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Originally reviewed on of all, let me just say that I could have been lost in this book for months on end and I wouldn t have noticed the days slipping by That s how involved I, as the reader, felt during my reading of Karen Adlous s third novel with Carina It was utterly evocative, filled to the brim with real emotions and issues, and set in the most beautiful of places, meaning it was impossible for me not to sink into the story which unfolded and co Originally reviewed on of all, let me just say that I could have been lost in this book for months on end and I wouldn t have noticed the days slipping by That s how involved I, as the reader, felt during my reading of Karen Adlous s third novel with Carina It was utterly evocative, filled to the brim with real emotions and issues, and set in the most beautiful of places, meaning it was impossible for me not to sink into the story which unfolded and completely lose myself to this author s stunning storytelling skills What I adored most about The Riviera by Karen Aldous was that this wasn t just any old love story It was a beautiful novel exploring the deepest, darkest depths of relationships and tugging them wide open for the reader to take a good look at As Karen begins Lizzie s story, who we first meet in The Vineyard, it appears that everything is going perfectly Lizzie, after the most disastrous past in regards to relationships, is feeling warmly settled with the dashing Cal by her side and her son Thierry doing brilliantly It s clear as day that Lizzie s life couldn t have turned out better Everything that she d wished for previously is in her hands and Lizzie is certainlythan happy that things have turned out in such a way Karen expertly included snippets of information from the past to ensure that the reader s memory was taken back to when they were first introduced to Lizzie, and this also works brilliantly for any new readers who are only just meeting Lizzie for the first time and therefore aren t sure of what happened beforehand But, just as we re beginning to get used to the idyllic family image, Karen throws a spanner into the works and suddenly, Cal is heading back to the island of Nantucket to deal with his teenage son s life crisis, and this, dear readers, is where the problems start cropping up for poor, dear Lizzie Karen ensures that the reader is made completely aware of Lizzie s history with men, and therefore, when things begin to get out of hand, it s obvious that Lizzie has good reason to think what she does The author allowed me to understand Lizzie s emotions perfectly They were so raw and real and I truly felt for this character It didn t take me long at all to warm to Lizzie She had such a gorgeous nature, kind and caring and so grateful for everything that she had in her life, so when things began to turn nasty for her and her mind began to work overtime, I really wanted to jump into my Kindle and give her a big squeeze Cal is called back to Nantucket, but just when Lizzie s thoughts begin to turn a nasty shade of green, things get so much worse when Cal s ex announces that her relationship with new man Reuben is failing Paranoid, alone and worrying herself to death, Karen describes beautifully the array of emotions and thoughts that Lizzie goes through It s clear that Lizzie loves Cal to the very ends of the earth, but throughout this novel, as it progresses, their relationship and Lizzie s trust in Cal is truly stretched to its limits Alongside this fantastic focus and dissection of a relationship and trust, Karen includes the birth of new relationships too Intertwined into Lizzie s story is the story of long lost members of her mother s family and the long, gruelling search and putting together of jigsaw pieces which had me completely gripped from beginning to end What I loved most about this was that it became such a gorgeous, welcoming break when the emotions of Lizzie and Cal s relationship became too much It was such a fantastically crafted story that had me fighting to keep my eyes open in bed just to continue reading Karen truly knows how to write a smashing story that has the reader feeling completely and utterly involved in the circumstances that arrive The setting was absolutely stunning, and the progression of the characters and their situations kept me reading and enthralled It s safe to say that when I reached the end of The Riviera I felt like I ve lived the entire thing right beside Lizzie, I d even go as far as saying I felt a little bit exhausted from what Karen s characters go through within this novel.This was a gorgeously told tale about the things that matter most to us The ones we love, the ones we trust and even the ones that we re only just meeting for the first time but know they ll become a huge part of our lives Faced with real and raw dilemmas, terrifying choices and the to ing and fro ing of intuition, I really cannot reccommend The Riviera by Karen Aldous enough There was so much for me to sink my teeth into, and I m hungry forfrom this author I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next because I, for one, will be waiting with baited breath for the announcement of her next novel Well done, Karen, this was exceptional Five cupcakes from me Lizzie and Cal are enjoying life together then life throws a few bumps in the road He has to fly to America to find out why his teenage son is so unhappy They have some heart to hearts and he gets to the bottom of the matter.Lizzie flies out and they all stay in his ex wife s beach house but she s ever present and