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Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France by [Brook, Nancy]
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Length: 270 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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“Cycling, Wine, and Men is a charming, delightful, and enlightening read. I fell madly in love with Nancy Brook—her words rang true, her insights and honesty felt like a good friend.  A constant reminder to live your life fully, forgive yourself daily, and love yourself more. There’s a line in her book, ‘There’s a gift in the waiting,’ which perfectly describes this gem of a memoir.”
– Amy Ferris, author of Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis

“Brook’s observant tale left me longing to box up my bike and head back to France. A journey isn’t about the destination, but the valleys, the climbs, and the small hamlets along the way. As she demonstrates, what you learn about yourself in the process often proves to be the ultimate souvenir.”
– Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

 “When it comes to heartache and relationships, many women often put healing on the back seat when maybe they should be putting it on a bike seat—literally and figuratively!  This book does a wonderful job of reminding women that while the journey may be more important than the destination…sometimes the destination is just what is needed to return to happiness and contentment at home.”
– Kimberly Dawn Neumann, author of The Real Reasons Men Commit and founder of DatingDivaDaily.com

“Honest, heartfelt, and inspiring. I admire Nancy Brook’s courage to overcome challenges and explore life’s possibilities.”
– Rick Frishman, bestselling author and Morgan James publisher

“I love the lesson of the book: looking for happiness outside of ourselves never produces lasting satisfaction.”
– Peggy McColl, New York Times bestselling author

“Cycling, Wine, and Men is sure to inspire others to follow their bliss.”
– Theo Pauline Nestor, author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed

“If you subscribe to the notion that life is about lessons, Nancy Brook’s life has a few to offer. Here’s the most important one: We all need people. But sometimes, the person we need most is the one we discover in ourselves.”
– Craig Lancaster, author of 600 Hours of Edward and The Summer Son

“Nancy Brook’s chronicle of cycling through France, as a means of ‘re-cycling’ her life, goes beyond the typical ‘I survived’ genre.  She invites the reader to join her up and down the hills, deep into the nooks and crannies of the countryside, and into the hearts of the country folk—as she braves the terrain apart from the safety of her riding companions.  Nancy literally reaches out to grab life in the very best way—on her own terms. Bravo and thank you, Nancy, for a great read and a great ride!”
– Bonnie D. Graham, producer/host “Read My Lips” on BlogTalkRadio.com

“In this captivating and delightful memoir, Nancy Brook takes us on an exploration through both the rolling hills of the French countryside and her own internal journey toward self-acceptance. We grow along with her as she cycles and examines her life and relationship choices.  Cycling, Wine, and Men: A Midlife Tour de France is exquisitely written and hard to put down. A real joy to read!”
– Kristen Moeller, MS, author of Waiting for Jack: Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie– How to Stop Waiting and Start Living Your Life

 “At age 43, Nancy Brook takes a long, backward look at her life:  It’s a path pockmarked by a husband’s betrayal, cavalier lovers and a long, lonely climb up the career ladder. But there’s also something else. Buoyed by remarkable resilience and an innate belief in love that refuses to be snuffed out, she embarks on a mid-life adventure bicycling through France. Riding through the bucolic French countryside and over grueling mountain passes, Nancy’s tour de France quickly becomes an engaging tour de life. Honest, reflective, with more than a little sauciness, Nancy’s journey becomes the reader’s journey to rediscovering love, levity, and a life—well lived.”
– Allyn Calton, editor, Magic City Magazine

“Cycling, Wine, and Men by Nancy Brook is a touching, heartfelt tome about her rough and unfortunate time leading up to a cycling tour of France. Reading about her life and a string of bad luck that leads up to her big decision to bicycle through France is filled with tension and drama and wrestles with the idea of making it all right by taking this trip.  While reading, you will find yourself rooting for her and wanting to yell out, ‘Yes, go to France!’ And what a time it is. Ms. Brook’s first book is a must read for anyone who has ever lived through life’s various trials and tribulations, just to see if it turns out okay.”
– Mark Stephen Levy, author of Overland

 “Riveting! I could not stop reading.”
– Linda Cassell, executive coach, Quantum Leap Coaching & Training

“Cycling, Wine, and Men is a Gold Medal Winner. I started reading because author Nancy Brook is a colleague. But that’s where the road divides. Newly divorced and seeking the coveted new life, Brook showed me the roadway. Sharing her personal journey, she gives us a rich book with insight, poise, and warmth. A great read for women AND men alike.”
– Eric Gelb, author and copywriter, www.PublishingGold.com

