About the author (as seen in the book)
Celia Imrie is an Olivier Award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is best known for her film roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Calendar Girls, and Nanny McPhee. On stage, she won Best Actress in a musical for Acorn Antiques: The Musial and was nominated for Best Actress in Noises Off. Celia Imrie’s most recent films are A Cure For Wellness, Year by the sea, Bridget Jone’s Baby and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, Was published in 2011, and her acclaimed Sunday Times bestselling first novel, Not Quite Nice, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.
Publication date: Paperback-23rd February 2017 Hardback and Ebook- 1st March 2016
ISBN: Hardback- 978-1-4088-7690-9
Also available in Audiobook and Audio CD
Pages: 400pages (For hardcover, paperback and Ebook)
Copy provide by: Borrowed
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the read carpets of the Cannes, Bellevue-Sur-Mer seems like the perfect place for an enterprising band of inhabitants to open a restaurant. Happily exiled from demanding families, they have found peace and Provencal cooking in the cobbled streets and azure vistas of their new home. But all is not as rosy as it seems, for it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to sabotage their project.
Meanwhile, the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing. Celebrities are flying in, luxury yachts are arriving. As the excitement spills over Bellevue-Sur-Mar, the residents realise they are embroiled in something much murkier than they could have imagined- and the race is on to get the restaurant open in time…
The front cover for Nice Work (If You Can Get It) is coloured in a lovely welcoming sunshine yellow, with a row of Shop’s, boutiques and restaurants adorn with pink shutters, window boxes with blooming flowers. Charis and tables nasal the front of the restaurant with a couple of potted tree’s; perfect for al fresco eating! A lady carrying a bag full of grocery’s is waking up to the restaurant front. The title is coloured in black which is bold against the yellow background, and Celia’s name is in a pink; which ties in with the shutters and blooming flowers in the window boxes. I really like this cover a lot indeed!
I read Celia’s last book Not Quite Nice
last year, and really liked her gentle writing style, so was excited to read her next book.
Bellevue-Sur-Mer is situated on the South East cost of France home to British and American expatriates retired people wanting to gain some much-needed space from their very demanding families. It’s a sleepy village full of cafe’s, bars restaurants, boutiques and sandy beaches.
Theresa, William and his younger partner Benjamin, ex-dolly bird Zoe, ex-celebrity Sally and American Carol all live relatively near each other striking up friendships and they could all do with an injection of cash, to keep them ticking over.
William and Benjamin and Carol come up with an idea to open up a restaurant together; each utilising their own skills to make the business work. Planning to have it ready in time for the up and coming Cannes Film Festival. They put it to the group only Sally pull’s out, Theresa has concerns and because of that William and Benjamin pull out; only Carol has singed a lease with the owner’s family; who’s just inherited the building.
Theresa feel’s bad and decides to stick with Carol and try to make the restaurant work, with this William and Benjamin come back on board. Each of them takes their role’s very seriously as they get all the relevant legal thing’s sorted, decorating, sorting menus, sorting ingredients and many other thing’s. Then amongst this some of their families come to visit! There are a few strange goings on at the restaurant which plans to disrupt their plans to open? But why? and Who? Will they get it open on time? Is their deal with the newly acquired building owner to good to be true? What will their families think?
While the others are working on their business venture Sally get’s a job offer for the day helping her scuba diver instructor Jean-Philippe drive a boat for a very rich influence handsome Russian; who catches her eye, asking her out! Mean while her celeb friend Jackie makes an unplanned visit to stay with so she can attend the Film Festival. Is Sally’s new romance everything it seems? Is Mr Handsome who he say’s he is? Is there an different reason for him getting involved with Sally or is he genuine? Is Jackie up to something? Why the sudden visit?
Nice Work (If You Can Get It) is a stand alone but does follow Not Quite Nice. In my opinion I think it would help to read them in order simply because you get to understand the character a bit more and their journey so far. I loved re-visiting these eclectic and unique characters, and meeting new ones. This story is full of funny moments, twists and turns, mystery and much more. I enjoyed the gentle pace and the way Celia’s writing flows with such ease and the way the story panned out! The story is sectioned in six parts and at the beginning of them there is a delicious recipes which is a lovely touch!
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