Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Review: French Lessons

Front Cover

*Synopsis*
"A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love, and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways.
Josie, Riley, and Jeremy have come to the City of Light for different reasons: Josie, a young high school teacher, arrives in hopes of healing a broken heart. Riley, a spirited but lonely expat housewife, struggles to feel connected to her husband and her new country. And Jeremy, the reserved husband of a renowned actress, is accompanying his wife on a film shoot, yet he feels distant from her world.
As they meet with their tutors—Josie with Nico, a sensitive poet; Riley with Phillippe, a shameless flirt; and Jeremy with the consummately beautiful Chantal—each succumbs to unexpected passion and unpredictable adventures. Yet as they traverse Paris’s grand boulevards and intimate, winding streets, they uncover surprising secrets about one another—and come to understand long-buried truths about themselves."
(from GoogleReads)

*Review*
Um...can you say "sexy"?
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up - no need for a full review - want "sexy"? read this book...
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: ) I wouldn't do that to you...here's what I think...

French Lessons was a quick quick read, even for someone with my schedule.  Set with the back-drop of sexy, sultry, and, sometimes, stormy Paris, you meet three exquisite couples.  Not ordinary couples, but students and their French tutors.
My favorite pairing had to be Nico and Josie, but Riley (the student with Phillippe) had me bursting out laughing *a lot*.  The book's premise of loss (from a lover's death to the love for your life partner and yourself) holds true throughout the novel...as well, as the sexual tension, encounters, and, um...description.  At times, I was like, "wow, you can do that?!"...and thinking I was reading some erotica, but Sussman brings everything back reminding you that it's not just sex.  It is love...just in different forms.
And the ending?  It made me smile...  The ending of each of their "lessons"?  I got closure, which is nice....I wasn't wondering - "what happens with....?" and "what's he going to do with...?"  It was all right there for the reader to see.

I'm pretty content with the book...
content...
yup, that's about it...so I give it "3 out of 4 stars"...that's fair.

~ Nay ~

**I won this Advanced Reader's Edition from Ballantine Books.  No review was asked for in return.***

1 comment:

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