Eliza has a full house! When her three children grew up and moved out, she downsized to a smaller property… but now they’re all back. Every room in the house is taken and Eliza finds herself sharing her bed with her eldest daughter and her daughter’s pug. Combined with the online course she’s trying to finish, plus her job to fit in, there just isn’t the peace and quiet that Eliza needs.

So when an ad pops up on her laptop saying ‘house-sitters wanted’, Eliza can’t resist the chance to escape. She ends up moving to a rural Finca in southern Spain, looking after the owner’s Iberico pigs, learning about secret gastronomic societies… and finding a new zest for life and love along the way.

Jo Thomas

Jo worked for many years as a reporter and producer, including time at Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show.

Jo’s debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller and won both the RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Her recent book Escape to the French Farmhouse was a #1 bestselling eBook and in every one of her novels, Jo loves to explore new countries and discover the food produced there, both of which she thoroughly enjoys researching.

Jo lives in Pembrokeshire with her husband and three children, where cooking and gathering around the kitchen table are a hugely important and fun part of their family life.

A delightful summer story, wish I could find an advert like this one, Eliza has answered and is now jetting off to sunnier climates for the summer. I am sure you can imagine what it is like when your children or I should say adult children come back home, your freedom and spontaneity disappears as soon as they walk in the door. I love that Eliza is so friendly and talks to everyone even if it does get her in trouble at times. Is she a housesitter, a detective, a vet or just one woman that can make the best of each situation? A lovely happy ending for all concerned, maybe that is the way to get rid of the kids, go away and leave them to it!

A great summer read set in beautiful Spain.




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