Head Over Heels in France

Falling in Love in the Lot

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £8.99
  • Publication date: 1 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849533928

About the book

When Samantha Brick’s life started to unravel – her company in liquidation, homeless, penniless and friendless, and on max-strength anti-depressants – it seemed that everything was going wrong. But a chance week away in France led to the most unexpected of all turn-arounds: a whirlwind romance with gun-toting, stubborn and ever-so-macho Pascal. It wasn’t until she moved in to his cottage in the beautiful Lot region in south-west France that she realised how shamefully ill-equipped she was for the country life.

Like Cinderella in reverse, Samantha had to learn to cook, clean, chop wood and keep house, as well as discovering how to be a step-mum to Pascal’s know-it-all ten-year-old son, finding love and happiness along the way.

About the author

Samantha Brick worked full-time in television for sixteen years, producing TV shows in the UK and America, before moving to France in 2007. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Daily Express, You magazine and Grazia and she frequently appears on television and radio.


'Engaging and honest, like its author, it is one of my favourite books of the year.'

Tess Stimson

'Ooh la la! A fabulous, funny French love story.'

Fi Cotter Craig

A tale of survival against the odds in the depths of the French countryside. How one woman left the glittering world of media to be with, of all things, a macho Frenchman. A mad decision? Find out for yourself in this addictive and fast-paced read.

Helena Frith Powell, author of Love in a Warm Climate

'I loved this book; its true story of how a chance encounter took Sam from despair to delight, and from hopelessness to happiness, made me keep on reading. We never know what is around the corner or how in our bleakest times happiness is often just in front of us. Apart from being a fabulous read, this book is inspiring, uplifting, funny and poignant by turns. Sam can really write; her descriptions of rural France - the colours, the scents, the food and the people - made me feel as if I was already there and made me want to decamp there immediately. It is true to say this book is a page turner; I became lost in it even though I had a hundred other things to do as it forced me to escape into the expat world of rural France and was very entertaining and uplifting. I can highly recommend it.'

Marisa Peer

I SO know what it's like to be in that place of darkness; to have everything and to lose it all. I think a lot of people are going to be able to relate to it, and without sounding cheesy, it's… inspirational stuff.

Jasmine Lennard

'This funny and incredibly honest account details Samantha's first year in a new country and how she just aobut coped with it all.'

Natasha Harding The Sun

'It's likely you already have an opinion about Samantha Brick, but rather than remind you who she is and what's she's said, I'm going to advise coming to this book with a completely open mind and trying to forget what you thought you knew. Head Over Heels In France is the true story of her transformation from successful TV exec to French housewife living in a tiny village in the Lot region of the country...it's an engaging, enjoyable read about love, laughter and living life the way you want to. C'est tres bien!'

Claire Frost Fabulous Magazine (The Sun)

'... it is the picture of Brick spending all day in a dressing gown, unable even to wash her hair, which stays with me most strongly... I like and admire her.'

Nick Curtis (Interviewer of the Year, 2012 Press Awards) London Evening Standard

'A rather sweet - and brutally honest and often funny - love story.'

Connexions France

'Love or loathe her newspaper columns about the difficulties of being a beautiful woman, Samantha Brick writes amusingly and honestly.'

Destination France

'Brick is relaxed and delightful... nothing like the arrogant harpy I'd been led to expect.'

Elizabeth Day The Observer

'High flying British TV exec to rural French housewife - avec amour! Head over Heels in France is a 21st century Year in Provence with the added spice of an acerbic female pen. Loved it, loved it, loved it.'

Kay Burley, Sky Broadcaster

'This tale will draw admirers from chick lit fans to armchair travelers alike.'

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