A lot of fun motivation and blogging interaction en francais!
I surpassed the summer goal of 20 July 21st
But does the trouble stop there...? The friends aren't there to meet her arrival as planned and as a new arrival in Paris, she's in unfamiliar territory. The artist community is central to this Molly Murphy mystery series. A Paris in July read that familiarized me with Paris streets , city layout and arrondissements I found helpful in further Paris themed reading.
Picturesque descriptions of the author and wife's adventures whilst living with the locals in Provence. Mayle's writing details prevailing work and life attitudes of the French extremely different from their own, food and drink habits, driving distractions, guest visits and expectations of British and European nationals, all written with an overarching humour well conveyed by Mayle's personable narration.
A pleasure to discover and inhabit for the length of the recording
and ensuing visual responses to life in France.
As a Paris in July read,
numerous examples of French language spoken by hotel management and guests was a surprise that piqued my interest and some research of French language usage in Switzerland and this area of Lake Geneva.
Pregnant Bella is given a choice: Go to Atlanta and give up her child for adoption or leave town and raise her child on her own. She travels to California settling in Santa Monica at the recommendation of a fellow coach traveller. Her recently widowed landlady is the perfect counterpart for Bella, helping her through pregnancy and birth. Determined to make her way in the world and return to Willow Bend on her own terms, Bella puts all her energies into building a successful business together with her landlady. Definitely a tribute to women's friendships, it was a positive read.
Young Russell Champion was betrayed by the two most important women in his life. Russell returns home a changed man, but can he prove it to those he loves most?
And his willingness to act on his feelings made me a cheerleader.
Emily Derracott values her childhood friend Thomas McGinnis, but she cannot marry a man who doesn't share her strong convictions about the freedmen. The prospect of becoming his wife is not only improbable,it is completely impossible, despite her mother's manipulations. The plight of the freedmen vs political opposition was strongly represented and well researched. I learned much about plantation owner farming situations and murders at the hands of KKK actions. Thankfully, a satisfying conclusion to this insightful story. And a delight to read a story by an expat living in Lyon France for our #ParisinJuly theme for this month! Elizabeth's Lemon Filled Coconut Cake is a sure winner for any patisserie lover [recipe included] Merci Elizabeth!
High Summer ReadaThon, discovering the solution to this captivating Regency mystery novel. Looking forward to more of this series; I always anticipate enjoying Sarah Ladd's writing...
Very thorough coverage of mentoring to pass on to others the value of
what one has learned, experienced and knows. One's attitude plays an important role.
That fact is otherwise overlooked in other similar resources.
An excellent guide of awareness and prevention of faux pas
for anyone planning to visit or to relocate.
My Jane Austen interests are taking over the readijng shelf!