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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts today for Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain.

Laura stepped out of her reading comfort zone with Vintage 1954 and loved it. 🙂


Book cover Vintage 1954 Antoine Laurain

When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who’s on his first trip to Europe.

After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017. And the key lies in a legendary story and the vineyards of the Chateau St Antoine…

Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain is published by Gallic Books and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

A beautifully written fantasy about how a vintage bottle of wine takes four people time travelling back to 1954. Set in Paris, Bob, a retired American tourist begins a trip he was meant to take with his wife. On meeting Hubert, Julien and Magalie, they become friends and share a bottle of wine.

The next day their adventure begins as they wake up in 1954. The reader is also brought back to Paris in the 1950’s with stunning scenery and famous names.

The four friends work together to find out what happened and how to get back to their own time. With links to Julien’s great-grandfather they need to find help to discover the reason for their time travel.

Even though I tend not to read too many fantasies, I thoroughly enjoyed Vintage 1954.

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Author photo Antoine Laurain

Antoine Laurain is a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, director and collector of antique keys. He is the author of the best-selling novels The President’s Hat and The Red Notebook.

A truly born and bread Parisian, after studying film, he began his career directing short films and writing screenplays. His passion for art led him to take a job assisting an antiques dealer in Paris. The experience provided the inspiration for his first novel, The Portrait,winner of the Prix Drouot.

Published on the eve of the French presidential elections of 2012, Antoine’s, fairytale-like novel The President’s Hat was acclaimed by critics, readers and booksellers, who awarded it the Prix Landerneau DĂ©couvertes. In the UK, it was a Waterstones Book Club and ABA Indies Introduce pick. Unsurprisingly, the novel quickly climbed into a Kindle Top 5 bestseller. This novel, full of Parisian charm, was the winner of the Prix Relay des Voyageurs, a prize which celebrates the enjoyment of reading. Since then, The President’s Hat has been adapted for television in France.

Antoine’s novels have been translated into 14 languages, including Arabic and Korean. Sales of his books across all formats in English have surpassed 155,000 copies. And The Red Notebook (2015) has become one of Gallic Books’ bestsellers both in the UK and the USA.
Also published: French Rhapsody (2016) and The Portrait (2017); Smoking Kills (2018).

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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