- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1518 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Oblique Presse (13 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HBY90M2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paulita’s writing went straight to my head; I felt every emotion Caroline was feeling, so much so this book affected my mood even when I wasn’t reading it. This book has a great story line, moved along at a nice pace and with some added interest as it jumped back and forward from the present to her time in Aix en Provence as a nanny in the late 1990’s. This is a book I will read again and I hope Paulita is busy working on her next novel.
I was sent a copy of this book by the author.
I was so lucky to receive a signed copy of the book from Paulita .. huge Thank you,
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I highly recommend this exciting page turner. I have to admit, I was a skeptic. Running off to Europe has never entered my mind when life has gotten rocky. But who hasn't wondered, just how did I get here and where is that young vibrant person I was before all my current attachments and obligations. How did this happen. Well, Caroline has history in Europe so that made perfect sense. As a lover of memoirs this story did not disappoint. Every step, thought, feeling and event was absolutely believable, yet amazing at the same time. I laughed, I cried, I worried and I cheered. Caroline revisits who she was, and examines who she has become. She rediscovers passions left behind while rediscovering a passion for her current life.
I recommend reading other reviews, some written by authors themselves, if you are not convinced this book is worth your time. (Good Reads). Reviews so eloquently written that I enjoy reading them just for the shared enjoyment of the story. "Yes that's what I thought too" !!!
One more thing, I read the book on Kindle and went back purchased the paper back. It's a beautiful large paperback. I'm so happy to add this book to my bookshelf and it's a steal at $12.95.
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There were so many aspects of this book that I fell in love with. First, I identified with the main character. I also have a terrible passion for traveling but have not been able to do much traveling lately. Just like Caroline, I am absorbed with taking care of my family and put my needs behind. I lived vicariously through Caroline and her story. I sympathized and empathized with her and her need to re-establish herself as a woman, mom and wife. I loved the very human and real interactions that these characters had with one another. They felt like real people living real lives and I was witnessing them on their journey. I found the authors writing style to be so engaging that I lost track of time and delved into Caroline and her family’s world. That this story takes place in France was the icing on the cake. I’ve visited France many years ago, and plan to go back. The author’s vivid descriptions made me feel like I was back in France and seeing it all again.
Aside from relating to Caroline and her station in life, I thought that she was such a great character. She was complex and imperfect and very human. Aspect of this story felt like “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and “Wild” by Cherly Strayed. Just like these women, Caroline had to find herself and her way. There definitely many bumps in the road but she was ultimately able to achieve her identity. I highly recommend this book to really anyone. Anyone that loves to travel or anyone that has had the yearning to find explore and find. I wanted to hug Caroline and cry with her! This was a fantastic adventure filled with laughter, sadness and fulfillment.
One thing that she always loved in the past was travel. So Caroline decides to jump in head first. She sells the family minivan and whisks her three kids to Europe. She and the kids go on a quest.
I could relate with Caroline on some aspects. I love to travel. And there are times when everyday life gets to me. Laundry, dishes, cleaning the cat litter box—chores are never ending. When I travel I feel alive, exhilarated, and passionate. However, I’ve never traveled with three kids. I was curious about this part of the story.
Kincer pulled me into the story right from the start. I felt for Caroline. I cheered for her. And at times I wanted to talk some sense into her. And the children are wonderful characters. The youngest, Henry won me over completely. As Caroline traveled through England and then France I felt I was along the trip with them. The descriptions and short history lessons made the story come alive for me.
As the story progressed so did Caroline. She started off beaten and slowly but surely she came into her own. The evolution of Caroline as a woman is fascinating and inspiring. But can she discover what she was looking for? I won’t spoil it for you. But I will say, read the book to find out. Who knows, you may learn something about yourself.
There is a saying that ‘life is what happens when you are busy concentrating on something else’, and Caroline is really a woman who epitomizes this phrase. With a marriage that is, from her husband’s perspective, not working, and three children under 10, the daily challenges to get through a day often overtakes personal dreams and plans made when we were younger.
Getting to visit Scotland, London, Paris and Provence with Caroline as she shows the cities and countries off to her children brings a new and modern feel to those areas. With her retracing of her steps from her au pair days, we also are treated to a look back on her experiences and feelings from those years. What develops is a richly detailed tapestry, full of layers and potential, as Caroline has a choice to make, and the lure of the sort of man she once thought she wanted may just tilt her decisions.
While I often wondered at just how she managed to pack kids and head off to Europe with a loosely defined itinerary, I also was able to see that perhaps Caroline was much more passive in her life, waiting for decisions to be made for her, instead of making those choices. During her trek, she had the opportunity, and took the chance to confront that more passive approach to life, allowing herself to be subjugated and last in the equation. While not always comfortable, her growth and willingness to take accountability for the situation she is in, as well as the steps needed to make a change that will decide the next decade of her life was the perfect climax point for her story, and made the ending all that more satisfying.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for a stop with France Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.