The French Postmistress by Julia Stagg

Written by on July 30, 2013 in Book Reviews And Interviews

The French Postmistress

The French Postmistress is the third book in a series about the commune of Fogas in the French Pyrenees by acclaimed author Julia Stagg

I have not read any of the previous books but it didn’t matter, I picked up the story and characters easily but it definitely left me wanting to read the books that came before!

The French Postmistress is the story of Véronique Estaque, postmistress in a tiny commune where the post office has burned down. She tries valiantly to have the post office rebuilt but there are sinister outside influences that conspire against her. Those same powers are also aiming to affect life for other residents in the tight knit community including the Mayor who is suffering from a lack of joie de vivre after losing his wife.

Julia Stagg writes with affection and experience for a part of France she knows well having moved from the UK to the gorgeous Ariège-Pyrenees region of France to run a small auberge with her husband. It’s easy to imagine the forests, the mountains and the beautiful landscape which she describes with flair. The deft plot of the book unweaves effortlessly and you are drawn into the day to day lives of those in the book as secrets and lies unfold. There is a dark side to the story which keeps the plot lively and intriguing, seething passions and tensions below the surface, and rich characters hold your attention from start to finish.

This is a story of love lost, love unrequited and love gained. It is also the story of a typical French village in the Pyrenees but with some extraordinary goings on! Bears reintroduced into the wild by the Government, the arrival of a talk dark handsome stranger and an opportunity afforded by the Tour de France. Politics, villains, hunting and a bull called Sarko – the book is a rich story skilfully interwoven and you’ll be left wanting more!

It all adds up to pure escapism, fun, drama, romance and a very French tale with a twist in its … tail.

One to read on the beach, on the bus or in bed…

Related Articles

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes in the kitchens of French families as she travelled throughout France. Reading Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table you’ll join her as she explores Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers’ markets, […]

Continue Reading

Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

A series of of short vignettes details the lives of Keith and Val, a couple of Americans living a double life. Half the year they’re in Silicon Valley, California and the other half they spend in St Remy de Provence, France. After several years of to-ing and fro-ing, learning French, making friends and really digging […]

Continue Reading

Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell | Book review

Claude Monet, the impressionist painter is one of the most famous artists that ever lived. Many people visit his house and beautiful gardens at Giverny, in Normandy, and fall in love with the artistry present in the garden’s beauty. I, like many, associate him with his famous paintings of the lily ponds there. When I […]

Continue Reading

French Farce by Stanley George | Review

Stanley George, his wife, and two dogs Fritz and Truda took a leap into a new life in France thirteen years ago, after enjoying many holidays there. Both retired, house sold, with the world their oyster they hadn’t decided on the region they were going to live in, however they knew it would be a […]

Continue Reading

Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside (Review)

After reading Mark Greenside’s first and extremely entertaining book, ‘I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany, I couldn’t wait to start this one, and I was not disappointed! The first book tells how in 1991 a reluctant Mark agrees to visit Brittany with a girlfriend, and […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top