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Well, wow. Samantha Verant is living in her own romantic movie. Who manages to reconnect with a past love, whom lives in a whole other continent, after twenty years and have it all work out? This is exactly what happened for the author of Seven Letters from Paris. She lived the freaking fairy tale. I’m not going to lie, this is the fairy story I have always wanted to have…except for the living twenty years apart…but all the other stuff, I am totally on board with.
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.
Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir by Samantha Verant is available now.
A book that captured me from the start, not just for bringing forth my own memories of falling in love in Paris but because of the sheer romance of the tale. The letters themselves were stunning and it was amazing to read of such a profound love.Loved the style of writing. Thank you Sam x
This true story by Samantha Vérant tears along in a light-hearted manner even when the narrator, Samantha, is in the throes of despair, despondent in her marriage, and at a loss for what to do to fix her life. The Seven Letters are from a young man she met in Paris 20 years earlier at a time when she was afraid to open her heart, and unable to believe that anyone could care for her so much that after a 24-hour romance, he could write such beautiful, soulful, love letters to her, Samantha.
There is a constant theme throughout the book that this is a re-telling of the story of The Princess and the Frog; and certainly, it is a fairy tale story, almost too good to be true. If I believed that all frenchmen were as romantic and loyal as Jean-Luc, I might just hop a flight to Paris. Samantha's story is a dichotomy: on the one hand, she is trapped in a marriage with an angry man and can't bring herself to say to him, "This is wrong, don't treat me like this!", and on the other hand, she had walked away from a sweet, gentle, caring man and never answered his letters. Is it possible that Sam can make the right decisions and have the courage to open a door to the past and change her future? Apparently, yes. With the help of a supportive family and friends, and the love of Jean-Luc, Sam can turn her life around, deal with the debt she's accrued, surmount any and all roadblocks, and have a future she didn't believe she deserved.
Bold moves are required, risk-taking, and a belief in signs, as well as the realization that she can take steps to control at least part of her life. A quick read, full of beautiful imagery, tender rebuilding of a life, and the belief that every princess can find her frog/prince!
I found this dull despite all the things going on in the author's life. It was like reading someone's diary. The people are one dimensional, seldom introduced or described as they would be in a fiction piece. The situations that would have been charged with emotion were - apart from those related to raging new love and plentiful sex - all just very flat. Samantha, I am glad your life turned out well but the story but was not worth paying for!