Peter Mayle is the original escapist author. The basic theme of all his books is that of an Englishman who travels to the south of France and decides to stay.
In A Good Year, the main character Max finds himself the recipient of his Uncle's property in Provence on the same day that he quits his high stress finance job in London. His best friend loans him the funds he needs to make his way to Provence and "see what he can see" so to speak.
The movie staring Russell Crowe was similar but not the same as the book. I enjoyed both alternative story lines - which is not always the case.
This is a fun, fast read that will having you dreaming of small chateaus and vineyards in the sunny south of France.