Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Paris in Love
“Paris in Love”, by Shakespearean professor and romance novelist, Eloisa James, is a wonderful little gem of a book. Using short vignettes or Facebook-like posts, it tells the story of Eloisa’s family’s sojourn to Paris for a year. There are a few longer “posts” and a recipe or two as well.
The book is easy to read as it meanders through the year of living Parisian, describing all the lovely little things one imagines about actually living and setting up residence in the City of Light. I also love it when authors try to crack the famous Why are French Women so Attractive Code and Eloisa James gives us some interesting insights. The post about her Italian husband’s gift to her of a French bra with a sewn in locket made my heart sing with joy. Parisian women love lingerie!
But I also enjoyed the stories about her children’s adaptation to Parisian schools, their visits to museums and the French shops, and their kindly acquaintance with a nearby homeless man. The stories are like little pearls, smoothly gliding down a silken thread until sadly, the last one passes through. I simply did not want the book to end!
I enjoyed visiting with Eloisa James and I almost want to send her my own tea cup in gratitude for the satisfying visit. My gift would be the solitary unbroken one, from one woman to another.