Paris in Love by Eloisa James

by on February 3rd, 2013
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I dream of moving to Paris. Walks along the Seine, long lunches at outdoor cafes, and immersion into French culture would be an amazing experience for a Midwestern girl. Mary Bly, who hails from Minnesota and is only a couple years older than me, survived breast cancer and decided to do something remarkable. After a lot of discussion, she and her husband move to Paris for a year with their two children, ages 11 and 15.  Mary Bly, better known as romance writer Eloisa James, is a Shakespeare professor and has degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Yale.

Paris in Love is written as a series of social media posts documenting Mary Bly’s experiences in Paris. From the early days of transitioning into Parisian life to the final days of savoring a few final meals with friends, Bly captures everyday life and the transformation her family experiences during their year abroad. Some posts are laugh-out-loud funny while others capture the coming-of-age experiences of her children and memories of family and friends. I listened to the book on disc, narrated by the author. The narration was wonderful and added to my enjoyment of the book.

Although it is not likely I will move to Paris, I thoroughly enjoyed moving there vicariously with Bly and her family. I was very sorry when the book ended and miss my daily commuter dose of Paris. I haven’t read an Eloisa James novel, but now I am curious about those stories as well. ~~Enjoy~~

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