The French House by Helen Fripp

Title:  The French House
Author: Helen Fripp
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) 
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 352
Date of US Publication: 23 August, 2022
My Rating:  3.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

This (heavily) fictionalized story of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot, better known the world over as the powerhouse behind Veuve Clicquot is an enjoyable and riveting read. 

This engaging story drew my attention from the start and kept me reading, completely invested in this book. 

I wouldn’t read this if you’re looking for actual history, but the story itself is a fantastic read. 

eARC kindly provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


A breathtaking novel of courage and determination, inspired by the true story of the woman who built the world’s greatest champagne house—Veuve Clicquot.

For grieving Nicole Clicquot, saving the vineyards her husband left behind is her one chance to keep a roof over her head and provide a future for her little girl. She ignores the gossips who insist the fields are no place for a woman. But one day, buying fresh croissants at the boulangerie, Nicole is shocked to hear a rumor about her husband. They say he died with a terrible secret. One that brings disgrace on Nicole and turns the whole town against her.

Heartbroken, her reputation in tatters, and full of questions no one can answer, Nicole turns to what she knows best: winemaking. Determined to create a perfect bottle of champagne, she works day and night to carry out her vision. But even that is not enough. To save her home and her daughter from ruin, she must risk everything—including her heart.


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