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French Lessons by [Sussman, Ellen]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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French Lessons is elegant and evocative, and took me straight to Paris... I wanted to savor every stroll, every scene. It's a lovely, delicious novel. (Luanne Rice, author of Sandcastles)

... sizzling escapist reading. (Entertainment Weekly)

"[A] luscious novel of love and longing ... the narrative feels light as a glass of rosé at an outdoor café, but its insights carry the richness of a Burgundy (People (four stars))

What a delicious read! With sexual tension that crackles on the page, I truly couldn't put down this literary page turner. Bookclubs: bust out your calendars. This novel's going on your list. (Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief)

Charming, romantic, and brimming with Sussman's trademark joie de vivre, French Lessons is a novel to savor. (Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Love Stories in this Town)

Touching, thoughtful, hilarious, and exquisite in its observations... a perfect selection for book clubs, and an absolutely delightful read for anyone with a heart. (Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters)

...an erotic, emotionally charged novel spanning two continents....delicious reading from the first page to the last. (Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog)

Sussman makes the romance of Paris come alive... The narrative feels as light as a glass of rosé but the insights carry the richness of a Burgundy (People)

A wonderfully warm and sexy book telling the stories of Josie, Riley and Jeremy, three lonely people whose lives converge in Paris on one day...We loved it! (Bella Magazine)

Superior chick-lit, involving loss, death and disappointment, and Sussman has a natural, easy voice. (Independent on Sunday)

A light, escapist read. (Red Magazine)

With heartbreak, surprises and inner longings revealed on each page, it's perfect for getting lost in while soaking in the tub. (Weightwatchers Magazine)

With bubbling dialogue and atmospheric scene setting, this book is pure escapism. (Star Magazine)

Sussman has a natural, easy voice. (Independent on Sunday)

A delightful novel full of joie de vivre. (Woman & Home)

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A charming, romantic and emotionally charged novel set in Paris, with great praise from the US.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2282 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KRUI6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Three Americans are taking French language tuition from a language school in the city of romance, Paris, and the novel focuses on the events that happen during the course of the same one day as each of them strolls around the city speaking French with their own individual French tutor. In the short opening section of the book, we are briefly introduced to the tutors, Nico, Philippe and Chantal, and we discover a little about the history between the three of them. Then the novel consists of three separate short stories told as the day in Paris unwinds, first for Nico and his new student Josie who has suffered a loss and is on a trip alone that was meant to be for two, then Philippe and Riley, the wife and mother who is in Paris due to her husbands' job, and finally Chantal and Jeremy, who has spent the week with her whilst his film-star wife shoots a movie, and this is his last day of tuition. The novel concludes with a final short section about the tutors as they meet again at the end of the day.

More character driven than plot driven, the three students of French all have their flaws and they all have different relationship issues, doubts, or problems, and it's interesting to dip into each of their lives briefly and discover these conflicts. The novel explores different aspects of love, passion and sex, (at one point explicitly), and conveys the confusion and feeling of being lost and looking for direction in life and love.

The ultimate outcome of this day in Paris for all of them seems to be a new clarity and understanding of their situations, gained through the discussions and time spent with these strangers, their tutors. In fact this finding a moment of clarity and decisiveness is true for at least one of the tutors too.
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From the first page of French Lessons, I was completely hooked! The way the author writes is really lyrical and you can tell that she knows Paris very well. What you get from this novel is a fascinating insight into the lives of six very different characters, as you learn about the romantic threads that they each weave. I really connected with the characters, especially Josie's poignant story - I won't say how it ends, I'd hate to give anything away. After I finished reading, it just made me want to jump on the Eurostar and head over to Paris. I haven't read a book like this for ages, I just didn't want it to end!
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The story takes place over a single day in Paris and revolves around six people. The prologue introduces the reader to three French tutors; Nico, Philippe and Chantal. The tutors are three very different people who are linked by not just their jobs, but through their mixed-up personal lives too.
The story is then split into three separate sections. In the first, the reader follows Nico and his pupil Josie, we then accompany Philippe and Riley and finally Chantal and Jeremy.
The three couples wander the streets of Paris, exploring the beautiful city and finding out little pieces of each other's lives as they walk.
There is a certain air of detachment about both the story and the characters as a whole which is understandable as the whole book takes place during just one day. This is not a criticism, it only adds to the mystery of the characters and their feelings and behaviours.
One would expect a story set in Paris to be a story of romance and whilst there is certainly an abundance of fairly explicit sexual activity, this is not really a romantic read.
It is a story about loneliness and loss, of expectations and hopes and is most definitely character driven rather than a fast, action filled plot.
The three stories are very cleverly woven together, and although the character's inner most thoughts and ideas are exposed, there still remains a mystery about all of them.

The city of Paris takes centre stage in this novel, the streets, the cafes, the museums and the people are wonderfully described and brought to life.
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A charming and enjoyable read. Well written characters that draw you in to their world. On the surface some of the characters are not morally likeable but the book is so readable that you cannot pass judgement. It is like walking in someone else's shoes to understand their choices.
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Well written, with each character having their own plot arc and finding out more about themselves or their relationships as a result of their French lessons.

I enjoyed the authentic ambience of Paris and the glimpses of locations that were new to me.

Although the genre was 'romance' and I don't usually read pure romance novels, I was intrigued enough after the sample to want to read more. It is well written and, as mentioned, the character development is good so it reads more like a character-led story than a romance.
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From the minute French Lessons by Ellen Sussman was released last month this has been at the top of my to-read pile and as soon as a copy came in at my local library I had to grab it. Once I arrived home I had to start reading this delectable novel, and I could not put it down. French Lessons is as inviting as the smell of fresh espresso and pain au chocolat wafting out of a French café in Paris. I delved into this novel and couldn't stop reading, feeling almost as if I was right there on the river Seine along with the characters.

French lessons takes a look at the lives of three American's exploring Paris with their respective French tutors. Along the way they will learn about not only language but also love and loss. The storyline is split into sections focusing on each character separately. First up is Josie with her tutor Nico, who desperately wants to heal her broken heart. Then there is Riley with her tutor Philippe, who feels lost and alone in her own city, and even more lonely with her husband. And last but not least Jeremy with his tutor Chantal, who is accompanying his wife while she is shooting a film, yet he struggles to feel connected with her. As the three American's take their respective journeys through the winding streets of Paris they succumb to passion, romance and may even find a hidden truths about themselves along the way.

I have always had a love affair with France and Paris in particular, being fascinated by its elegance, romance, and language. I have always wanted to be able to speak French, and lets be honest who hasn't? (If you tell me you haven't I will either think you are lying or don't know enough about France to want to! Well French Lessons brought all this back to me and much more. I am now desperate to return to Paris!
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