it makes life a little uncomfortable Lizzie has to return home to her business in Cannes and starts to wonder if they will ever move into the new home Cal bought that has a Vineya Lizzie and Cal are enjoying life together then life throws a few bumps in the road He has to fly to America to find out why his teenage son is so unhappy They have some heart to hearts and he gets to the bottom of the matter.Lizzie flies out and they all stay in his ex wife s beach house but she s ever present and it makes life a little uncomfortable Lizzie has to return home to her business in Cannes and starts to wonder if they will ever move into the new home Cal bought that has a Vineyard attached Can their relationship survive these separations The settings are so beautiful in this book I could settle myself quite happily at the beach house and the Villa sounds beautiful and Lizzie s appartment sounds like the height of luxury I love books that draw you into the atmosphere and leave you in a lovely bubble.There are many other surprises revealed throughout the book and I just couldn t wait to find time to sit down with the book.I enjoyed every page This was a sequel and I m now desperate to read the first one to see how they met.Many thanks to the Carina UK and NetGalley for a copy of this book I was given an ecopy of The Riviera in exchange for an honest review by Karen s publishers Carina which I amthan happy to give I didn t read the synopsis or givethan a cursory glance to the cover, so unlike me as I am an out and out cover tart, it was sufficient just to know Karen Aldous had written another book.It s July 2015 and the sun is finally shining because at last, I have got my hands on a copy of Karen Aldous latest offering The Riviera, a sequel to The Vineyard It seems I was given an ecopy of The Riviera in exchange for an honest review by Karen s publishers Carina which I amthan happy to give I didn t read the synopsis or givethan a cursory glance to the cover, so unlike me as I am an out and out cover tart, it was sufficient just to know Karen Aldous had written another book.It s July 2015 and the sun is finally shining because at last, I have got my hands on a copy of Karen Aldous latest offering The Riviera, a sequel to The Vineyard It seems so long since I read The Vineyard, yet in reality it s just short of eleven months.Karen has woven a story of love around family, trust and friendships with a healthy dose of romance for good measure Secrets are uncovered, friendships and relationships are forged This is a truly beautiful novel that will at times break your heart, then lift it beyond recognition The Riviera gives us the chance to find out what happened to our main characters Lizzie and Cal after we closed the final chapter on them in The Vineyard along with their mothers and best friends Charlie and Sophie Suffice to say Cal and Lizzie are madly in love and planning for the future Their happiness and love literally oozes off the pages, burning hotter than the hottest french sunshine ever could until a cloud hangs over them, that nothing seems able to shift.Just as they are making plans and building their dream home together Cal receives an urgent message from his son, a cryptic message for help that sees Cal boarding a plane to America to offer him support He wasn t able to support him through his younger years so is determined to be there for him now Although, at this stage he has no idea how much and for how long that support will be, he just knows he has to put his relationship with his son first.The time Cal spent with Jack brings them closer together but without realising pushes his relationship with Lizzie to the edge Just like in real life events unfold and a few curve balls are thrown prompting some truthful but painful conversations The emotions run high and as a reader I wasn t quite sure which way things would go This book displays so well how lack of communication and trust can cause problems to escalate Often situations are multi faceted and are easy to misread, you ve got to be able to see things from many angles to truly understand.The Riviera sees Cal and Lizzie repeatedly pulled in different directions, trying to do their best by their family and by their work commitments and it s all down to Karen s descriptive ability that I felt I was taking the journey with them The vulnerability and innocence of Jack and Thierry, Lizzie s son melted my heart time and time again Past problems, hurt, mis trust and jealousy drive a wedge between Cal and Lizzie that just didn t feel right I was firmly in their corner willing them to sort out their problems, I could have cried for a wasted relationship.This novel delivers exactly what you except andproviding escapism withthan a touch of reality I d advise everyone to grab a glass of wine and settle down for a journey that is highly emotional but will leave you sighing contentedly The hot french sun sees passion and tempers running high but what happens when the evening cools with the setting sun you ll have to read it for yourself and find out You won t be disappointed, Karen Aldous is an author that you need on auto order As I raise my glass of rose I ask Karen how can you top this Cheers Let me begin by saying that the cover art for this book drew me in right from the beginning The colors are gorgeous and breathtaking I had a hard time getting into this book from the beginning though, content wise The story itself is intriguing and drew me in A new and magical relationship, love at first sight it seems Then Cal s son is starting to have issues back in America and Cal runs to