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I was enraptured when I read this collection of real stories about experiencing Paris written by some of the biggest names in women’s fiction, including Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Maggie Shipstead, and Lauren Willig, edited by Eleanor Brown, the New York Times best-selling author of The Weird Sisters and The Light of Paris. While…

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Following on from her hugely popular books, My Good Life in France and My Good Year in France, ex-pat Janine Marsh shares more heart-warming and entertaining stories of her new life in rural France. Since giving up their city jobs in London and moving to rural France over ten years ago, Janine and her husband…

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If you remember your first love, you will not be able to put this book down.  Imagine finding your first love in Paris, with a mercurial French man and you have the ingredients for a powerful love story about which we have all dreamed or fantasized.  But this memoir by American Julie Scolnik does not…

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I am so glad that someone has written this book! Paris-based Lindsey Tramuta from Philadelphia takes on and deconstructs the deeply engrained and one-dimensional image of the Parisienne woman, as slender, white, chic, and stylish for a much more realistic, expanded, and current view of today’s real Parisienne. You will meet the women that Lindsey…

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While reading this memoir, I felt like Gayle and her husband Ralph had become my new friends.  Rather like I did when I read Peter Mayle’s books about living in Provence. This American couple are just so real and down to earth, and we can certainly relate when they fall hard for France, bit by…

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Janine’s journey begins with a trip across the English channel to pick up some cheap (but very good I am sure) French wine.  It is on that trip where Janine finds herself putting in an offer on a rundown old barn in the area of Pas de Calais. And voila, she begins her new adventure…

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This is part two of Janine’s story (author of My Good Life In France) where she illustrates how each season brings new challenges, as well as, new delights. Freezing weather in February threatens the lives of some of the four-legged locals; snow in March results in a broken arm, which in turn leads to an…

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Exploring and living in another country can be done in all sorts of ways but New Zealanders Annemarie Rawson and her husband Steve decided to experience the south of France by becoming caretakers.  They started a concierge business where they housesat,  maintained and even hosted visitors and guests to some of France’s most gorgeous properties. …

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The perfect memoir for women of a certain age. Rattled by fears that she is losing her keys, her looks, her job, and her sweetheart, Gail, 62, rashly announces that she will go to Paris, a dream postponed for 40 years. So begins her solo journey through France, living like a student as her budget…

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