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Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Brook
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Book Description

With one bounced check, Nancy Brook’s world collapsed around her.  She was charged with a felony and thrown in jail even though her husband had pilfered money out of their business account.  Eventually, the charges were dismissed, but her marriage and business were over.  A decade later at age forty-three, Nancy thrived as a bank vice president and single parent.  Still, she couldn’t get her dating act together.  After seven break-ups in seven years, she knew it was time for a change. The cure for her dating blues?  A 700-mile cycling expedition from Bordeaux to the Alps.  In France, Nancy wasn’t a corporate manager, a mother, or someone’s girlfriend.  She was reborn into a beautiful new world—without responsibilities or expectations. Cycling, Wine, and Men:  A Midlife Tour de France reveals an introspective journey through post-divorce dating, single parenthood, and finding happiness and independence as an unattached woman in her prime.  Nancy had thought the perfect guy would make life complete.  Instead she learned that pursuing passions and fulfilling lifelong dreams created deeper fulfillment than her latest homme parfait.  Experience the ride of a lifetime as Under the Tuscan Sun meets Sex in the City.


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“Cycling, Wine, and Men is a charming, delightful, and enlightening read. I fell madly in love with Nancy Brook—her words rang true, her insights and honesty felt like a good friend.  A constant reminder to live your life fully, forgive yourself daily, and love yourself more. There’s a line in her book, ‘There’s a gift in the waiting,’ which perfectly describes this gem of a memoir.”
– Amy Ferris, author of Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis

“Brook’s observant tale left me longing to box up my bike and head back to France. A journey isn’t about the destination, but the valleys, the climbs, and the small hamlets along the way. As she demonstrates, what you learn about yourself in the process often proves to be the ultimate souvenir.”
– Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

 “When it comes to heartache and relationships, many women often put healing on the back seat when maybe they should be putting it on a bike seat—literally and figuratively!  This book does a wonderful job of reminding women that while the journey may be more important than the destination…sometimes the destination is just what is needed to return to happiness and contentment at home.”
– Kimberly Dawn Neumann, author of The Real Reasons Men Commit and founder of DatingDivaDaily.com

“Honest, heartfelt, and inspiring. I admire Nancy Brook’s courage to overcome challenges and explore life’s possibilities.”
– Rick Frishman, bestselling author and Morgan James publisher

“I love the lesson of the book: looking for happiness outside of ourselves never produces lasting satisfaction.”
– Peggy McColl, New York Times bestselling author

“Cycling, Wine, and Men is sure to inspire others to follow their bliss.”
– Theo Pauline Nestor, author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed

“If you subscribe to the notion that life is about lessons, Nancy Brook’s life has a few to offer. Here’s the most important one: We all need people. But sometimes, the person we need most is the one we discover in ourselves.”
– Craig Lancaster, author of 600 Hours of Edward and The Summer Son

“Nancy Brook’s chronicle of cycling through France, as a means of ‘re-cycling’ her life, goes beyond the typical ‘I survived’ genre.  She invites the reader to join her up and down the hills, deep into the nooks and crannies of the countryside, and into the hearts of the country folk—as she braves the terrain apart from the safety of her riding companions.  Nancy literally reaches out to grab life in the very best way—on her own terms. Bravo and thank you, Nancy, for a great read and a great ride!”
– Bonnie D. Graham, producer/host “Read My Lips” on BlogTalkRadio.com

“In this captivating and delightful memoir, Nancy Brook takes us on an exploration through both the rolling hills of the French countryside and her own internal journey toward self-acceptance. We grow along with her as she cycles and examines her life and relationship choices.  Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France is exquisitely written and hard to put down. A real joy to read!”
– Kristen Moeller, MS, author of Waiting for Jack: Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie– How to Stop Waiting and Start Living Your Life

 “At age 43, Nancy Brook takes a long, backward look at her life:  It’s a path pockmarked by a husband’s betrayal, cavalier lovers and a long, lonely climb up the career ladder. But there’s also something else. Buoyed by remarkable resilience and an innate belief in love that refuses to be snuffed out, she embarks on a mid-life adventure bicycling through France. Riding through the bucolic French countryside and over grueling mountain passes, Nancy’s tour de France quickly becomes an engaging tour de life. Honest, reflective, with more than a little sauciness, Nancy’s journey becomes the reader’s journey to rediscovering love, levity, and a life—well lived.”
– Allyn Calton, editor, Magic City Magazine

“Cycling, Wine, and Men by Nancy Brook is a touching, heartfelt tome about her rough and unfortunate time leading up to a cycling tour of France. Reading about her life and a string of bad luck that leads up to her big decision to bicycle through France is filled with tension and drama and wrestles with the idea of making it all right by taking this trip.  While reading, you will find yourself rooting for her and wanting to yell out, ‘Yes, go to France!’ And what a time it is. Ms. Brook’s first book is a must read for anyone who has ever lived through life’s various trials and tribulations, just to see if it turns out okay.”
– Mark Stephen Levy, author of Overland

 “Riveting! I could not stop reading.”
– Linda Cassell, executive coach, Quantum Leap Coaching & Training

“Cycling, Wine, and Men is a Gold Medal Winner. I started reading because author Nancy Brook is a colleague. But that’s where the road divides. Newly divorced and seeking the coveted new life, Brook showed me the roadway. Sharing her personal journey, she gives us a rich book with insight, poise, and warmth. A great read for women AND men alike.”
– Eric Gelb, author and copywriter, www.PublishingGold.com