his side as any parent would in his situation He feels anytime with his son is special and when Cal Let me begin by saying that the cover art for this book drew me in right from the beginning The colors are gorgeous and breathtaking I had a hard time getting into this book from the beginning though, content wise The story itself is intriguing and drew me in A new and magical relationship, love at first sight it seems Then Cal s son is starting to have issues back in America and Cal runs to his side as any parent would in his situation He feels anytime with his son is special and when Cal receives that cryptic message from his son he has no other choice to be by his side.Cal only plans hopefully to be away a few days time He hopes he can fix things when he arrives Then he will send for Lizzie and her child to join him.This time apart is not easy for Lizzie to handle and it becomes harder each and every day.The initial short time Cal intended to spend becomes longer and longer Lizzie starts to worry will he be coming back Is something happening happening with Cal s son s mom I found it hard to jump around between the different story lines and at times it made me lose interest in the story Nicely written but hard to keep my attention 4.5Posted in full I loved Karen Aldous The Vineyard back in May last year but I wasn t quite sure I wanted to let some of the characters go Cal and Lizzie and Sophie stole my heart and so I was thrilled to learn that Karen was writing a sequel One summer later, in The Riviera, Lizzie and Cal are now happily settled together, with plans to move in to a new place Cal has easily bonded with Lizzie s child Thierry and he s an adorable little character 4.5Posted in full I loved Karen Aldous The Vineyard back in May last year but I wasn t quite sure I wanted to let some of the characters go Cal and Lizzie and Sophie stole my heart and so I was thrilled to learn that Karen was writing a sequel One summer later, in The Riviera, Lizzie and Cal are now happily settled together, with plans to move in to a new place Cal has easily bonded with Lizzie s child Thierry and he s an adorable little character too Cal and Lizzie are very loved up but when a mysterious message from Cal s son Jack comes through, the happy couple are set to face some time alone as Cal heads off to America to help his son through some of his toughest teenage moments He s hoping to come back to Provence as soon as Jack is feeling better but with his son struggling, Cal doesn t want to sacrifice a relationship with him and so things don t work out entirely as planned First off, I loved seeing the bond between Cal and his son grow Cal s never really had much chance to support his son but you can tell how much Jack values him from the start of this book Jack was a little sensitive as he let his problems with people from school take over a bit and like most teenagers, he felt like he knew what was best and wasn t great at following any guidance I did think that Cal was the influence Jack needed, as with Jack not getting on with his mum s partner and not feeling like he could talk to his mum, he needed someone to be there for him a bitand to show some understanding I found Jack to be really likeable and I liked how he was always thinking of the next step, making plans even if they were unrealistic He didn t just sit back without a care in the world I also loved the way Thierry took to him and how excited Thierry was because he had a new friend and someone maybe a little less girly than his mother What has always drawn me to Karen s writing is the beautiful description she uses and how she builds up a setting so evocatively Again, we really get a good feel for Provence here and how tempting would it be to sit out in Provence, sun shining, book in one hand, glass of ros in the other I will say that I found this book took a little longer to settle into than Karen s others I think there was a lot of dialogue early on which maybe if it had been broken up a little, explained to us without all the speaking, then it would have been a bit easier for me to immerse myself into the story But having said that I was soon captured by the glorious setting and the story that was unfolding When Jack spends his week long school holiday in France with Cal, Lizzie and Thierry, they take him around Cannes as he explores the area and that was when Karen s vivid description and ability to make you dream of escaping to the setting within seconds came into play the most Every sight, every little detail was like a little slice of heaven and I liked how taken by the setting Jack was and how he so easily seemed to fit into the family When Jack s holiday is over, it s back to term time and Cal again heads off with him to see him through In Lizzie s eyes, this means he will be spending a lottime with Jack s mum Kelly and this is where we see a slightly different side to Lizzie, the mistrust and the overthinking Lizzie seemed to come to conclusions too swiftly and she starts off with a mere thought and builds it into a massive obstacle I was really hoping she would see communication was the answer, rather than letting her thoughts take over, because this is Cal and Cal was lovely There wasto The Riviera than I had been anticipating, especially in the form of a twist or two towards the end There were things I was expecting to happen which didn t and vice versa and I liked the little surprise element to the story In my eyes there were three strands to this story, Lizzie s jealousy and fear for her relationship with Cal, Cal s building of a relationship with his son Jack and