Book Description

Cycling, Wine, & Men explores the author’s parallel journeys:  one on a bicycle cycling across France;  the other as a divorced woman cycling through men.  Written in a self-confession style that echoes Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, Cycling, Wine, & Men is a quick-paced dating/adventure story that women will devour.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1995 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1600378277
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (February 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HIM4S2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
"Cycling, Wine, & Men" is a great book. Nancy's descriptions of the people she meets & the towns she tours puts the reader right there with her. I so enjoyed the landscape of the book & the places/people she visits in France. Since I've never been there & certainly will never experience it on a bike it was quite entertaining. Nancy writes in a manner that is easy to read & her sense of humor shows through. It is hard to imagine taking off on an adventure such as this entirely on your own.
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The story of one woman's journey to reconnect with herself. A story told from the heart with a refreshing honesty. In her early forties, Nancy Brook finds herself feeling as though something is missing from her life. She feels certain that finding Mr. Right would be the solution to her problems, but after a string of unsuccessful dates and broken relationships, she is disillusioned. Once married, now a single mother, her daughter away studying, Nancy finds herself alone. One of her passions is cycling, and she had always wanted to visit France. Somehow that youthful dream of visiting the faraway picturesque country had escaped her as she climbed the career ladder and brought up her daughter. Wanting to get away from the monotony of her life, she decides to sign up for a cycling trip across France. We follow Nancy on her journey through France.

Nancy resolves to make the most of her trip to the country she has always dreamed of visiting, and along the way she takes many photographs (some are included in the book), talks to many of the French people she meets along the way, and tries to immerse herself in the culture. During her journey, she begins to become more comfortable being alone, less judgmental of other people's life choices, and her own problems are put into perspective. By the end of the tour she feels rejuvenated. Her view of life has shifted. She begins to appreciate her own life so much more.
The tour across France is over 700 miles by bike, including some of the steepest mountains, some of which are tackled by professional cyclists along the route of the Tour de France. Nancy Brook's story includes interesting historical detail about each town that is visited on the tour. Also, there is information on the wines of France.
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"Cycling, Wine, and Men" is rich in detail and easy to read. Nancy Brook's wisdom and sense of humor shine throughout. She immediately draws you into her journey and continues to captivate. The book is a very enjoyable read.
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I have read Nancy's book and was actual witness to it all. I was there and took in their daughter when Nancy was taken into custody because of the money "ex" had taken to pay the printer. "ex" had no concern for Nancy or his daughter at the point I contacted him. Detached, unemotional and self-protecting. No intention of returning to help straighten this out and no concern whatsoever for his daughters well-being at what was happening with her mother. I was surprised to see such a factual accounting of the events with little to no emotional overtones or one-sided presentation. After re-reading there seems to be about 130+ words dedicated to "ex" in the entire book. Perhaps "ex" would have liked a little more exposure than he was given. Sorry buddy, this book is not about you or your ilk. Nancy has written from her heart in an effort to help all women and to share her self-discovery experience!
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I am not into cycling---at least not anything close to Nancy Brook. I have a Schwinn beach cruiser-- that I struggle to keep upright. some of the time. She made me feel as though I were with her on her French trip, however, and her sense of humor made this book a pleasure to read.
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A very light read, it was somewhat entertaining. I appreciate the author saying it like it is and not like most books out there with the typical scenario of "girl breaks up with boy, girl goes on a trip, girl finds love of her life in Paris". A thin book by all accounts (double spacing, plenty of pictures and large text), it's good enough if you would like an interesting perspective on French countryside. However, I find it hard to relate to this book as I'm neither a pro-cyclist nor am fluent in French.
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The title of this book includes three things I love and it's set in France so I just HAD to read it.

By her early forties Nancy had already accomplished a lot, including picking herself up after her husband disappeared with money from their joint business, leaving her a single parent with debts and in trouble with the police. However in terms of a serious relationship and time for herself, things were lacking in her life. Putting her corporate life on hold for a much needed holiday we join Nancy as she makes the amazing journey across France from Bordeaux in the west to the Alps in the east, by bike.

Nancy and I are of a similar age and although I live in France and love cycling here the thought of undertaking a trek by bike from Bordeaux to the Alps is still quite daunting. Nancy sets out to accomplish it and on her first visit to France. She flew into Paris from the States with her luggage and bike (all packaged up), immediately found her way onto a train to Bordeaux and within a few days was cycling the vineyards with a group she only just met in a country she had only just arrived in - chapeau Nancy. I loved the day-by-day descriptions of the cycling route, she was honest, enthusiastic and her determination was quite something. France was somewhere Nancy had always wanted to visit and it was refreshing to experience her fresh-faced love for this beautiful country and to share in her enthusiasm for some of the very French scenes she saw on the way. It is true that we often tend to take for granted what is on our doorstep.

There is no doubting Nancy is a strong, independent woman, but she admits to being a romantic too and her need for the fairytale happily ever after is something she discusses in the book.
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