared…

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A hugely enjoyable romp of a novel with eccentric characters, a delightful background and a savoury tang of crime (Katie Fforde)

A warm, light-hearted, fast-paced tale that fans of Peter Mayle will enjoy (Joanne Harris)

A very witty novel by a very witty woman. Hugely entertaining (Julian Fellowes)

Utterly delicious in every way (Joanna Lumley)

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