This is a cute, well-written story. Humorous, light and entertaining.
The storyline best answers the question: Is the life Claire has settled for the one she really wants? Which one will she choose in the end?
There is a spattering of French words interspersed throughout the book, but don't let them bog you down. The author does a great job of working them in so that you know completely what they mean. And the French language only adds charming flavor to Adrien's character. A Frenchman DOES speak French, after all.
This is a fun read with an intriguing back-story of an old lady, Mademoiselle, who for all intents and purposes, becomes Claire's mentor post-obit.
This book only rates an "ok" with me. I will say that it was well written and interesting. However, it wasn't so amazing as to captivate me. Several times, I found myself setting this book aside and not picking it up again for several weeks. I got a little more into it after the second half. The ending left me thinking, "That's it?!". I would have enjoyed the book continuing on - or atleast offering a final chapter set in the future. I would recommend it when you want some light reading where there is the possibility to be interrupted.
This was such a fun read! I loved the way she had to deal with her feelings on a flawed relative, her self-image, and the guy back home. Ms. Mitchell treated them all with compassion, but still makes the character confront the issues. Nicely done!
from the back cover:
Claire Le Noyer, 29, wants a do-over. She wants a life where she majors in history, not accounting. Where she takes 2-hour lunches, not 10 minutes in front of her computer. Where her pastor boyfriend treats her like an attractive woman he's deeply in love with, not like a nice pet dog.
But for now, she's a Seattle numbers-cruncher with a wardrobe from REI sent to fashionable Paris to check out an apartment left to her father by a mysterious cousin. When her childhood crush -- handsome, pleasure-loving and very French Adrien -- introduces her to the City of Lights, bearnaise sauce and romance. . . Claie must answer will she ever learn to enjoy the life God has placed right in front of her?
-- an enchanting, funny romance full of faith and joie de vivre . . .very enjoyable!
This book is haunting me...I cannot go through my days without thinking about it at least 10 times. I stayed up late to read it several nights ago and now I find myself going back and re-reading parts of it.
The relationship between Claire and Adrien was interesting and wonderful. It made me stop to think that what 'we' (I'm generalizing here) think of being a Christian is so pre-conceived. She made me think outside 'my' box.
It's the first book I've read by this author. However it definitely won't be the last!
Loved it! I had read another book by this author and had not enjoyed it, but thought I would give her another try and I'm so glad I did. This book is funny and entertaining yet it also makes you think about several things...your choices in life, your faith, your calling. One point that I think will stick with me forever was when Adrien called Claire a snob during a discussion of their faith. Too often, I think that Christians do get caught up in that mindset that "I'm a Christian, my sins aren't as big as yours, I would never do that" and we become judgmental when we have no reason to be. This story also reminds us that Christians can have fun and be passionate about life and love without compromising our faith. Highly recommended.
Where do I begin. This book is so different, the writing style is so different, so much more in depth. This is one crazy chic, but I feel in love with the story very soon. I hated the abrupt ending, but was able to write the rest in my head, so all is good now. loved how the city was written about, felt like I was there and would love to go visit now. I really did love it!