then theminor but equally beautiful part with Lizzie s mum, Caroline There s an underlying theme of family and a sense of belonging and I was entranced by it all I just can t get enough of Karen Aldous stunning writing and with each dreamy setting, each group of characters I am won over yet again and left eager forReview copy So as much as I loved the story, I absolutely hated one of the main characters Lizzie was portrayed as a spoilt little child I understand trust issues but in reality, it made her seem mad and selfish Honestly, I hate characters like this in real life so I hated it in the book as well. .Free Ebook ☩ The Riviera ♳ The journey is only as good as its end It s been a hard journey, but Lizzie Lambert s life is a Proven al dream come true Her business is wildly successful, and with her little boy and the love of her life, Cal, she is making a beautiful home on the vineyard for their blended familyBut when Cal goes to America to support his son through a teenage crisis, it becomes clear the kid s not the only one with some growing up to do Cal s glamorous ex wife wants to get her claws in him again As Cal spends longer and longer away, Lizzie wonders, was it all too good to be true Escape to Provence with Karen Aldous The Riviera, the perfect read for an idyllic summer The Riviera is the follow up to Aldous earlier book, The Vineyard It is the continuing story of Lizzie and Cal They are living in Cannes, France with Lizzie s 3 year old son, Thierry Lizzie is working at her cosmetic surgery salon and Cal is finishing off his new house They are deeply in love, enjoying life together and everything seems perfect Life then throws a few obstacles in their direction, namely Cal s family His 16 year son Jack lives in Nantucket,USA with Cal s ex wife, Kelly, a The Riviera is the follow up to Aldous earlier book, The Vineyard It is the continuing story of Lizzie and Cal They are living in Cannes, France with Lizzie s 3 year old son, Thierry Lizzie is working at her cosmetic surgery salon and Cal is finishing off his new house They are deeply in love, enjoying life together and everything seems perfect Life then throws a few obstacles in their direction, namely Cal s family His 16 year son Jack lives in Nantucket,USA with Cal s ex wife, Kelly, and he is having a very difficult time at school Distance parenting is not an option on this occasion and Cal has to travel to the US to be there for Jack and to root out the cause of his unhappiness Lizzie flies out to stay with Cal at his ex wife s beach house She notices how much his ex wife is around and when Lizzie has to return home, she becomes anxious at leaving Cal exposed to Kelly s clutches The characters of Lizzie and Cal are familiar, having met them in the earlier book, The Vineyard Karen Aldous has a great way of creating realistic and relatable characters Both Cal and Lizzie are dedicated to being good parents and the author tells of the strong bond each character has with their respective children, something which can naturally get in the way of later relationships even if the children like and respect the new partner Lizzie and Cal both met under difficult circumstances see The Vineyard for further details and Lizzie, particularly, remains wary, paranoid and untrusting As such, when Cal has to spend an extended period in Nantucket with his son and overly friendly ex wife, Lizzie s imagination starts to run haywire The book keeps the reader wondering anxiously whether Cal and Lizzie can overcome their obstacles Will this be the end for their relationship I must admit that whilst I liked both main characters, I found Lizzie s overwhelming paranoia to be a bit wearing She seems to carry around a deep seated mistrust towards men understandably given her past experience and unfortunately this also colours her judgment towards Cal Whilst it is apparent that she is concerned about Kelly s intentions, rather than Cal s own intentions, if I were Cal I would be worried that she must see his love for her as being quite weak if she were to truly believe that he would be prepared to leave her for his ex wife There is a lack of trust on her part which is concerning so early on in a relationship However, I admit that this is a realistic if somewhat exaggerated reaction and it provides the basis for the mid to end of the story.The story revolves around issues of relationships, family and, most importantly, trust The relationships between the characters are severely tested whilst the reader waits impatiently to see whether those bonds have held fast, despite the obstacles thrown at them.The settings in The Riviera Cannes, on the French Riviera and Nantucket, USA are fabulous and give the reader a taste of minor wealth and luxury, with beautiful with sandy beaches, sunshine and, in the case of Cannes, a handful of celebrities visiting for the annual Film Festival I actually read The Riviera whilst at my parent s home in the South of France and, had I been there for longer, I probably would have driven around the coast to visit the area.I enjoyed this book and thought it was a great holiday read quick, easy and entertaining Given the ending to the story, I predict that we will be readingabout Lizzie and Cal in the future Originally posted on Paris Baker s Book Nook.Having just recently read The Vineyard, I slipped straight into The Riviera with ease, and was so happy to carry on with Lizzie and Cal s story This could read just fine as a stand alone, but you will miss out on the utter joy that brings us up to this point in The Vineyard, and will not have the same instant relationship