By: Jo Kessel
Danni Lewis has been playing it safe for twenty-six years, but her sheltered existence is making her feel old ahead of time. When a sudden death plunges her into a spiral of grief, she throws caution to the wind and runs away to France in search of a new beginning.
The moment ski instructor Olivier du Pape enters her shattered world she falls hard, in more ways than one.
Their mutual desire is as powerful and seductive as the mountains around them. His dark gypsy looks and piercing blue eyes are irresistible.
Only she must resist, because he has a wife – and she’d made a pact to never get involved with a married man.
But how do you choose between keeping your word and being true to your soul?
Weak at the Knees is Jo’s debut novel in the new adult, contemporary romance genre – a story about love, loss and relationships, set between London and the heart of the French Alps.
This was not an easy read for me. It took me 6 days to read it, which is saying a lot considering I read 3-4 books a week.
The setting for this story was in a “modern ski resort town” named Montgenèvre in the foothills of the Alps, in France. It was also very close to the Italy border. Ms. Kessel was very descriptive with the town, the mountains, and the buildings on the resort. Unfortunately, that is where the descriptive pictures end. At least for me, that’s where they ended.
Danni (the heroine), is living a less than stellar life when she experiences a tragedy that changes her life forever. It causes her to uproot her life and accept a job as a Ski Rep in Montgenèvre, France.
She rides from England, to Montgenèvre with her new co-worker Rod for training. During their trip, she learns that Rod is from Australia, wants to construct boats when he finally grows up, and would like to bring an English girl home with him to settle down with. Danni is attracted to Rod; Rod is attracted to Danni…..
After their week of training, Rod heads off to Austria, and Danni heads to her new place not far from the resort. Danni shares the tiny apartment with her co-worker and new friend; Gina. Because there is only one bedroom; one of the girls has to sleep on the couch. Lucky for Danni, Gina offers the room to her.
Danni meets the very attractive, very married; Oliver and his brother, Michel. Both men are very attractive, and both men are attracted to Danni.
One would think this is a great set up for a love triangle, or square considering Oliver is married. It could have been….
Overall, I found this story to be dry, uneventful, and boring. It is unfortunate because with the beautiful back drop of the Alps, this story had great potential.
This book has earned a rating of 3/5.
Jo Kessel is a journalist, working for the BBC and reporting and presenting for ITV on holiday, consumer and current affairs programs. She writes for several national newspapers in the UK including the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Express and was the anonymous author of the Independent’s hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum.
When Jo was ten years old she wrote a short story about losing a loved one. Her mother and big sister were so moved by the tale that it made them cry. Having reduced them to tears she vowed that the next time she wrote a story it would make them smile instead. Happily she succeeded and with this success grew an addiction for wanting to reach out and touch people with words. Jo lives in London with her husband and three children. She loves traveling and since becoming a mother anything even remotely sad makes her cry. She’s a sucker for a good romance and tearjerker movies are the worst. She’s that woman in the cinema, struggling to muffle audible wails as everyone else turns round to stare.