Thursday, July 26, 2012

Speed Date with Paris: PARIS IN LOVE by Eloisa James

Thursday is Speed Date Night. What's a Book Speed Date? It's a quickie review--about 150 words or so--of any genre book. If you want to join in the speed dating fun, sign up in the Linky below. The speed date is all about "meeting" new books.

272 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2012)
Publisher: Random House
Review copy provided by publisher for hones review

In 2009, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog). 

Paris in Love invites the reader into the life of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour.

Wouldn't be awesome to pick up and move to a foreign city like Paris for a year or more? This idea has always appealed (though I wouldn't be able to go anywhere without my dogs) so, when PARIS IN LOVE appeared in my mailbox, I immediately picked it up. Eloisa James, romance novelist, wife, and mother of two, did just that. And she brought her entire family. Now *that's* an experience!

Told mainly in little snippets of around fifty words, this story follows the author and her family as they discover beautiful places, tasty nibbles, intriguing people, and the intricacies of navigating a foreign city. Gorgeous and interesting, PARIS IN LOVE will indeed make you fall in love.


  1. This sounds like just my kind of book. I only spent 3 days in Paris but I would love to go back. I loved all the parks and gardens.

  2. I'm not a memoir reader but this book sounds like the exception. Dropping everything and moving to Paris sounds like a DREAM! Yep, this sounds like one I really must read!

  3. I love books set in Paris and anywhere else overseas! This sounds like a reat, fun book!

  4. Picking up and moving to foreign country for a year would be awesome:) I would love to move to Florence (with dogs of course), but I don't think the husband would go for that. Pffft.

    Sounds like such a cute book, and I haven't read anything by Eloisa James, so WIN!

  5. It sounds really good, like part memoir part city guide. I don't actually enjoy Eloisa's books but I do appreciate her writing style so I think this might be very interesting. :D

  6. i loove her historical romances!! i wouldn't mind trying a modern novel by her, but i hope she keeps writing historicals :)

  7. YES! I've always wished I could do something like this. Just pack up and go. And I bet it would be even better to go with your family just to be able to discover together.

  8. Sounds like a good memoir! I'd be so scared to pack and leave for a new country, but having family (and lovely scenery) would definitely make it easier to adjust.

  9. I spent two days in Paris and i have to admit that i wasn't a fan however i would love to move to italy for a year. Great speedy review there :D