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Paris Adieu: Coming of Age in the City of Light (The Ava Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rozsa Gaston
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Book Description

Paris Adieu is a coming-of-age tale of life lessons, romance, and self-empowerment all wrapped in the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris.

The first time Ava Fodor visits Paris as a nineteen-year old au pair, she has no idea who she is. Paris introduces Ava to the type of woman she'd like to become. Her French boyfriend introduces her to the concept of being comfortable in her own skin. She's intrigued. If only she knew how...

When she gets into Yale, she returns home, but four years later she's back for an encounter with a Frenchman that awakens her to womanhood. If only she could stay...

Five years later, Ava returns to Paris as a singer/pianist. She meets Arnaud, a foreign correspondent, who captures her heart, but tortures her with long absences. While he's away, she throws herself into songwriting where she achieves an authenticity she doesn't feel onstage. With the help of Arnaud's childhood friend Pierre, who appreciates Ava's original songs in a way Arnaud doesn't, Ava takes the reins of her own future. Armed with the lessons Paris has taught her, she bids adieu to Arnaud, Pierre and her very first love—the City of Light. But will the one man who truly understands her follow?

Part II of Ava's journey of self discovery, continued in Black is Not a Color.

Editorial Reviews


"A stunning tale of self-discovery set in the world's most romantic city." - BookBub

"Fantastic girl book." -Traveler55, Amazon review

"With vivid detail and humor, Gaston takes readers straight into the heart of Paris. Written with a deep sensuality that will keep readers attentive to Ava's every adventure." - Kim Nagy, Wild River Review

"The message was one that I believe all girls should follow. By the end of the story, Ava realized she didn't need a man, but instead had to do what was right for her and follow her own heart. Reading about Ava was a breath of fresh air. I would definitely recommend this book to female readers looking for an escape with a deep message." - Keri, Goodreads reviewer

"Literate men will love Rozsa Gaston's elegant, sexy, and almost impossibly witty look inside the hidden world of women. Buy this book - and keep it on your nightstand." - Author Laurence Siegel

"This is a story that's certain to touch a chord with readers who may remember their own first efforts to find love." - Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class

From the Author

I wrote Paris Adieu because I'm crazy about Paris. Paris wasn't particularly crazy about me but it doesn't matter. The City of Light lives in my heart forever and guides my tastes, my sensibility. I'm also crazy about women learning how to ask for what they want then getting it. The French women I observed in Paris when I was nineteen somehow exercised their inner teenage boy - no matter what their ages. Ever since my time there I was determined to exercise my own inner teenage boy. What I mean is that French women seemed to know how to grab hold of each day's pleasures with gusto and joie de vivre. French women don't feel guilty about enjoying pleasure. Ever since I lived in France I haven't either. And that's saying a lot for a woman New England born and raised. Read Paris Adieu and learn how to be comfortable in your own skin. And until you do, remember Ava's motto--fake it till you make it!

Product Details

  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096PPMTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,749 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 Sexy Page-Turner with a French Twist December 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In Paris Adieu, Rozsa Gaston draws readers into the story (and inner thoughts) of nineteen-year old, Ava, a New Englander who struggles with a severe case of "lack-of-planitis" and the constant criticism of an unsympathetic grandmother. Much to her grandmothers' dismay, Ava recently left college and works part time at a gas station. That is, until she hatches a plan to work as an au pair in Paris. With vivid detail and humor, Gaston takes readers straight into the heart of Paris through the eyes and ears of Ava, to a seductive land, where we smell pastries from her favorite bakery and meander through famous parks and museums, where we meet the French lover who urges Ava, always self-conscious about her body, to feel comfortable in her own skin. Throughout, Gaston writes with a deep appreciation for sensuality that will keep readers attentive to Ava's every adventure.

Kim Nagy, Executive Editor,Wild River Review
Founder, Wild River Books
Author of the Triple Goddess Trials
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Adieu--Can the Movie Be Far Behind? December 17, 2011
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Congratulations to Rozsa Gaston! I have purchased on, and finished reading on Kindle and Xoom, Paris Adieu, which I enjoyed thoroughly. It brought back fond memories of being in Paris and things French. Rozsa's powerful messages, on finding oneself, exploring the world and respecting different cultures as education in addition to formal higher learning, and the importance of both physical and emotional protection in sex and relationships, should be shared with not just those over 21, but with any young women, or men for that matter, as well, who in this modern day, have been exposed to so much before finishing high school, and are contemplating experiencing life. Can the series or movie be far behind?
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun, sexy, even informative December 17, 2011
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Well-founded in Intellectual Truth

If you have been young in Paris, or wish you had been, this is the book for you. Gaston's style paints a vivid portrait - breezy, but well-founded in intellectual truth.

