Lunch in Paris

I wish the title of this post was referring to what I spent my day doing today - I'd LOVE to have had lunch in Paris!!  It wasn't in the cards today, though - so I had lunch in Le Sueur instead. 

Still French, just not as exciting.  

What the title really refers to is the most recent book I finished - Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard.  Although it doesn't tell the story of my life, it does tell the story of hers! 

This book had everything a quick read should have - a funny narrator, international travel, a love story and an amusing cast of characters.  Is it necessarily going to win any awards for being the most successful epic drama of the 21st century?  No, not really.  But was it an enjoyable book to read that made me smile to myself?  Yes, absolutely.

It did teach me something, though.  Something that I maybe would rather not have learned.  I need to stop reading books about Paris.  Really, about France in general.  I've read tons of them and each time I get nostalgic for la vie francaise and I really do get semi-depressed while reading them, even though I love them!

I guess it's time for me to book a flight to France.  Maybe I'll write a book about my vacation while I'm there.  (A book which I certainly would not be able to read once I arrived home, because it would make me far too sad to no longer be there).

I suppose none of this rambling really has anything to do with a review of the book.  So, here are my thoughts.  

I loved the setting, I loved the characters and I loved the story.  While it may have been a bit cliche (or maybe a lot), the fact that it is the actual story of Elizabeth's life makes the cliches ok.  The recipes were mouth-watering, and I loved that they all went directly in line with the story being told.  We read about a meal being made and we got the recipe at the end of the chapter - I've marked a couple that I'll be trying out :) 

This book isn't going to change the world, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read and anyone who's aching to go to Paris (but be warned, while reading this book you may find yourself on delta.com at 2 am looking up how expensive flights are.  Perhaps several times.)

Have you read it?  Does it sound like something you'd like?  Do you want to pay for me to go to France? haha - I'm hoping you got used to saying yes and that I tricked you into yes number three :) 

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