Book Review: Villa of Sun and Secrets


Carla Sullivan’s 50th birthday is fast approaching when her whole world is turned upside down. Discovering her feckless husband is having yet another affair and following her mother’s death, she is in need of an escape. Finding an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister Josette in the South of France gives Carla the perfect plan.

Seizing the moment, she packs her bags and heads to Antibes to seek out the enigma known as Tante Josette. But as the two women begin to forge a tentative relationship, family secrets start to unravel, forcing Carla to question her life as she has always known it.


Wow! Families do indeed have their secrets, more than some. I really despised Amelia in the way the plot unravels and we learn what she has done.

Josette is a wonderful lady who just shows us that age is most definitely just a number. We are all what we feel in our hearts.

The main character Carla has recently had to bury the woman that has been raising her however with life getting in the way a.k.a. She has finally had the last straw of her husband cheating on her. She decides it is finally time for a change. She is not afraid to be on her own, she goes to the south of France to learn more about her family.

I really enjoyed watching all of their developments and their versions of what life is about. How it is alright if you do not quite know. You could be sitting about daydreaming about a what if scenario of a future with someone and then come face to face with it and choose your new life.

I wish I was there, it sounds so needed, that type of weather and environment right now in the midst of the world pademic at the moment with the never ending lockdown it was a great read at this time!

4/5 Stars


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