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July 27, 2014

A LADY IN FRANCE by Jennie Goutet

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A Lady in France

a Memoir
Jennie Goutet
Tulip Clip ArtAt seventeen, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly—teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York. When God calls her, she answers reluctantly, and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Serendipity takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, works with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa, before settling down in France and building a family. Told with honesty and strength, A Lady in France is a brave, heart- stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds—and hope that stays in your heart long after it’s finished.
Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494400987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494400989

Purple Flower 4 Clip ArtJennie GoutetAbout the Author

Jennie Goutet blogs at A Lady in France, and has published a memoir under the same name, as well as the illustrated children's book Happy People Everywhere. She is a contributing author to Sunshine After the Storm - A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, and was a BlogHer Voice of the Year pick two years running. Her writing has also appeared in Huffington Post, Queen Latifah's website, and BlogHer, among other places. She lives just outside of Paris with her husband and three children. 
Daffodil Clip ArtMs. Goutet's writing grabs you the moment you open the book.  A magnificent journey to France, Asia, Africa, New York and then back to France. The story immediately starts with devastation.  Deep losses in t he heart and so many challenges, but those challenges are also an inspiration.   Mr. Goutet tells how her discovery of faith led her through everything and gave her a new strong faith.
 The author adds some humor.  The reader can be a part of the young, unconfident Jennie.  Off course, she is a twenty year old know it all and she is quite cocky..  You can also relate to the mature woman that Jennie becomes.  Her faith in God gives her strength.  She becomes more sure of herself as she becomes a mother.

The story has verses from the Bible and shows Jennie's faith in God.  the book doesn't offend those who are not Christians.  Her faith in God leads her through her life but it's her writing that brought out the beautiful places that she lived, worked and travelled to.  She met many people in her travels that made quite a difference in Jennie's life.  God and her faith truly guides her writing. The book shows how faith can help bring you through many difficult times.  The author wrote this book not only for Christians but for those who have no faith too.  It's a book you can read without feeling you are being preached to.  That can turn a lot of people off.   The verses from the Bible can be very inspiring to all who read the book.  You don't have to believe in a certain "God".  There are many people who believe but believe in a different way, to a different entity.  That doesn't make them wrong and it doesn't make those who believe in God wrong.  I believe it's just having faith in our hearts and believing.  In her travels you will journey through many countries and learn about a lot of different people.
I was given a complimentary a complimentary copy of A LADY IN FRANCE from the author, Jennie Goutet and BookCrash for my view of the book,  No other compensation took place.
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1 comment:

Lady Jennie said...

Thank you for your gracious review, Gayle. :-)