Sure, books look pretty set up around your home but the best part is reading them and being taken to another place… in time, or part of the world. Researching and writing my first book last summer left me very little free time to for reading. Since turning in my manuscript, I’ve been making up for lost time and have read some incredible books the past few months. I tend to gravitate towards memoirs and historical fiction, especially set in WWII France. A few years ago I read SARAH’S KEY and it’s still one of the best books I’ve ever read. Book store shopping is a must for me, frequently visiting my local Barnes & Noble and favorite neighborhood bookshop, Book Court. When I’m not in a rush to get my hands on it, Amazon does the trick.
In 2010, an apartment in Paris was discovered untouched for almost 70 years. I was enthralled in the story of the time capsule into Le Belle Epoque. This book, a fictional account of Madame de Florian’s life is so detailed and magical; it will seem as if you’re reading her biography. Mixed with a modern day story of furniture appraiser April Vogt, this tale of two passionate woman is a must read. It was also just released on paperback. Read more about the apartment of Marthe de Florian
PICNIC IN PROVENCE by Elizabeth Bard
Bard’s debut, LUNCH IN PARIS was probably one of the biggest inspirations to my wanting to write a lifestyle guide about Paris and Parisian life. Her stories of love and life in Paris are so animated and real. In PICNIC IN PROVENCE, she treats us to her unexpected new life in Provence where she & her husband opened an ice cream shop. The book is a delight, with delicious Provencal recipes mixed into the story. Find out more about their Scaramouche Ice Cream shop in Provence, HERE
MY PARIS DREAM by Kate Betts
Fashion editor + writer Kate Betts chronicles her move and life in Paris just after she finished college. Her trials of adjusting to the French language and culture remind of when I also first moved to Paris and all that came with it; both the dreamy and not so dreamy moments. This wonderful memoir is one that I will definitely read again.
My other favorite reads this year include THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah and I also recently re-read the French classic, BONJOUR TRISTESSE; which really never gets old. Next, I’m reading THE KNOCKOFF by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza. What’s on your summer reading list?
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