Book Description

Cycling, Wine, & Men explores the author’s parallel journeys:  one on a bicycle cycling across France;  the other as a divorced woman cycling through men.  Written in a self-confession style that echoes Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, Cycling, Wine, & Men is a quick-paced dating/adventure story that women will devour.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2063 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0076TUKJE
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (February 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HIM4S2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a fun read January 16, 2011
Format:Paperback
"Cycling, Wine, & Men" is a great book. Nancy's descriptions of the people she meets & the towns she tours puts the reader right there with her. I so enjoyed the landscape of the book & the places/people she visits in France. Since I've never been there & certainly will never experience it on a bike it was quite entertaining. Nancy writes in a manner that is easy to read & her sense of humor shows through. It is hard to imagine taking off on an adventure such as this entirely on your own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Read February 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
"Cycling, Wine, and Men" is rich in detail and easy to read. Nancy Brook's wisdom and sense of humor shine throughout. She immediately draws you into her journey and continues to captivate. The book is a very enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and inspirational January 30, 2011
Format:Paperback
The story of one woman's journey to reconnect with herself. A story told from the heart with a refreshing honesty. In her early forties, Nancy Brook finds herself feeling as though something is missing from her life. She feels certain that finding Mr. Right would be the solution to her problems, but after a string of unsuccessful dates and broken relationships, she is disillusioned. Once married, now a single mother, her daughter away studying, Nancy finds herself alone. One of her passions is cycling, and she had always wanted to visit France. Somehow that youthful dream of visiting the faraway picturesque country had escaped her as she climbed the career ladder and brought up her daughter. Wanting to get away from the monotony of her life, she decides to sign up for a cycling trip across France. We follow Nancy on her journey through France.

Nancy resolves to make the most of her trip to the country she has always dreamed of visiting, and along the way she takes many photographs (some are included in the book), talks to many of the French people she meets along the way, and tries to immerse herself in the culture. During her journey, she begins to become more comfortable being alone, less judgmental of other people's life choices, and her own problems are put into perspective. By the end of the tour she feels rejuvenated. Her view of life has shifted. She begins to appreciate her own life so much more.
The tour across France is over 700 miles by bike, including some of the steepest mountains, some of which are tackled by professional cyclists along the route of the Tour de France. Nancy Brook's story includes interesting historical detail about each town that is visited on the tour. Also, there is information on the wines of France.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry "EX" it is a factual account February 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
I have read Nancy's book and was actual witness to it all. I was there and took in their daughter when Nancy was taken into custody because of the money "ex" had taken to pay the printer. "ex" had no concern for Nancy or his daughter at the point I contacted him. Detached, unemotional and self-protecting. No intention of returning to help straighten this out and no concern whatsoever for his daughters well-being at what was happening with her mother. I was surprised to see such a factual accounting of the events with little to no emotional overtones or one-sided presentation. After re-reading there seems to be about 130+ words dedicated to "ex" in the entire book. Perhaps "ex" would have liked a little more exposure than he was given. Sorry buddy, this book is not about you or your ilk. Nancy has written from her heart in an effort to help all women and to share her self-discovery experience!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful two-fold experience April 25, 2011
Format:Paperback
Nancy Brook has chronicled both the challenges of middle age relationship and athletic endurance in this delightful book. It is a ride to take, the strenuous mileage of her cycling while she works out personal dilemmas and proves that she can pass her own test - riding up mountains in France. This is a tour of France with the underpinning of purpose.

While I could imagine this exciting trek like a viewer of athletes on television, she has provided tidbits on the French villages, history, and the ambiance of her tour friends. Like the destinations on her map, she has interwoven her own concerns, the doctor Dante, the cat Oreo missing at home, and the epiphanies that she reaches in the way that she cycles to a mountaintop near the end. This is a book that celebrates womanly endurance while facing whatever surrounds. It has the travel writer's description and the flow of story, two-fold and inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A five star journey that will make you laugh and cry March 21, 2011
By Anges
Format:Paperback
I just finished Nancy's book and I just couldn't put it down. It isn't because I am a bike fan: far from it. And yet, her book is totally inspiring and refreshing. It's like a breath of fresh air in our too busy lives where we tend to lose the plot and be too busy to truly live.

Nancy took some time off and not only it was precious for her and taught her one of the best lessons that life has to offer: that happiness comes from within and must be sought "solo" before pursuing relationships, she also shares it with us in such a way that she inspires us as well.

She shows us that the true way to live is to live slowly. To take the time. To follow our dreams. She doesn't only say it, she has the courage to act on it. Some people have said that her book is similar to "Eat Pray and Love: personally I got more out of it than of Elizabeth Gilbert's book, although I enjoyed it a lot as well. Because who, when they have families, has time to spend six months travelling the world to find their true selves? Only a few privileged ones. Whereas Nancy shows us that spending time with ourselves and facing our old demons of lack of self love can be done by everyone and not only that: it is a must. How can anyone love us if we don't love ourselves first.

There is also a bonus in her book: I love France and Nancy shows us the true and only way to travel - and that is by making the effort to connect to the locals and speak their language. That was truly music to my heart.

Thank you Nancy for this powerful yet entertaining book. A true gem.
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