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French Coast

French Coast

A Novel

Anita Hughes

St. Martin's Griffin

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Serena has the job she's always dreamed of and Chase, the man her heart never dared to. As a new editor at Vogue, she bags the biggest interview of the year with Yvette Renault, the infamous former editor of French Vogue, in The Carlton-InterContinental Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival. She eagerly jets off to France while Chase stays home, working with her father, a former senator, on his upcoming mayoral campaign.

Everything feels unbelievably perfect...until it doesn't. The hotel loses her reservation hours before her big interview. Serena fears that she'll have to go home without her story, but then she meets Zoe, a quirky young woman staying in the suite below Yvette's who invites Serena to stay with her. Serena is grateful for her mysterious roommate's generosity, but it seems that there's more to her story than meets the eye. To make matters worse, soon after arriving in Cannes, Serena learns a shocking secret about her parents' marriage, and it isn't long before she begins to question her own relationship.With her deadline looming and pressure mounting, Serena will have to use her investigative journalism skills, new
friendships, and a little luck to get her life and love back on track. Fast paced and impeccably written,
French Coast will draw readers in to the intoxicating world of the Côte d'Azur. Hughes' beautiful prose and sense imagery bring the food, fashion, and feel of the ocean to life in this audacious new novel.

chapter one



Serena reached the top of Baker Street and turned around to look at the skyline. She had been back in San Francisco for two years but she never tired of the view. It was early evening and the city was bathed in a pink and...

Praise for French Coast

French Coast is the kind of novel I sink into, a story soaked with glamour, family loyalty tested and love's resiliency proven. I was seduced by the beauty of Cannes and the mystery of family secrets that can change a life forever. Anita Hughes writes with an eye for glamorous detail and a heart for compassionate love. Anita Hughes combines a lush setting, family mystery, love and longing in one enchanting story of three beautiful women who are tested and endure.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and Coming Up For Air

“Opening an Anita Hughes book is like wandering into a candy store, stuffed with delicious treats for the mind and heart. French Coast effortlessly evokes the languid charm of the Côte d'Azur as it navigates between a scandalous love affair in the past and a series of heartaches in the present. Chock full of beautiful clothes, divine food, and extraordinary characters, this novel will keep you glued to your beach chair until sunset.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Praise for Anita Hughes

“Hughes's latest (after Lake Como, Monarch Beach, and Market Street) is an entertaining beach read for those interested in secrets, romance, and a lot of fashion.” —Library Journal

“Anita Hughes' name has become synonymous for breezy, easy-to-read women's fiction and her latest is no exception.” —Sheknows.com on Market Str… More…

French Coast is the kind of novel I sink into, a story soaked with glamour, family loyalty tested and love's resiliency proven. I was seduced by the beauty of Cannes and the mystery of family secrets that can change a life forever. Anita Hughes writes with an eye for glamorous detail and a heart for compassionate love. Anita Hughes combines a lush setting, family mystery, love and longing in one enchanting story of three beautiful women who are tested and endure.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and Coming Up For Air

“Opening an Anita Hughes book is like wandering into a candy store, stuffed with delicious treats for the mind and heart. French Coast effortlessly evokes the languid charm of the Côte d'Azur as it navigates between a scandalous love affair in the past and a series of heartaches in the present. Chock full of beautiful clothes, divine food, and extraordinary characters, this novel will keep you glued to your beach chair until sunset.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Praise for Anita Hughes

“Hughes's latest (after Lake Como, Monarch Beach, and Market Street) is an entertaining beach read for those interested in secrets, romance, and a lot of fashion.” —Library Journal

“Anita Hughes' name has become synonymous for breezy, easy-to-read women's fiction and her latest is no exception.” —Sheknows.com on Market Street

Lake Como weaves an artful tale of family secrets, self-discovery, acceptance, and forgiveness. The pages hold a thoroughly decadent journey.” —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island on Lake Como

“A warm, sparkling and heartfelt novel that explores the power of second chances in life, in love and in following your dreams.” —Kirkus Reviews on Market Street

“A glamorous woman, fabulous clothes, gorgeous jewelry, sexy men, not to mention delicious food and divine scenery, all shimmer in a beautiful bubble around family sins and secrets--Lake Como will take you away!” —Nancy Thayer, author of Island Girls on Lake Como

“Hughes gives the reader an exciting story full of passion and fun about questions of self-worth and how unexpected changes can be some of life's most valuable and pleasurable experiences.” —Booklist on Market Street

“With Anita Hughes' trademark glamour and heartfelt compassion for her characters, Lake Como takes you on an inspiring journey to Italy, where unexpected family ties, romance, great food, and possible answers await.” —Mia March, author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club and Finding Colin Firth on Lake Como

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Anita Hughes

ANITA HUGHES is the author of Lake Como, Monarch Beach, and Market Street. She attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel.

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