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A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France [Kindle Edition]

Maribeth Clemente
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, part memoir, part love story, is a romantic ode to the most visited country in the world.

Told by a proudly-feminine and sophisticated travel writer, an expert in all things French, searching for harmony and true love with her super-cyclist boyfriend. A Tour of the Heart will keep you bien captivé through its many twists and turns.

A Tour of the Heart highlights the life of a travel writer, France, cycling, food and wine, the Tour de France and the joys and travails of traveling à deux. The freedom, the challenges, the ups and downs, the discoveries around every bend, pedaling the bucolic roads of France is an adventure—and so is their love…

“Maribeth is a first-rate tour guide.”

Associated Press


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About the Author

MARIBETH CLEMENTE is the author of The Chic Shopper's Guide to Paris, The Riches of Paris: A Shopping and Touring Guide and The Riches of France: A Shopping and Touring Guide to the French Provinces. She lived eleven years in France and then moved to Colorado where she has lived for over a decade. Maribeth hosts a travel radio show, blogs on her website, www.bonjourcolorado.com, and writes for various travel publications and websites. For more related to A Tour of the Heart, including a travel guide to the regions she covers in this book, visit www.atouroftheheart.com.

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  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479134368
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W87P9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,278 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 Tour of the Heart May 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Maribeth Clemente's Tour of the Heart beautifully captures a woman's journey through the vicissitudes and turning points in a relationship against the backdrop of a luscious cycling trip through France with her partner. She also provides interesting historical facts, tid bits about French culture and descriptions of mouth watering meals and delicacies in villages that make the reader want to experience these special places. All this while candidly describing intimate thoughts about partner and the most painful period of her life that she comes to terms with. Clemente also weaves in a chance encounter with team members of the Tour de France. Her book will serve as inspiration for those to follow their dreams. That it also the perfect resource when planning a trip to France is an added bonus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story! April 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect before reading this. I LOVED it, a sweet story of life, travel, people, culture. It amazes me how I could vividly picture the streets and scenes of France. A story that make you realize how over the years we morph ourselves and what we find important in life.
I've always dreamed of going to Paris, sipping coffee in an outdoor cafe. Now lets add riding an awesome bike with a large basket, stopping at an outdoor market grabbing a big bunch of flowers and off I go..
Thank you for writing this beautiful story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It brought back memories May 16, 2013
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I spent two months riding around Provenance and A Tour of the Heart brought back vivid memories of those lazy days riding from town to town along sticky roads from the grape harvest. As in the book, I too found a road that ended and I had to go across country through a vineyard. Maribeth does a good job capturing the spirit of France and cycling. I found I was rushing from chapter to chapter to see if had experienced any of "her" towns. To experience the real TOUR is still high on my bucket list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story! December 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I can honestly say, I never had any interest in visiting France until I read this book. It was very detailed to me, and I could picture everything Maribeth was describing in my head. Now I really want to go to France! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story!! November 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A wonderful read, a captivating story that keeps you interested all the way through. Something for everyone: French culture, historic sites, the Tour de France, and of course, romance!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By lisa
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is excellent reading and I would highly recommend it! Maribeth Clemente shares her life and experiences of: Cycling, France and its cafes, shops, inns, etc, and the Tour de France with us. Ms. Clemente's descriptive writing holds the readers interests throughout her book. As a dyslexic, I was able to enjoy reading this book with loosing interest. So that speaks volumes! It is my hope that Maribeth continues to write more stories about places she has lived in. She is a truly talented writer. Peace, Lisa Perfetti
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me wnat to go to France December 4, 2012
By Vaset
Format:Paperback
I was in Telluride this fall and it was fantastic! I read that it was voted the number one ski town and I can see why. It is charming at any time of the year. While in Telluride, I stopped and browsed at the local book store and saw "A Tour of the Heart." I gobbled it up while on a plane as it was a quick read. The book is inspiring on many levels. Anyone who has ever wanted to have a child and didn't or anyone who has ever evolved (or thought of evolving) from a feminine city girl into a confident, physical woman will enjoy this book. Also....anyone who has ever wanted to go or has been to France will enjoy this book. We have visited some of the same hotels & villages that Maribeth visited and it brought back happy memories. It also made me want to go to France again. I challenge anyone who reads about the hotel where she stayed in Brantome to NOT want to go there. LOL. Just do it -- read the book and escape to France in your mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of A Tour of the Heart December 5, 2012
By lisa
Format:Paperback
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read about: cycling, France, romance, etc. Plus, it is such an easy read that will hold onto your interests, while delighting you. Maribeth Clemente is an excellent writer. Her descriptive details of: France, Bicycling, The Tour de France, Hotels, Shops, etc. as well as the surroundings makes you feel as though you are there with her. I highly recommend this book! Happy Reading, Lisa Perfetti
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Love France.
Loving France is easy - this book highlights many traits that the French people exemplify. The author talks about cycling and skiing as though those sports are as rich an... Read more
Published 5 days ago by FabFoodie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great recount of places in France, not that romantic!
Published 6 days ago by Barbara Weir
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour of the Heart
I am not entirely sure quite why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. I'm not a particularly keen cyclist and have no great yearning for France but enjoy it I did. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mary Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars I quite enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book. It describes rural France as I love it best even though I've never followed the Tour. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rivergirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Travelogue set in FRANCE (“through pain comes transformation”)
A delightful memoir cum travelogue set in France. Maribeth Clemente is a seasoned travel writer and her experience shows through the crisp and assured writing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TripFiction
3.0 out of 5 stars Details, details, details
I did enjoy this tale, but I like details. If you don't like the minute details of planning a tour involving cycling, pass this read by. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joanna S.
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable tour without leaving the comfort of your recliner!
This was a delightful read..not always light hearted but definitely interesting. A tour of France without leaving the comfort of home! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Partly a junket but an enjoyable read
Pedal Power: Great Bicycle JourneysMaribeth Clemente is an American once married to a French guy.She knows her way around France. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pedal roy
3.0 out of 5 stars Need to learn to ride a bike!
This started slow and I felt it could have picked up the pace at the beginning. However, I pushed on and enjoyed the camaraderie between the couple, loved the scenic descriptions... Read more
Published 6 months ago by PatriciaS
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting read following the trail system towns and the Tour. Unfortunate
Published 6 months ago by Alicia G. Hernandez
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More About the Author

MARIBETH CLEMENTE is the author of The Chic Shopper's Guide to Paris, The Riches of Paris: A Shopping and Touring Guide, The Riches of France: A Shopping and Touring Guide to the French Provinces and now A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France. She lived eleven years in France and then moved to Colorado where she has lived for over a decade. Maribeth hosts Travel Fun, a talk radio show on KOTO, blogs on her website, www.bonjourcolorado.com, and writes for various travel publications and websites. For more related to her new book, A Tour of the Heart, including a travel guide to the regions she covers in this book, visit www.atouroftheheart.com.


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