Another one I read, not recently, but a year or so ago and thoroughly enjoyed - "Blackberry Wine" by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat).
A tale about a successful writer who is ambitious and a bit shallow, who goes to France and rediscovers that there's more to value in life than fame or fortune as he rediscovers himself. A tale of redemption really but well-written and unusual subject matter.

Reviewed by M. Hodge, Llanelli.