Amour in Avignon

Romance - Sizzle
94 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2023
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Author Biography

I'm a former high school teacher and college professor of French, and I won a National Endowment of the Humanities scholarship to participate in Le Festival d' Avignon--the world's most famous Festival of Theater in Provence, the sunny south of France.

That summer, as I studied French theater, I portrayed the leading female role in a performance of Huis Clos and watched dozens of theatrical presentations of all genres, from one man comedy acts, to classical tragedies, to dramatic musicals, flamenco dance, and puppet shows.

It was exhilarating, invigorating, and the inspiration for my novella, Amour in Avignon!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Amour in Avignon by Jennifer Ivy Walker features Lily Green’s journey to a new beginning. Lily is recently divorced, is unemployed, and is adrift. Her aunt Agnes offers her the studio apartment above her villa in France. Upon her arrival, her aunt is eager to introduce her to Auguste and Ludo. Lily finds she is more interested in Ludo. Lily rejects Auguste’s sexual overtures. When Ludo offers to take her sightseeing, Lily is ecstatic. That night, she leads Ludo to her apartment, where they spend a passionate night together. Lily meets their acting troupe, and they cast her as Roxanne in their production of Cyrano de Bergerac. However, Auguste plans to win Lily from Ludo in the play.

Jennifer Ivy Walker gave a unique spin to the play, Cyrano de Bergerac. While they are performing the play, their lives outside the theater are similar. Ludo’s character description and lyrical dialogue are amazing. Auguste has the physique of a surfer with chiseled features. I found the division of Ludo's and Auguste’s friendship added weight to their personalities. Ludo’s insecurities about his nose made it easy for Auguste’s fear of rejection to be overlooked. Watching the feelings of love grow between Lily and Ludo was enchanting. The vivid details of the jasmine flowers growing by Lily’s apartment made me feel as though I could smell them. Their subtle floral scent filled her apartment and added to the romantic feeling in the moonlight. The supporting characters aided the progression of the plot. Just when I thought Auguste had given up, several unpredictable twists held me spellbound to the very end. Amour in Avignon is a story of new beginnings and the power of love not being based on physical appearances.

Essien Asian

Lilly Greene is at her wit's end. Her marriage is over and she has lost her job. She struggles to steady the ship in this storm that her life has become so she is happy when her aunt invites her to Provence to get away from her problems. Nothing prepares her for the excitement she is thrown into in the beautiful French town as she quickly catches the eyes of not one but two dashing young men. It seems she has substituted one conundrum for another but Lilly is determined that this time her story will have a happy ending in Amour In Avignon by Jennifer Ivy Walker.

A young woman must choose between two men in Jennifer Ivy Walker's romantic novel. The storyline is straightforward. It immediately throws the reader into the heart of the action from the first chapter as Lilly is introduced to Auguste and his rival. Walker captures the aura of a blossoming romance with the realistic conversations between the characters. It is so near perfect it is almost impossible not to feel something for Lilly as she recounts how she came to be in such dire straits to her aunt. As with every good romance novel, the heated scenes are especially noteworthy. Walker uses exquisite storytelling to build up the character's dalliances so gradually and specifically that one can be forgiven if one starts experiencing those emotions right out of the blue. What stands out with Walker's novel is that, despite it being brief, where the words are unspoken, the actions taken by the characters trigger the reader's expectation of a fitting conclusion. Amour in Avignon packs the kind of punch that the romantic in all of us appreciates.

K.C. Finn

Amour in Avignon is a work of fiction in the romance, interpersonal drama, and contemporary fiction subgenres. It is best suited to mature adult readers owing to sexually explicit scenes and some strong language. Penned by author Jennifer Ivy Walker, this delightfully dramatic tale of romance, jealousy, and the magic of the theater is set against the enchanting backdrop of Provence. Lily Greene, feeling adrift and lonely, embarks on a journey to spend the summer with her aunt in sunny Avignon, France. There, she encounters Ludo and Auguste, two charming fencers who are also actors in the upcoming Festival of Theater. The production they're working on is the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, and the jealousy and rivalry that ensue are reminiscent of their own lives.

Author Jennifer Ivy Walker has crafted a gorgeously romantic tribute to the world of theater that feels like the kind of book you should be enjoying in a café with a summer breeze on the streets of Avignon. It's a tale of love and passion, with characters you can't help but root for, and I found them to be emotionally charged with compelling dialogue that really puts their hearts on their sleeves. The vivid descriptions of the charming city also offer much in the way of mood, atmosphere, and the immersive feel of the tale, and the authenticity of the characters combines well with the sense of place to enhance the realism. The erotic scenes were also very well-penned with plenty of sizzle and intensity between the characters. Overall, if you’re seeking a romantic journey that's both heartwarming and captivating, I cannot recommend Amour in Avignon enough.