Saturday, June 8, 2013

Book Review: "Paris in Love: A Memoir"

"Paris in Love: A Memoir" by Eloisa James (a.k.a. Mary Bly)
First published in 2012
260 pages
My rating: 4 out of 5
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After her mother's death from cancer and her own breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy, romance novelist/college professor Eloisa James decided it was time to embrace life. So in 2009 Eloisa, husband Alessandro, 15-year-old Luca and 11-year-old Anna sold everything and moved to Paris for a year of adventure.

Written in short snippets taken from Eloisa's Facebook and Twitter commentary during her year in France with a few short essays thrown in for variety, "Paris in Love" is everything you'd expect it to be. It has food, shopping, museums, chocolate, wine, lingerie, parks, charming homeless people, more food -- not to mention humorous (and occasionally sentimental) remarks about the kids and their year at an Italian school in Paris.

Eloisa takes us through the four seasons with wonderful detail, and we're with her when she explores French markets, samples calf head pie and finds the perfect bra. It is now one of my life goals to find a cafe in France where I can be served hot chocolate as Eloisa was -- in two silver pitchers, one filled with melted dark chocolate and the other filled with steaming cream, to be mixed together. Sigh...

"Paris in Love" was a fun, charming memoir of a year spent abroad in one of the most romantic cities in the world, but it was also a tale of love and family togetherness. I'm happy to recommend the book with one caveat: Just know that it will make you want to travel, shop and eat lemon tarts!

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