with the characters, so I do implore you to read that first.As we start The Riviera, Lizzie and Cal are happily in the throws of l Originally posted on Paris Baker s Book Nook.Having just recently read The Vineyard, I slipped straight into The Riviera with ease, and was so happy to carry on with Lizzie and Cal s story This could read just fine as a stand alone, but you will miss out on the utter joy that brings us up to this point in The Vineyard, and will not have the same instant relationship with the characters, so I do implore you to read that first.As we start The Riviera, Lizzie and Cal are happily in the throws of love in the early stages of their relationship, and to be quite honest, they are simply wonderful They are so deeply in love, their emotion and warmth for one another simply radiates off the pages, and it s a wonder to behold I was so happy to reconnect with all of the characters, especially my darling little Thierry, Lizzie s son, who melts me constantly.Things start to becomestrained, however, when Cal s son, Jack, appears to be in trouble, so Cal flies over to help him With his trip getting extended longer than planned, and interference from Jack s mum, Kelly, tension starts to grow between the couple as Lizzie growsandconcerned She continues to worry about their family relationships when Jack comes to stay for the holidays, and when Cal returns to Nantucket for even longer, just as Kelly has split up with her partner, tensions are certainly running high Lizzie has her own demands to deal with too though, as business is booming, and there is a wonderful sub plot of long lost family members and possible reunions, which was a delightful aside to the main plot This book is just so chock a block full with emotion, all of which felt so incredibly raw and real, it was impossible not to get swept up inside the story.Karen has such a wonderful way of creating realistic characters which you really connect with, and for absolutely engaging all your emotions As with The Vineyard, The Riviera is full with wonderful themes of love, family, friendship and trust, and about how relationships deal with being stretched to their very limits, and pulled, twisted and tested in every way possible.My heart was in my throat for Cal and Lizzie, as I prayed for them to defeat all the obstacles life was throwing at them, and Karen really keeps you on your toes as to how it could possibly work out Honestly, Karen is such a cruel mistress in how she toys with your emotions, I almost felt physically exhausted by the time I finished this book because I was so emotionally invested it Another absolutely wonderful novel, which has certainly left me wantingfrom this wonderful writer A perfect book for these final summer days, to indulge in with a glass of wine or two Simply charming The Riviera is a lovely follow up to The Vineyard, continuing Lizzie Lambert and Cal s story Although I had read The Vineyard only a few months ago, I m ashamed to say I couldn t remember enough of it, to initially make feel instantly at home in the Riviera I was continually wracking my brains for bits of story that felt familiar, but couldn t quite recall However that didn t make this any less of an enjoyable read, and I have a weird feeling this may not be the last we see of these character The Riviera is a lovely follow up to The Vineyard, continuing Lizzie Lambert and Cal s story Although I had read The Vineyard only a few months ago, I m ashamed to say I couldn t remember enough of it, to initially make feel instantly at home in the Riviera I was continually wracking my brains for bits of story that felt familiar, but couldn t quite recall However that didn t make this any less of an enjoyable read, and I have a weird feeling this may not be the last we see of these characters I loved seeing Lizzie s relationship with Thierry, her 3 and half year old son, he is a real character and a joy to read about I also loved the relationship between Cal and his 16 year old son Jack It is a relationship that has been hard on them, with The Atlantic being between them, but when Jack asks for Cal s help, Cal steps up to the plate admirably Jack was adamant he didn t want to go back to school in Nantucket, and that he wanted to move in with his friend Robbie, in London Obviously his parents had other ideas, and with how strongly Jack was feeling on this subject, all sorts of horrible scenarios were playing out in my mind, as to what could be causing it, and none were correct Cal though has to spend an extended time out in America, while he helps Jack get through this situation, and Lizzie who struggles to trust men, has a tough time with him away, convinced that Cal will be unfaithful with his ex wife, Jack s mother There are various threads of story, a lot of them revolving around family I loved Jack, just all around loved him, he is brilliant with Thierry, and also the level of maturity he starts to show, with regards his future The Riviera was predominantly set in the French Riviera, Cannes to be precise, and the descriptions of the area are wonderful I would love to visit Cannes again, but having been exhausted by reading about Lizzie s workload during the Film Festival, I would probably stay clear of the area in May I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is a lovely story, which I found to be very quick to read I really hope we get another Lizzie and Cal book, as I really want to seeof these characters, and I feel with the way the book ended that it could be open to.Thanks to Carina and Netgalley for this review copy This was my honest opinion