Reading a book can transport you to another city, country, time or place. It is not always possible to take a trip but, ten minutes with a good book can do wonders. Kirsten and are both reading an amazing book set in France and it got us talking. When done properly, France becomes a character on its own. The wine, the food, the culture, and the architecture can all transport you to one of the most cultured countries in the world. We put together a list of 13 books that will help you escape to France of today and years past. We hope that you will enjoy these books as much as we did.
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Monsieur Perdu is a literary apothecary who has a bookshop floating on the Seine. When he reads a letter, his life changes and he hauls the anchor. This boat trip to the south of France is a trip of healing and finding love. Where better to do that than in France?
Paris is the perfect setting for a story about love, loss and finding happiness. Moving between Great Britain and France, this romantic fiction will take you away. Look for this book August 7th.
The story takes place during WWII in occupied France. This incredible book tells of a blind girl whose father has made her a scaled model of Paris as her map of the city to help her survive and a German boy.
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Hugo Cabret is an orphan boy living in a Paris train station. Half the book is written with words and the other half uses stunning illustrations to tell Hugo’s tale. As Hugo navigates through the station setting the clocks, he attempts to unravel the mystery his father has left behind. This book will transport you.
Medieval Paris and the Notre-Dame Cathedral- these are the backdrops of this classic novel. This book provides such a vivid description of Paris, it is sure to take you away. I admit that I did read the abridged version.
France is synonymous with fashion. No one is more iconic than Coco Chanel. This historical fiction encompasses Chanel’s life from childhood in rural France to her life in Paris before, during and after WW11.
In this second book in the Outlander Series, Claire and Jamie find themselves in the French court of Charles Stuart in an attempt to stop the Culloden uprising. While the entire book is not set in France, the change is a huge contrast to Scotland.
This story takes place in different provinces of the world, but to the change in Paris during wartime and then after from a foreigners perspective was very intriguing.
When Grace receives an inheritance from an unknown woman, she sets off to discover who the mysterious benefactor is. The story moves from New York to Paris, London to Monte Carlo as Grace learns about Eva (a woman who inspired some of Paris’s greatest perfumes).
This is an amazing book that takes place in France in both the present and in the 1940’s. Kate is studying for the Master of Wine examination and returns to her families vineyard in Burgundy to reconnect with French wine. The visit uncovers a family history that she could never have imagined. I feel the need to take a wine tour!
This is the story of Marianne who decides that it is never too late to change your life. Food and friends in Brittany…I am hungry already. This is such a lovely story set in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
This is the story of two sisters in war-torn France during WWII. It is an unforgettable and beautiful story. Vianne and Isabelle struggle to survive. Vianne’s husband is away at war and a German officer is stationed in her house. Isabelle joins the resistance and is risks her life for others despite the risk. This is a truly remarkable book set in a hauntingly beautiful backdrop.
I absolutely love this book. Interspersed between the ultimate story of revenge is the landscape of France in the post-Napoleonic era. I have read both the abridged and the unabridged version of this book. Both are wonderful but, be aware that the unabridged version is more than 500 pages.
PSST. Can we also recommend an Escape to Cornwall?