Carolyn (Summerville, SC)
Loved "Paris in Love"!
I very much enjoyed this charming book! The author relates her observations and experiences over the course of the year her family moved to Paris. She writes so well, and her descriptions transported me to the City of Lights. Her 11-year-old daughter is a hoot, not an angel but lovable. This is obviously not a typical family, but I loved reading about them, and would like to know them. This should be a "must read" before a visit to Paris, or if you have ever been there or thought about going. There is a lot about food, both dining out and cooking, and many different museums are briefly described. The writer paints a lovely picture of a beautiful city and her enchanting family.
Kimberly H. (Stamford, CT)
Paris In Love
I love Paris but did not love this book. The style- written as a blog, was somewhat disjointed. Okay for a beach book.
Jane D. (Boulder, CO)
A Window on Paris
This book gives a delightful picture of an American family's year in Paris. The brief episodes are entertaining and frequently thought provoking. My only regret was that I sometimes found myself wishing for a more detailed story.
For those who love all things Parisien(ne), Paris in Love will delight. Eloisa James aka Mary Bly has crafted a charming tale of romantic observations and vicarious adventures. Its form is lovely, too. Just dip in anywhere for a brief moment of pleasure.
Monica G. (San Antonio, TX)
Le Bonne Vie!
Paris in Love by Eloisa James is a memoir of sorts but not written in typical memoir fashion.
After her mother’s death and her own diagnosis of cancer, the author, now a cancer survivor, decides it’s time for a sabbatical so she, her Italian husband and two kids, pull up temporary stakes and head for Paris, France.
This is a light, easy read that made me want to find a nice meadow with a bubbling brook nearby, throw down a blanket and read the day away. Paris in Love isn’t so much a story, as it is a compilation of short introductory paragraphs and collections of short facebook entries and tweets by chapters.
Ms. James doesn’t shy away from talking about the dark side of living in Paris but her joie de vivre over the simple pleasures overshadows the negatives. She also doesn’t strive to make her family life the picture of perfection. In the small snippets of daily living, we are privy to the ups and downs of day to day family life with husbands, kids, in-laws, and visiting family and friends.
We learn that Paris is not without its faults. There is bad weather. There are homeless people living on the streets. Some Parisians look down their noses at Americans. Not every French restaurant serves perfect French cuisine (gasp!).
Although these little snippets may seem disjointed at times, Ms. James’ little Parisian vignettes relayed warmth and painted some wonderful pictures in my head that kept me reading.
Elizabeth W. (Van Buren, AR)
Paris in Love
If one were to visit an old friend after returning from a trip, this is what the conversation would be...an afternoon of bits and pieces and all the best parts of an unforgettable trip to a fabulous place. Relax and enjoy the book with a glass of wine or a nice cup of tea.
Linda K. (Belvidere, IL)
Paris in Love...or In Love with Paris?
Paris in Love, by Eloisa James, was such a delightful read. It is formatted with clips or thoughts the author had while spending a year in Paris with her family. Most of these clips were just everyday observations of things going on around her and her family, but each was absorbing, many were humorous. The idea of selling everything and packing up to move to another country for a specified amount of time, while knowing you have jobs to return to is very appealing and something everyone who has that opportunity should dive into in full cannonball style. What a joy!!