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Review: Paris in Love

June 17, 2012

After losing her mother to cancer and then surviving it herself, romance author Eloisa James decided it was time to make a change in her life so she, her husband, and their two kids packed up and moved to Paris for a year.  While they were there, James wrote essays and updates on their lives.  She has organized and revised those writings in a memoir entitled Paris in Love.

I thought Paris in Love was simply wonderful!  I’ve never lived in Paris but I have lived in France and was able to visit Paris fairly often when I did.  James’s observations brought me back to the City of Light and had me longing to visit there once again.  The unique structure of the book made me feel as if I was sharing the family’s day to day life – both good and bad.   I felt she captured the life and charm of Paris with her keen observations.

One of the best parts of the book is James’s honesty.  She clearly loved her year in France, but didn’t love every moment or even every day and she shares those moments as well.  She also admits to having a less than perfect family, which I found quite refreshing.

I found Paris in Love to be marvelous.  It’s warm, delightful, and even a little bit funny.  Pick it up when you want to experience some of joie de vivre of the French capital.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
32 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2012 6:57 am

    This was a winner for me as well!

  2. June 17, 2012 7:15 am

    I think you liked this one. The review is great. And that’s the truth.:)

  3. June 17, 2012 9:11 am

    I may have to pick this up, if only for the not so perfect family,

  4. bookingmama permalink
    June 17, 2012 9:57 am

    Sounds like a great summer escape book since I can’t actually go to Paris!

  5. June 17, 2012 11:30 am

    This sounds like a wonderful read!

  6. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 17, 2012 12:44 pm

    Sounds soooo nice. Great review.

  7. June 17, 2012 12:59 pm

    This sounds like a delightful read! I’ll have to check it out!

  8. June 17, 2012 3:07 pm

    Glad to hear this is a good book. I have it on the shelves and will get to it this summer!

  9. June 17, 2012 3:26 pm

    I’d love to pack up and move to Paris for a year, so this book sounds great to me!

  10. Patty permalink
    June 17, 2012 5:57 pm

    Oh my…this makes me want to go there,too…my husband always wants to do Paris for our anniversary but I always hesitate…lovely review!!!

  11. June 17, 2012 6:47 pm

    I love a good travel narrative/memoir…whatever you might call it and Paris is a place I’d love to visit but probably won’t ever be able to visit…gotta have this one!

  12. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    June 17, 2012 7:59 pm

    This one sounds wonderful to me. I’m in love with the whole thought of Paris!!

  13. June 17, 2012 8:55 pm

    I think I would love this one!

  14. June 17, 2012 9:33 pm

    how fun! 🙂 sounds delightful.

  15. June 17, 2012 11:15 pm

    Fun. Love the cover!

  16. June 17, 2012 11:59 pm

    Hm, I’m one of those people that actually isn’t a huge fan of Paris. But, this book sounds enchanting! (And my Paris experience was indubitably influenced by food poisoning, so I feel it deserves another chance…)

  17. June 18, 2012 2:19 am

    just tried to get this on Kindle, but it’s not available yet 😦 I wonder why some books are launched electronically as well as the traditional paper way, while other’s aren’t?

  18. June 18, 2012 8:37 am

    This sounds like the perfect book for you! Glad you enjoyed it. I don’t read a lot of memoirs, and I can’t imagine just deciding to move to Paris for a year.

  19. June 18, 2012 10:17 am

    I desperately want to read this one!

  20. June 18, 2012 10:39 am

    I’ve never been to France, but I love what I’ve read of paris, or seen in movies. This book sounds enchanting!

  21. June 18, 2012 12:23 pm

    I loved this as well. Eloisa’s suggestions on how to do Parisian chic were my favorite because they were so unpretentious, unlike what we might see in a women’s mag.

  22. June 18, 2012 2:30 pm

    Although I have visited Paris I have never lived there. I would be interested in James’ memoir. I also like that she shares the not so positives too about her year in Paris.

  23. June 18, 2012 4:05 pm

    Haven’t read it yet, but I like that she didn’t make it sound all pretty and perfect. When I think of Paris I think of all things beautiful but it can’t possibly be like that all the time.

  24. June 18, 2012 4:29 pm

    This sounds fantastic, I like the Paris setting. I’ll have to get a copy of this one.

  25. June 18, 2012 4:37 pm

    Oh, it sounds amazing, and even better (with more depth) than my last read about Paris. I can’t wait to read this one. Great review!

  26. June 18, 2012 4:53 pm

    I’ve been toying with the idea of immersing myself in some Paris books soon. I’ll have to keep this in mind.

  27. June 19, 2012 9:00 am

    I don’t read many memoirs, but this one sounds great.

  28. June 19, 2012 1:09 pm

    I’ve seen this one pop up on several blogs I read regularly and it looks great!!!!

  29. June 20, 2012 1:04 pm

    So glad it’s good! I have this one on audio and I’m looking forward to it.

  30. June 20, 2012 2:47 pm

    I have been anxiously waiting to read this book since I featured the cover on a post. My library doesn’t have it, but I do plan on picking it up. Thank you for your thoughts. – FABR Steph

  31. June 23, 2012 12:52 am

    I adored this book! Although I’m still trying to figure out what to say about it.

  32. June 26, 2012 9:33 pm

    I really want to read this one. It must be hard to put yourself and your family out there, warts and all.

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