Back to Brantome

Jess McGlynnJuly 24, 2015

I am so excited that in a couple of hours I will be merrily sailing across the Channel on my way to the South of France.  If you follow me at all on social media, or regularly read this blog then you will know I have been harping on forever about this holiday and it’s about more than just the sheer joy of knowing I will have nothing more complex to do than lie by the pool and read a book.

We first went to the Dordogne a couple of years ago and it was where I was inspired to start writing my first novel, Secrets of the River.  There was a particular commune (or as I like to think of it, village) called Brantome which ended up being the place the book was set.

I am really excited to be back there and although we aren’t staying in Brantome itself this time, we have set aside a day or two to travel over so I can capture and share some of the places which feature in the book and perhaps get some further inspiration for a sequel which I know some people have been asking for.

This is me in 2013, being inspired…

Perhaps I will see it all through different eyes now that SOTR is based there or perhaps it will be just the same.  I really have no clue but I am hoping that it will, for the most part, remain unchanged.

If you’ve read the book you will get the relevance of a random man fishing in the river and if you haven’t then you now have no excuse as to honour the fact that I will be in Brantome within the week, Secrets of the River will be just 99p from today until Tuesday and then will be £1.99 for the duration of the holiday.  I would love to see people downloading and perhaps hopping over to Instagram which is where I will be sharing most of my photos from the trip (I’m not 100% certain about internet access but I am hoping to share photos on here too if you don’t have an IG account)

As ever if you do read the book I would appreciate it if you could leave me a review on Amazon and tell your friends and thank you to all those who have supported me so far.  I really appreciate it!

But for now…I’m headed back to Brantome.

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  • rebecca beesley

    September 1, 2015 at 16:32

    those photos are just as i imagined it from the book. I'd LOVE for their to be a sequel – Hoping you will get lots of inspiration. x

  • Claire@ClarinasContemplations

    September 1, 2015 at 16:32

    Eek! How exciting! I've had a shocking few weeks with reading. I'm just finishing up my "L" book and yours is next on the list!

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