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About the Author

Kristin Espinasse is the creator of French-Word-A-Day.com. Her personal essays make up the books "Words in a French Life" and "Blossoming in Provence." Columnist at France Today, her back page "Dernier Mot" is read by Francophiles bimonthly. Kristin lives in Provence with her husband, their two children, and two golden retrievers (Braise and Smokey). Receive her free word journal at www.french-word-a-day.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496139550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496139559
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of the book "Words in a French Life" and the blog French Word-A-Day: http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lanier Cordell on March 17, 2014
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When you open the covers of any of Kristin Espinasse's books you are invited in to the most lovely world. The experience is so much like sitting at the table in a dear friend's kitchen and catching up on life's myriad experiences. There is such warmth, genuineness and compassion in everything she writes. Nothing is ever too mundane or common to escape her notice and her notice makes everything seem so noteworthy and charming. You will laugh, cry, sigh with envy, see yourself and people you know or wish you knew. To be observed by Kristin is to be graced with the kindest of eyes. Every time I read her work, I want to hop on a plane to the south of France and knock on her door in time for a cup of tea and a huge slice of her life. She is so generous to share her life with her readers. Buy this book and her others. You'll have a warm smile on your face for days.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McBride on March 13, 2014
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You will never go wrong with a book by Kristin Espinasse, who writes beautifully and from the heart. Every Francophile will want to live this experience with Kristin, and soak up, along the way, the tastes and smells and lovely sites of the provencal countryside where she settles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stephaniesays on March 19, 2014
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Kristin Espinasse's books are a great combination of storytelling and French learning. If you love France, are visiting France or learning French, these books are fun additions to your library. They are now my go-to gifts for anyone who is learning or visiting France. I also recommend her other two titles, but this one is my favorite to date. It is full of beautiful pictures and adorable graphics along with the French phrases. And there is a bonus French story at the end that I can't wait to use with my French students!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Revolutionary War buff on March 14, 2014
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I always open Kristin's blogs in anticipation of her glorious photographs of the France of our dreams & of her beautiful family, including her dogs. Her stories can be touching or droll, and her French language tips are a gift to those of us who ever struggle to master idioms & pronunciation. I look forward to adding this to my Kristin bookshelf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. deCamp on March 19, 2014
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I just received this book yesterday and I can't put it down. I have been a reader of Kristin's blog for years now and own her previous books. This is her best book yet! Beautifully written with charm, warmth, humor and love. The love she has for her family and her life in France shines through and she is able to convey that warmth and love to the reader. Very sweet, heartwarming and joyful. Her beautiful photos are just icing on the cake!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MmeC on March 14, 2014
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Kristin really does what many of us dream of doing and writes about it with humor and grace. I love reading about her life in France with her family. She captures daily life there in her unique, gracious, thoughtful and humble way. Reading her work makes me want to be in France, to be her friend and to be a kinder, more gentle person. Not many writers can do that every time they write!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sherrill on March 26, 2014
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You must get this book! Kristin has such a gift of writing you will want all three of her books, and to follow her blog to get a more frequent "fix" of her writing. She is tender, honest, funny, thought-provoking, and paints a thoroughly enjoyable picture of her world with her exquisite choice of vocabulary. Which, for those of us wishing to pick up a little more french, she also strews bits of french vocab to make her stories instructional as well! Get it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Hoppe, author on April 26, 2014
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American Kristin Espinasse has compiled 28 pleasant essays about her life in France after she met and married a French man. The book grew out of her French Word-A-Day blog. As with each blog post, she includes a few French words and definitions in each chapter, as well as interesting photos. Essays touch on quaint customs, colorful observations, small human dramas, family anecdotes. Reading this book feels like strolling through gently rolling French countryside, finding a grassy spot for your blue-and-white-checked picnic cloth, and resting against your wicker picnic basket all afternoon to gaze quietly over farms and villages as little everyday French scenes play out before you.

I have subscribed to and enjoyed Kristin’s blog for several years. As an American, I like discovering differences in French culture (like doggy bags and parking meters) along with Kristin. I like learning handy French words and expressions (like la bagnole for car) that often don’t show up in textbooks or even dictionaries. I believe First French Essais has more vocabulary than the blog, and I like that. In the book, for some odd reason, Kristin teaches that la belle-mère means the mother-in-law at least three times. After the first mention, she could have used the space on her vocabulary blackboard graphics for fresh words.

And I would say that for the book’s language lessons to stick, a reader would have to already have some foundational grammar pegs to hang the new expressions on. Even if a reader did not pick up a single new French word, however, First French Essais: Venturing into Writing, Marriage, & France is an enjoyable read. The simple stories are charmingly well-told, and you can identify with the emotions of the people in the stories.
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