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Paulita Kincer

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Paris RunAway

(women’s fiction)

Release date: June 30, 2016
at Lulu.com

ISBN: 978-1-365-18923-4
220 pages

Author’s page
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SYNOPSIS

When divorced mom Sadie Ford realizes her 17-year-old daughter Scarlett has run away to Paris all she can imagine are terrorist bombings and sex slaves. After learning her daughter chased a French exchange student home, Sadie hops on the next plane in pursuit. She joins forces with the boy’s father, Auguste, and the two attempt to find the missing teens before they can stumble into more trouble. The chase takes Sadie and Auguste to the seedier side of Marseille, where their own connection is ignited. Since the divorce, Sadie has devoted herself to raising kids and putting her dreams on hold, but when her daughter needs her most, Sadie finds that concrete barrier to life beginning to crack. In her journey, she learns the difference between watching the hours pass and living.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paulita Kincer

Paulita Kincer
has an M.A. in journalism from American University.
She has traveled to France 11 times,
and still finds more to lure her back.
She currently teaches college English
and lives in Columbus, Ohio,
with her three children, two cats and one husband.
Visit her website www.paulitakincer.com and her blog at http://www.paulita-ponderings.blogspot.com
or follow her on Twitter @paulitakincer
Like her Facebook page at Paulita Kincer Writer.
Email paulita@paulitakincer.com

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The Marseille Caper: book review. I love France #64

 

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The Marseille Caper

(Sam Levitt #2)

by

Peter MAYLE

Published in 2012, by Knopf
and Random House Audio

224 pages / 5:54 hours

Narrated by:Robin SACHS

Marseille Caper

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France 2013 Audio Book Challenge

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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I had this book on my TBR for a while, or rather TBL – to-be-listened to list. But I could not find the audiobook within my public library network. I happened to hit the jackpot recently and win an audio player at a book blog. With it came credits for a free audiobook, so I got this one.

I had read A Year in Provence, but had no idea Peter Mayle had written things akin to mysteries. The Marseille Caper is the 2nd in the series, but it can really be read/listened to as a stand alone.

This is not a complicated mystery at all, not even sure it can be classified as such, but there are definitely mystery elements to it.
Sam is invited on a special job in the South of France. How could he resist with such a location? He thinks this is going to be an easy trip with plenty of time for sun bathing and good wine. Well, things become quickly rather messy, when he has to face very rich adversaries, who won;’t hesitate on any means to get rid of the competition and win what is at stake.

I loved the adventure, the humor, there’s quite a bit, especially with the local characters. They are well defined and quite entertaining.

It was really fun reading Peter Mayle with that genre, combining thus his knowledge and appreciation of the South of France with a fun light adventure in that setting. I will definitely try volume one.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE AUDIO PRODUCTION

I had never heard the narrator Robin SACHS before, but I enjoyed his voice very much. His tone conveyed perfectly the lightness of the story and the suspense when needed. He was also very good at imitating the accents, especially English speakers speaking French.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

 Lovable rogue and sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back in another beguiling, as-only-Peter-Mayle-can-write-it romp through the South of France.

At the end of The Vintage Caper, Sam had just carried off a staggering feat of derring-do in the heart of Bordeaux, infiltrating the ranks of the French elite to rescue a stolen, priceless wine collection. With the questionable legality of the adventure—and the threat of some very powerful enemies!—Sam thought it’d be a while before he returned to France, especially with the charms of the beautiful Elena Morales to keep him in Los Angeles.

But when the immensely wealthy Francis Reboul—the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone who knows talent when he sees it—asks our hero to take a job in Marseille, it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement . . . to say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as a competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and sharklike developers on the other.

Will Sam survive this caper unscathed? Will he live to enjoy another bowl of bouillabaisse? All will be revealed—with luck, savvy, and a lot of help from Sam’s friends—in the novel’s wonderfully satisfying climax [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939 in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, A Year in Provence was published and became an international bestseller. His books have been translated to more than twenty languages, and he is a contributing writer to magazines and newspapers. Indeed, his seventh book A Year in Provence, chronicles a year in the life of a British expatriate who settled in the village of Ménerbes. His book A Good Year was the basis for the eponymous 2006 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring actor Russell Crowe. Peter Mayle currently lives in Lourmarin, situated in Luberon, in Provence, France.

 

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I love France #43: Book review: Désirée

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Désirée

by

Annemarie SELINKO

Narrated by Nicole QUINN

25:58 hours

Désirée

Published in 1951
Audiobook published by Blue Barn Productions (???) in 2012
Audiobook received via Audiobook Jukebox

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France    hf-reading-challenge-2013

New Authors 2013 2013 Audio Book Challenge

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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I know Désirée has been criticized as being a bit too romantically distanced from historical facts.

However, I was actually impressed, and once again I thought it would have been a great assignment to have to read this historical novel to accompany the numerous classes we had on Napoléon in the French cursus.

Indeed, through Désirée’s memories and journal, the format of the novel, you meet Napoléon I from the days he is totally destitute and unknown, to his rise and glory, to his military failures and death.

Désirée (Bernardine Eugénie Désirée Clary; 8 November 1777 – 17 December 1860) was his fiancée, whom he left to marry Joséphine. But her sister ended up marrying his brother, so both families remained connected, and the journals make sense.

Désirée met and married another man in the army, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. She was from the middle class, the daughter of a renowned silk merchant in Marseille. Her family was eagerly supporting the ideas and values of the French Revolution.

Thus had she to go through some deep change of mind when her husband ended up being elected as the new King of Sweden and Norway. Even more so in reality than in the book it seems, this was indeed a tough fate for Désirée, especially in a foreign country, so much colder than Marseille or Paris. Being a queen stuck in the court etiquette was not too much to her liking, and she stayed away as much as she could.

I really enjoyed listening to this almost family saga, with so many famous historical characters, and seeing how the socioeconomic values of the time were viewed and experienced by these families.

After having listened to the book, I did a bit of research, and I was stunned to discover that the current King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf is actually a direct descendant of the Bernadotte family!

If you love French history, you need to read this book.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE AUDIO PRODUCTION

I thought Nicole QUINN had the perfect voice for that type of book, with very distinct accents and tones of voice for the characters, depending on their social background. I think for instance Joséphine’s voice, both despising and cajoling, will stick with me, and I bet that was close to her real voice! She was also excellent at rendering male voices.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

The stunning, massively bestselling story of Napoleon’s first fiancé.
First published in 1951, this riveting true-life tale comes to life in diary form, giving readers an inside glimpse at the young Napoleon and his family. Désirée is enchanted by the young officer, and he asks her to marry him. But he must leave for Paris, where he meets his eventual wife Josephine. A heartbroken Désirée is unsure she’ll ever find anyone again. A love story, but so much more, Désirée is the tale of a simple merchant’s daughter who ends up with a kind of royalty she never expected: an unforgettable story just waiting to be reborn.[Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Selinko

Annemarie Selinko (September 1, 1914 – July 28, 1986) was an Austrian novelist who wrote a number of best-selling books in German from the 1930s through the 1950s. Although she had been based in Germany, in 1939 at the start of World War II she took refuge in Denmark with her Danish husband, but then in 1943, they again became refugees, this time to Sweden.

Many of her novels have been adapted into movies and all have been translated into numerous languages. Her last work Désirée (1951) was about Désirée Clary, one of Napoleon’s lovers and, later, a queen of Sweden. It has been translated into 25 languages and in 1956 was turned into a movie with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. It is dedicated to her sister Liselotte, who was murdered by the Nazis.

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