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French Kisses and A London Affair

These two novellas are a real treat!
"Loaded with Jan Ellis’ trademark wit, humour and warmth, both stories will pull you into their world and leave you wanting more."
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French Kisses


To the outside world, Rachel Thompson has it made: a wealthy husband, a successful career as an artist, and a to-die-for house in the middle of rural France. That is until her husband Michael hits 40, discovers his inner love-rat and runs off with the kids' young, skinny dance teacher.


Determined to ignore her friends’ advice to up-sticks and move back to England with her children, Rachel decides to turn their crumbly stone farmhouse into a bijou hotel. As Rachel strives to create a new life for herself, friends and family rally around to give her a Christmas and New Year with plenty of surprises.


With help from her loved ones, Rachel transforms their home into a cosy guest house for an eclectic collection of visitors, including Josh Perry, a handsome American academic. Although Rachel is getting plenty of attention from local admirers, her husband Michael is never far away…


Will Rachel and Michael rekindle their love affair? Or will she soon be sharing French Kisses with someone else? This is a story of fun and friendship that will leave you with a contented smile on your face!

Read reviews and extracts here.

A London Affair

Kate has turned her back on university and ended up working for an artisan cheese-maker in a small county town. Life changes radically when she leaves home to take up a job in a super-smart deli and restaurant in Chelsea.


Along with the job come new flat-mates, including the fun, exasperating Imogen and her long-suffering boyfriend, Freddy. Kate thinks she's doomed to early spinsterhood, but Immy has other ideas and sends her colleague out into dating land with unexpected consequences for them all.


This is a fun romance that takes the reader from the King's Road to Cornwall with an eclectic bunch of characters including an old hippy, a Russian property magnate and an ex-boyfriend who doesn't know when to give up.

The settings

The setting for French Kisses is a village that I call Pelette, which is found about 60 miles south-west of the city of Grenoble. From her farmhouse, Rachel can see the foothills of the Alps in the distance.  

Young Kate travels from the English countryside to super-smart Chelsea in A London Affair, but where will she end up...?

Jan Ellis, writer of romcom and contemporary women's fiction
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