Tuesday 21 August 2018

Blog Tour ~ How to Find Love in the Little Things by Virginie Grimaldi

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to be hosting today's stop on the 

How to Find Love in the Little Things Blog Tour

Headline Review
23 August 2018

My thanks to the publishers and to Random Things tours for my copy of this book and my invitation to the blog tour

What's it all about..

Welcome to Ocean View. You don't know it yet, but you'll be happy here...' 

Julia's not running away. Not exactly. She just needs a break from Paris and Marc and all the sad stuff that's been going on lately. A little time to pull herself together. 

The job offer felt like a lifeline. But now she's back in Biarritz, suitcase in hand, she hasn't the faintest idea what she was thinking. 

What Julia doesn't yet know is there's more to the odds and ends of Ocean View than meet the eye. Behind the double doors lie broken hearts, lifelong secrets, a touch of romance and an unwavering passion for life. And sometimes it's the most unlikely of places and people who help you find your way.

My thoughts about it..

How to Find Love in the Little Things is one of those lovely stories which looks at the quirks and eccentricities of older people. Setting the novel in a care home in Biarritz allows the main protagonist of the story, Julia, to come to terms with a personal loss whilst working at the  Ocean View Nursing Home. As a psychologist, Julia is perfectly placed to try to understand the elderly residents of the home, but, as she discovers, sometimes it's them who are doing their best to do the analysing.

I enjoyed this light and easy summer read which has a charming mixture of happy and sad moments interspersed with gentle insights into the vagaries of life whatever your age. The delightful characterisation made me smile especially the residents who call Ocean View their home,  they're an odd bunch, to be sure, but mostly they made me smile, and I enjoyed seeing how everything would, eventually, play out for all of them. Julia's story which runs alongside the events taking place in the nursing home shows just how she learns to cope with her own personal loss, which is handled sensitively, and adds an interesting dimension to the story.

The author writes well with a fine eye for detail and whilst the story has been translated from its original French it doesn't seem to lose its momentum. All too often books in translation can lose their original verve but this is not so with How to Find Love in the Little Things, which kept my attention throughout the whole of the story.

Virginie Grimaldi grew up in Bordeaux and has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel aged eight in a green notebook with multiplication tables in the back. It was about love and the sea and featured a thirty-page-long sunset . . . How to Find Love in the Little Things was first published in France in May 2016 and became an instant bestseller, translated into multiple languages.

Twitter @GinieGrimaldi



  1. Thanks so much for the Blog tour support Jo x

    1. Always a pleasure, Anne, thank you for organising another great blog tour. X


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