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How to Make a French Family: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Faux Pas Paperback – 4 Apr 2017
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"An honest, heartwarming-and at times-heartbreaking account of the struggles that occur when you dare to make your dreams come true." - Janice MacLeod, author of New York Times bestseller Paris Letters
"Love has no boundaries inSamantha Verant'shonest and courageous memoir about leaving it all behind to marry her French husband. How to Make a French Family is a testament to her perseverance to adapt to a new life in Southwest France. In the tradition of Seven Letters from Paris, readers will laugh, cry, and cheer for Verant until the final page." - Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife"
"A charming and insightful memoir about what follows happily ever after. The fact that Samantha's quest to create a new family is set in France (and filled with recipes) makes it all the more delicious!" - Jennifer Coburn, author of We'll Always Have Paris
"How To Make A French Familyshares the ups and downs, good, bad and funny moments of building a new life and family in France, never letting us forget that in the end, love saves the day." - Kristen Beddard, author of Bonjour Kale "
"Like its author, Samantha Verant's new book is sweet and sassy, told from the heart. Her story of creating a new family and becoming a different kind of mom is brave and vulnerable. A tale of what happens when we go looking for our best lives and best selves." - Elizabeth Bard, New York Times bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence
"How To Make A French Family shares the ups and downs, good, bad and funny moments of building a new life and family in France, never letting us forget that in the end, love saves the day." - Kristen Beddard, author of Bonjour Kale
"Love has no boundaries in Samantha Verant's honest and courageous memoir about leaving it all behind to marry her French husband. How to Make a French Family is a testament to her perseverance to adapt to a new life in Southwest France. In the tradition of Seven Letters from Paris, readers will laugh, cry, and cheer for Verant until the final page." - Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of Good Chinese Wife
"Samantha Verant dishes up a funny and tender memoir in How to Make a French Family. The setup is pure fairy tale but the tale's power is in the ever-after. Verant's story is genuine, romantic, sometimes heartbreaking, and, in the end, as wonderfully satisfying and rich as the French cuisine detailed on its pages." - Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and I'll See You in Paris
"Verant combines one part second chance at romance, on part travelogue, and nearly three dozen recipes in this heartfelt account of how she reconnected with a lover 20 years after their affair and started life over in France with an instant family. " - Publishers Weekly
..".charming and witty....Verant's memoir touches on universal, real-life themes, like love, loss, and family, while mixing in plenty of delicious French flavors (and actual recipes) that make for a tasty read that's true to the heart.
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I must confess I have Samantha Verant's first memoir-but not read it yet. I wondered whether to read it first or dive straight in this new book. Could it stand alone too? I definitely think it can, you can read them in any order.
There's a really happy, bubbly feel to this. It would make a very pretty, heart warming film-but it's not just a fictional feel-good movie-it's Samantha's real life-and it makes wonderful reading. So the fairytale begins-but does it continue happily ever after? There are unexpected humorous events right after getting home from their honeymoon.
I really enjoyed this memoir combined with recipes symbolising the perfect ingredients for happy and contented family life and the spontaneous changes to those recipes along the way; the ups and downs that life throws at you. A wonderful read, a real feast of a book. I loved it all the way through, from start to finish. Love, laughter and tears-a delight to read.
In many ways Sam was lucky to become integrated into real French family life from day one and I was especially envious to read about their big family Christmas gatherings in Provence. Family aside, Sam also has to make friends, which is never easy when you are the new girl in town, but yet another thing she manages to achieve as she boldly struts out to conquer her new life. With the support of Jean-Luc, their extended family and her friends Sam is able to overcome the upsets and challenges life throws at her and her strength and determination leap from the pages.
At times this book is sad and shows her vulnerability, but at other times it’s funny and I laughed along, feeling like I was there, in her kitchen, dancing and cooking with her and daughter Elvire. It is a book written from the heart and if you’re a memoir junkie, like I am, you’ll love it.
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher.
Equally the cultural differences were a hurdle, and for a while she felt isolated despite the support of her children and her husband. The turning point occurred when she reached out and developed a small group of fellow expats, several of whom also had French spouses. Together they were able to compare experiences and to recognize that what they were feeling was totally normal, and to move forward with each other’s help.
I very much admired Vérant’s ability to cope, to see situations from all angles, to reach out to her step-children and empathize with them, and to rise to the challenges she faced as she came to feel fully comfortable and at home with her new family.
Disclaimer: I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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