Ariane Csonka Comstock, author of The Young People's Guide to Opera, Palm Beach Wit & Wisdom, and The Mental Diet
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Like all of Gaston's work, Paris Adieu is full of fun and charm. After A Moveable Feast, it is the top book for anyone who remembers all of the frivolity and seriousness that go with the French and the City of Light.

Ariana Kaleta, Baroness von Trautenegg
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paris Adieu January 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A true Coming of Age novel, Paris Adieu will touch your heart and your own memories of the first blush of falling in love. This book is a must read for all women, young and old.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers to Rozsa Gaston! December 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Paris Adieu was a quick and fun read. The main character, Ava, lives out the fantasy of women everywhere as she learns about life, love, and most importantly about herself, in a city full of passion -Paris. It really is a journey of self discovery, of being comfortable in one's own skin, and of enjoying life in the present moment. Made me wish I was young all over again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not terrific June 18, 2014
By Pat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Actually it was interesting as I've never been in any of the situations that this woman was trying to find herself. That said the writer got into a host of different lovers and even a parental trip that never developed into anything. It was like a maze ending abruptly. Sex was over done and boring. It was as if this woman was the total and the end, no one else existed at all. Her being able to get off was the amazing thing that only happened to her. What a bunk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip to Paris without the jet lag November 18, 2012
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I have only been to Paris twice but I was transported there again thanks to Rozsa Gaston's lovely novel about Ava and her transformation from girlhood to womanhood during her employment as an au pair in Paris following high school. The characters are so well developed and descriptions of everyday life in Paris so complete I could almost smell the fresh baguettes baking. Absolutely a great read, I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful writer
Published 1 month ago by kevin chin
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
Published 1 month ago by dixonsgirl26
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age
Any woman of a certain age will see themselves in this book whether going to Paris to find themselves or some other far away place from where they came from.
Published 2 months ago by Harleynana
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many plot changes
Somewhat interesting story line but inconsistent writing. Character development seemed arbitrary and constantly changing. I felt that the main character was constantly lost.
Published 2 months ago by sarah hagedorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age is worth reading
This is a really interesting coming of age story of an American girl, Ava, who learns that she has to be both "in the moment" and "comfortable in her own skin". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic girl book
This book tells a story over a period of years and show different Avas. First she is very young and naive, then wiser and willing to take things slower - but on her terms.
Published 3 months ago by traveler55
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!!!
Inspiring, Witty, Romantic and Insightful. An entertaining must read for all women!
A perfect book club selection that is sure to spark a few spicy and thought provoking... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Busy Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars totally "up my alley"!!! Kudos Rozsa Gaston ...
totally "up my alley" !!! Kudos Rozsa Gaston ... and thanks for recommending i read it !
Published 6 months ago by gabriela donescu
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Loved the details of life and love in France. Ava was wise, authentic, funny and her story was so realistic, totally believable!
Sorry it ended.
Published 8 months ago by rebecca howell
4.0 out of 5 stars Adieu ville des lumieres
It was a pleasure to follow Ava from her native New England to the City of Lights.
She appears at the beginning of the book as a typical undecided American student who wants... Read more
Published 9 months ago by catherine delloue
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More About the Author

ROZSA GASTON writes playful books on serious matters. Women getting what they want out of life is one of them. She studied European intellectual history at Yale, and then received her master's degree in international affairs from Columbia. In between Rozsa worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She currently lives in Bronxville, New York with her family.

Visit to learn more about each of Gaston's books.

Budapest Romance - When Kati Dunai travels to Budapest to settle her Hungarian refugee father's estate, she meets a Dutchman at a thermal spa bath hotel who introduces her to the mysteries of one of Europe's most exotic cities. Available on with actress Romy Nordlinger narrating or in paperback or eBook editions.

Paris Adieu - Part I of The Ava Series. Ava Fodor's journey of self discovery in the City of Light. Get it on or in paperback or eBook editions.

Black is Not a Color - Part II of The Ava Series. Ava Fodor returns to New York and Pierre follows But when Ava meets Pierre's mother in Carcassonne, disaster ensues. Get it on or in paperback or eBook editions.

Running from Love - A Story for Runners and Lovers. Run with Running from Love on, narrated by Valerie Smaldone, 5-time Billboard Magazine Award Winner and host of New York's 106.7 LITE FM radio show. Or read this story of two runners finding each other in paperback or eBook editions.

Dog Sitters - A contemporary eBook romance published by Astraea Press.

Lyric - A contemporary eBook romance set in Bronxville, NY. Published by Astraea Press.

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