Monday, February 16, 2015

Book review of We'll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn


It's Monday and I thought I'd share a memoir with you, so here is my review for We'll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn.

French Village Diaries book review We'll Always Have Paris Jennifer Coburn memoirFrom the beginning this book was so much more than the mother/daughter travel memoir I was expecting. Jennifer includes plenty of entertaining accounts of their trips to Europe, but also writes openly and honestly about her fears and anxieties, something that stemmed from losing her father when she was only 19. The many flashbacks to her youth, interspersed throughout the book, gave an insight as to why making memories and travelling with her daughter Katie was so important to her, even though they didn’t have an endless budget. They start with Paris, when Katie is 8, but that is only the beginning of their fun adventures. Every few years the bug bites them again and they jet off together taking in London, Italy, Spain and Amsterdam, but Paris will always be somewhere they want to return to.

This cleverly written memoir is very moving in places but Jennifer's amusing anecdotes also had me smiling, especially where they find things in Europe can be rather different to in America. They seemed to have such fun together and enjoyed being silly it was a privilege to be there with them. Sometimes teens can be moody and very embarrassed, but it seems their time together obviously had a calming effect on Katie and she was able to let go and have fun.

This is a very readable book and perfect if you love entertaining memoirs.

We’ll Always Have Paris is available in paperback and ebook format and if you are quick the ebook format is currently reduced to only £1.98.

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