After surviving breast cancer, Shakespeare professor and romance novelist, Eloisa James, takes a year long sabbatical in Paris with her husband and their children. James’s memoir is made up of expanded vignettes from her Facebook and Twitter posts. Her thoughts on Paris are literary, witty, insightful, and a tad pretentious— in the fun way one would imagine a romance novelist to write about Paris. James really gets into the fantasy of “living in Paris” with detailed descriptions of museums, fashion, cooking, eating, and shopping. The fantasy is balanced out though with the realities of life, such as her children struggling with their new school and her struggles with gaining—and then trying to lose— weight, due to all her enjoyment of French food. I listened to this audiobook over the course of a week and felt like I was visiting with an entertaining adventurous friend each day.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Age Group: Adult
Audiobook Version: Yes. Enjoyable and read by the author— though her voice takes a little getting used to at first.