Girlfriends! If you are single and full of untapped creative energy (say, you’ve “dabbled in photography, jewelry making”), former junk-mail writer turned memoirist MacLeod’s tell-a-lot might prove inspirational. Feeling trapped, MacLeod scraped up some cash (she helpfully lists the 100 ways she saved; number 32 is simple enough: “Traded stocks”), went to Paris (and proves she is in Paris by scattering French phrases throughout), and met an amazing man, a butcher—“He and his sexy jeans would bend down to stir up the potatoes that were roasting in drippings at the bottom of the oven.” MacLeod points out in an author’s note that most of the men she describes have more stunning qualities here than they “actually cultivated in themselves because that is how she once rolled.” The book itself, once rolling, may be chick lite, padded with sketches and letters and such, but it has a happy ending. “It had only occurred to me in that moment that I was indeed an artist. In Paris!” And she gets the guy, too. --Eloise Kinney
"Inspiration for others longing for adventure ... A romantic romp from Santa Monica to Paris with loads of advice on how to live minimally and take risks in life and love.
" - Kirkus
"Charming ... How memorist Janice MacLeod rewrote her life story, one gorgeously illustrated letter at a time" - Flare Magazine
"Written as though to best friend telling her story over lattes-or café crème. Relatable and inspiring ... cleverly crafted with wit and unexpected wisdom" - New York Journal of Books
"Janice MacLeod's charming Paris Letters
takes us on her starry-eyed discovery of Paris, the joys of learning the French language, a unique career in art and, best of all, the romance of a lifetime! C'est bon!" - Lynne Martin, author of Home Sweet Anywhere
"Aspirational fiction? No, a true story to inspire similar dreamers out there." - National Geographic's "Intelligent Travel"
"Through Janice's letters to friends and subscribers, as well as her writings, we can discover the delights she finds ... Follow your heart and dare to live your dreams but prepare for them first" - Dear Author
"I can't do justice to their beautiful love story-you need to read a firsthand account." - CanadianLiving.com
will inspire people ... MacLeod's finding her bliss gives everyone else hope that the impossible is anything but." - Shelf Awareness