A superbly crafted domestic drama from the author of The Olive Sisters and The French Perfumer.
‘People come to France to reinvent themselves...’
Mia and Ben, an Australian couple in their early thirties, have relinquished one dream and embraced another, selling their Sydney flat and purchasing an old yellow house in the picturesque village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in South-West France.
They soon meet sophisticated neighbours Dominic and Susannah, a British couple in their sixties who welcome them warmly but whose own relationship is in crisis. Mia and Ben are immediately star-struck and impressed by their lavish hospitality. However, things with Dominic and Susannah are not what they first seem.
Gradually secrets begin to surface, revealing details of a scandal Dominic and Susannah had hoped to leave behind in London. Reeling from these revelations, Mia and Ben no longer trust their own instincts and the peaceful idyll of their French life begins to unravel. Can Dominic and Susannah escape each other, and can Ben and Mia they find their way back to each other and the dream they shared?
An intoxicating and hugely entertaining domestic drama by the bestselling author of The French Perfumer.
Praise for Amanda Hampson:
‘A delightful, witty gem of a book that will keep you guessing right to the end.’ Susan Duncan
‘A tale with verve, sharp observations and humour.’ Sarah Turnbull
‘Beautifully written … a cross between literary and popular fiction.’ Coast Living
“An appealing, delightful and engaging read. I whipped through The Yellow Villa in no time at all.”
Mrs B's Book Reviews
“Amanda’s signature wit, keen sense of character and astute storytelling shine through on every page.”
“Don’t expect the usual tale about moving to France and buying a villa where everyone lives happily ever after while nibbling baguettes and brie. This is a well-paced novel with sharp observations, beguiling characters and lots of unexpected twists.”
The Weekly Times
“The Yellow Villa is a glorious, if somewhat dark, page-turning novel that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. The characters are very well-written, as are the descriptions of food, wine, the villa and its renovation. It is an extremely enjoyable read.”