Book review: How to Find Love in the Little Things + competition

By Virginie Grimaldi
Published by Headline Review

Synopsis: 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.

How did this book end up in my hands? One of the publisher’s lovely publicists kindly sent me a copy of the book to review, inclusive of pretty postcard and sweet treat!

Was it a page-turner? Not in the way that a thriller could be but you can’t help getting attached to all the characters and wanting to know what is next for them.

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? I did like it as expected. What I didn’t expect was for this novel to be quite so funny! Even though I haven’t had a chance to take a look at the original, French version of the book, I can safely say that the translator has done a marvellous job with all that jokes and plays on words. It mustn’t haven been easy!

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] I didn’t see that coming. At al! Am I the only one? I love it when a book surprises me!

Three words to describe it. Heart-warming. Hilarious. Inspiring.

Do I like the cover? Yes, I think it goes very well with the general feel of the novel. Plus, it looks deliciously French!

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, I haven’t… but I will!

Will I be recommending this book? Yes, it is the perfect summer read – especially if you are nursing a broken heart for whatever reason. It hasn’t been scientifically proven yet but I believe this novel to have healing properties!

Anything else? Yes! The publisher has kindly offered one copy of How to Find Love in the Little Things to go to a lucky reader! All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and retweet the competition post by 11/11. UK only. All comments left below will count as extra entries (one per person). Good luck!


  1. This sounds like a perfect book to bring a happy/sad smile to my face.

  2. Always good to find a new author, especially when set away from the usual US and UK

  3. I love the sound of this, heart-warming with a surprise ending that you don't see coming.


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