Fiona Valpy has been going from strength to strength.

We announced in August last year her novel, The Beekeeper’s Promise had sold 50,000 copies. In October she hit 100,000 copies. This week we are beyond thrilled to announce that she has sold an incredible 250,000 copies of the novel. That’s 200,000 copies in nine months.

In February this year, the book was shortlisted for The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award at the Romantic Novelists Association Award.

It follows the story of Abigail, who takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue…

The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abigail finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer – and her life.

In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…

When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.

Fiona’s novels have been translated into nine languages. Fiona’s novel Sea of Memories has also sold over 100,000 copies, and we are so excited to see her new novel, The Dressmaker’s Gift published in October this year by Amazon Publishing / Lake Union. No dount her many readers will be too.

Fiona Valpy spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. She and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.

All of these inspirations, along with a love for the place, the people and their history, have found their way into the books she’s written.