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Verant has a great way with words; liked her tone and sense of humor. Even when her life is overwhelming, she takes it in strides and keeps some perspective. She doesn't whine or place blame on others. The writing itself was also well done.
This true story is inspirational and challenges the reader to take a chance with their own life in whatever capacity. So many charge ahead in life on auto-pilot; afraid to stir the pot, and a story like this encourages one to break out of a destructive rut. She found a gem in Jean-Luc; a blessed second chance and she fully appreciates what a gift it is.
This was a beautiful, sincere story of courage and love. Samantha knew a failed marriage, financial ruin and yet remembered a Frenchman she had briefly loved and left in Paris 20 years ago. It took courage to see if that love could be found again. She tells of the obstacles she overcame to find her true love, that same Frenchman 20 years later. The amazing thing is he was ready to love her and commit to her. There is a perfect ending to this true life romance.
This book was just so lovely. I felt joy in many moments that I shared with Samantha. The optimism that she held in her heart, and her willingness to take risks were uplifting. A love story that seems unbelievable, and yet there it is. Wonderful. Makes me smile just to think about it. My only reason for the 4 star rating is that there was a bit too much detail near the end about the wedding plans. The book drifted a bit from the details about the couple, the children, the families, and the friends. I suppose that I will read more about all of them, since there has to be another book. I must keep that hope, since I care what happens to all of them.
This was a very enjoyable read. It is easy to like and relate to Samantha. We all have a history made up of the good and bad parts of our lives. Like her, we learn and change and grow into better people because of it! Add a sexy Frenchman and very picturesque details of the places they visited and lived ....and you have a charming summer afternoon love story! Makes me look forward to returning to France where I too fell in love with Paris and all it has to offer! Please continue to write, Madam Verant!
Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir, was great fun. Samantha Verant wrote a charming true love story, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and all the many characters. I was rooting for her all through the book, it was great fun.
I knew of Samantha from her blog. For a long time she was writing her memoir and then looking for a home for it. She finally found one! I had a vague idea of what her memoir about and knew I wanted to read it when she released the book. Well, I finally got around to it.
I'm glad I did. This Valentine's Day we had a blizzard. What a perfect way to spend part of Saturday than to read about the romance. From her blog and the intro, I knew it was a happily-ever-after story. But it didn't prevent me from getting swept up in it, even worrying when Samantha faced obstacles. She wove her story very well. I rooted for her the whole time. Sometimes her man seemed too good to be true and their romance was almost unreal. But I was sucked in. I finished the book in three days.
Even with all the moral support Samantha receives, she's the hero in her own story. At 19, she walks away from an attractive man over fear and a schedule to keep. 20 years later she regrets it. Samantha's facing the lowest time her life in love, financially, and professionally. She decides to face her fears one by one. The biggest leap she makes is to fly to France and see if she still had a connection with the man she met for 24 hours who wrote her 7 love letters afterwards. I loved seeing her passion and romance with the man and France through her eyes. Then she has to decide if a wonderful trip will translate to a day-to-day relationship enough to give up her old life. I enjoyed coming along on her physical and emotional journey.