Finding Paris: A Novel
This wonderful story is a true voyage of discovery for two American women. From very different walks of life they meet at a French class. It’s the beginning of a deep friendship and the catalyst for an adventure.
It’s author Joanne Kimes’ first foray into fiction writing and a terrific debut. Readers might already know her from her popular best-sellers, Pregnancy Sucks, Dating Sucks and many other books in the “it sucks” series. She’s also a written for several children’s and comedy television shows. And she loves Paris!
In Finding Paris, Julia is a stay at home mom, totally dedicated to her teenage daughter Lily, who has left home to go to college. Empty nest syndrome has hit her badly. Despite having had a successful career before becoming a mom, she has lost her ‘reason to be’…
Kathy is a successful lawyer looking to go all the way to the top. Dedicated and professional, she has sacrificed having a life, interests and relationships in her quest for a successful career.
Unlikely friends perhaps. But they share a dream and when both suffer life changing events, they decide to follow the dream and go to Paris.
From the moment they arrive the two women plunge themselves happily into French life. As they go sightseeing they take the reader along on their journey – from climbing the Eiffel Tower to happening upon La Fete des Vendages, a wine festival which celebrates the last remaining vineyard in Paris, and Versailles.
The magic of Paris works its spell on them, and they find themselves evolving. The so different culture and pace of life gives them new perspectives and cause for reflection. Add to this mix romance and new opportunities, and nothing, they discover, will ever be the same again.
I loved this story from the very first page! Not only does the author paint vivid pictures of arguably the most beautiful city on the planet, she also tells a heart-warming tale of two women who develop a strong bond. And we, the readers are able to visit Paris from home and join them on their adventures and share in their incredible journey of discovery – of the city of light, and of themselves…
5 Stars. Highly recommended!