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"One of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you— have ever read." —Augusten Burroughs Learn more
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"A charming story, and a delightful tribute to the power of a good old-fashioned love letter." - Peter Mayle, bestselling author of A Year in Provence
"A real-life fairytale. You'll be rooting for this bubbly American heroine and her prince charmant." - Elizabeth Bard, author of Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes
"Enchanting. A captivating real-life fairytale romance that will have you reading slowly so you can savor every delicious word. Castles included!" - Janice MacLeod, author of Paris Letters
"Wonderfully engaging and endearingly honest." - Samantha Brick, author of Head Over Heels in France: Falling in Love in the Lot
"Seven Letters from Paris is a celebration of l'amour across cultures and across decades... Samantha Verant embraces France, and her French love, with an all-American enthusiasm that is nothing if not infectious." - Hilary Reyl, author of Lessons in French
"Seven Letters from Paris is a glorious, life-affirming testament to the power of love to change everything." - Jo Maeder, author of Opposites Attack and When I Married My Mother
"Seven Letters from Paris is the story of a sexy, passionate, whirlwind romance twenty years in the making...and worth the wait. Sam shows us all the power of second chances and following your heart." - Teresa Rhyne, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dog Lived (And So Will I)
"A sweet and comical modern love story of one woman's wonderful happily-ever-after." - Wendy Lawless, author of Chanel Bonfire
"A true story of long-lost passion found." - Jennifer L. Scott, author of Lessons from Madame Chic --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00L5QGB7E
- Publisher : Sourcebooks (October 7, 2014)
- Publication date : October 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2376 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #614,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Samantha is a 19-year-old college student who, with her best friend, takes off one summer for a whirlwind two-week adventure in Europe. At dinner on their last night in Paris, a pair of dashing Frenchmen saunter over to their table, treat them to a bottle of wine, capture their hearts, and escort them on a Paris-by-night—all night—grand tour. At day’s end, they race to the station, barely catch the train and take off for the French Riviera, Geneva, Florence, and Greece—Paris now a fond memory never to be forgotten.
But Jean-Luc has been smitten. He writes to Samantha . . . seven times. She doesn’t answer. Summer adventure over. Life goes on.
Twenty years later—20 years—Samantha’s marriage is crumbling. Her job peters out. She moves in with her parents, takes up dog-walking to earn a bit of cash.
She digs out Jean-Luc’s 20-year-old letters. Searches him out on the Internet. Writes to apologize for not answering him. He writes back. Soon, letters are flying back and forth. Then phone calls, sometimes two or three a day. He invites her to France. She goes. And yep, that 20-year-old spark bursts into a bonfire. Eventually they marry. She moves to France.
That, dear readers, is a fairy tale. But it’s also an improbable, lovely, heart-warming love story, and so well told.
Read Seven Letters because it’s so impossibly true, but read it also to delight in a story told with humor, honesty, and not a bit of self-pity. The characters are charming. Like the story itself, you’ll never forget Jean-Luc or Samantha Verant.
The feeling I was left with was that the book and the author left the message that it is OK, and even sometimes a good idea, to break out of your comfort zone and take the fork in the road that will lead you to unpredictable adventures and a magical life!
I have a male French pen pal from the time I was 17 which continued until I was in my 40s. It ended when I married an American man. 25 years past that point I am still in contact with his family in Bretagne. We had planned to marry when we were in our 20s but I did not have Samantha's courage. My Frenchman was always in my heart and still is however he and my American husband died within six months of each other when they were both still very young.
Charming is the word that comes to mind first when I think of Samantha Verant’s book Seven letters from Paris. I devoured this book over a weekend car trip with my family to Vermont. First, it’s a well written and laugh out loud funny memoir. Samantha infuses the entire text with humor and a light spirit.
But while humor is a big part of this memoir, the heart of the story is self-discovery and romance. Now, romance is something that generally I’m not too keen on. Wait—hang with me for a minute. Let me explain. I think “romance” as sold in America is usually anything but TRULY romantic.
It seems to me that American culture glorifies these sort of over-the-top gestures as the pinnacle of “romance”. (I blame reality television). Think of the elaborate steps many people take to propose marriage in America. Sky-writing! Questions posed in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the jumbotron! Flash mobs!
To me, that is the very opposite of romance. Those kinds of gestures seem very American to me—all flash and show, without a lot of substance.
But this… this my friends is true romance. That it also happens to appear in the form of a handsome Frenchman is perhaps not a coincidence.
It’s taking a chance on someone.
It’s trusting yourself when you’re scared.
In a nutshell: it’s delightful.
Top reviews from other countries
Strangely, I had recently read a very similar book (reviewed last week on LisaTalksAbout) by another writer. A memoir of someone in a loveless marriage who finds love – all with a Parisian connection, so I was a bit put out by that. Obviously, this is no one’s fault. It is just a freaky-deaky coincidence. I must admit that it did make me enjoy the book less. Not because Seven Letters from Paris isn’t good – it really is – but more from the fact that I felt I was reading another writer’s version of a story I had already read. Both books were memoirs. It couldn’t be helped.
Seven Letters from Paris is a great story for the hopeless romantic, those who have been scorned by love but still believe in the magic of love. This is the kind of book that gives the loveless hope. It is enjoyable and who doesn’t love a happy ending?
Give Seven Letters from Paris a read. It is well worth it.
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