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.Shortly after our meeting Karin said that she was thinking of writing a book.
She was living in Aix and this was the perfect start place to do it,
She had been traveling to France for years and she had lots of fond memories.
In writing of the Blue Satan Nightgown,She out did herself And wrote a great book.
Karin great job. Hope this is just the start of writing Career for you
Any one looking for a great read should buy this book.
Karin describes her move to a foreign country, France, at age 78. Not knowing the language or another soul, she tells of her two year stay as she ambles along beautifully with much humor, story-telling and unbelievable fun experiences. I believe this book will entice the most timid to plan and fly to whereever their hearts desire!
Karin shares her exploits with an uninhibited sense of self that is refreshing and totally relatable. Karin doesn’t just visit France. She fully commits to moving to a quaint village, discovers the cuisine, embraces the culture, and engages the people. Without being preachy or making us feel like we are reading a self-help book, Karin offers life lessons through her own experiences and teaches us that whether you are 28 or 82, you should be true to yourself, pursue your dreams, try new things, and not let your fears limit your dreams.
Ultimately, I think this book is far more than a memoir. I would describe it as a motivational and inspirational story about living life to its fullest. It challenges people to ask themselves what their dreams are and offers tips on what it takes bring those dreams to fruition. I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. It was an easy read with a lot of good insights. Enjoy!
This was not the author’s first visit to France. She had come to Paris, some thirty odd years ago, accompanied by her much loved husband, Bill. After retirement as a psychiatrist, the author had intended to return with her husband. Tragically, Bill passed away due to complications arising out of Parkinson’s Disease. The author determined, however, as part of an exercise in healing, to travel to Aix -en- Provence and live there for a year. This stay was to be extended by another year, as the author embarked on a new project, viz., the writing of this book.
So we see the author preparing to leave for her extended stay in Provence. We see her leasing her furnished apartment, appearing for the interview required for a long-term visa and disposing herself of most of her possessions. Then we see her embarking on the trip that had taken so much planning, her daughter Vicky by her side.
Once in Provence, the author describes the involved bureaucratic process in France required to hire an apartment, her interaction with the locals in Aix-en-Provence and her attempts to learn the language and culinary traditions of the new country. Each chapter in this book is augmented by a recipe, specific to the same.
Further, the author describes her interaction with expatriates from other countries and the group activities they shared, an important example being a game called petanque. She also mentions some fleeting romantic encounters with one of them, on an expedition to nearby villages along the Mediterranean.
My personal favorite is the account of the Swedish ceremony of Santa Lucia at the Cathedral Saint- Saveur. Another very readable account is the story of how she spent Christmas with a friend and her family in Paris, to be joined soon after by her daughter Wendy and Mitch. The memories of her husband that welled up make this chapter very poignant reading.
Finally, the author mentions the “blue satin nightgown” that she bought with the intention to use on a romantic encounter after the first three dates. Instead of romantic encounters, the nightgown came to symbolize the self-actualization of this entire trip, culminating in the writing of this book.
This book is a joy to read. The narration is fast paced and feather light. Yet difficult situations are not glossed over and the overall texture is like a fine French pastry, light and fluffy, making you want more of the same.
Warmly recommended, especially to all Francophiles.