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If you are going to start over somewhere new…why not do it in Paris? You may know Sonia as a spiritual teacher and intuitive guide. She begins her memoir devastated by the unexpected end of her decades-long marriage and decides to relocate to Paris, the scene of many happy memories from her life as a…

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This is one of those stories that if it happened to you, you would definitely have to write a book! At age 40, Samantha Vérant life was falling apart. She was jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck until she stumbled upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she’d met in Paris when…

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This is Samantha’s follow-up to Seven Letters from Paris. Samantha moves to France to begin her life with her new husband, Jean-Luc, and his two kids. But almost from the moment, the plane touches down, Samantha realizes that there are a lot of things about her new home―including flea-ridden cats, grumpy teenagers, and language barriers―that…

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This is Samantha’s first novel! The author of Seven Letters From Paris, and How To Make A French Family has outdone herself with this tale. It features an American chef who returns to her French roots when she is disgraced and turfed out of her beloved career in New York.  Sophie ends up back in…

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Absolutely one of my favourite memoirs about Paris! Stuck in a copy-editing job and stagnant routine that holds little adventure, Janice finds an industrious way to buy herself two years of freedom in Europe. A few days into her stop in Paris on Rue Mouffetard, she spies a handsome butcher — yes, a butcher —…

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This is Janice MacLeod’s second book where she combines her excellent photography and artwork with stories about Paris that follow through the four seasons. It is truly a feast for the eyes and the soul. I particularly love her watercolour scenes depicting a place, a custom, a moment in Paris, reflected through Janice’s eyes. This…

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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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I have read and re-read this memoir because I could relate a little to the author’s back and forth life crisscrossing the Atlantic between Paris and her home (in New York). Like me, Lisa was trying to go to Paris as often as her bank account would allow, and for her, that was several times…

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“WE wear underwear. French women wear lingerie,” is how Paris-based Kate Kemp-Griffin began her conversation with me.  And I didn’t need much convincing taking into account the sorry state of my undies.  This is the starting point for this wonderful part-memoir, part-manual, that illustrates the fact that French women inherently seem more confident about their…

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