Seven Letters From Paris
by Samantha Vérant
Release date: October 7, 2014 at Sourcebooks
Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime
At age 40, Samantha Vérant’s life is falling apart-she’s jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck… until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she’d met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn’t faded with time and distance.
Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it’s the kind of crazy she’s been waiting for her whole life. [provided by the publisher]
Reading my blog you are fully aware of my preference to tragic, painful love stories. I know, terrible. You might call me a cynic when it comes to love, but deep down inside there is hope, hope in happily ever after, happenstance, love at first sight…all the saccharine wants we all dream of in matters of the heart.
Vérant successfully turned this cynic into her biggest fan. Seven Letters From Paris is a beautiful love story. The best part of this story, it’s a love story involving not just one love story but two. The first part is Samantha realizing what prevented her from allowing herself ‘to love’ and ‘be loved,’ Reading of her trials and tribulations, her courage and her ‘aha’ moment when she discovered the root cause of her fear of love was touching. Witnessing her growth, her avoidance set aside, her hesitancy and concerns – no doubt we could relate to her, at least I could. Her ability to finally let go and love completely, take the risk as well as release her fear, relinquish her heart made the reunion with Jean-Luc even more tender.
The second best part, of course, was connecting with Jean-Luc after twenty years. A whole lot of life in between, having timing on your side, and the biggie her realization and personal growth shows serendipity had other plans. Their love story is inspiring and from what Vérant generously shared, these two belong together with all certitude. Touching was their slow and easy progression to reignite a flame never really extinguished. The most cynical of people couldn’t help but be swept away and cave to this beautiful story of two people separated but never really apart, at least not in their heart and soul.
A fluke at its best in the romance between Samantha and Jean-Luc, lovely tale of two deserving people. I wish you two all the happiness in the world forever. You are to be envied and emulated.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict,
a self-professed oenophile,
and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef.
Over the years, she’s visited many different countries,
lived in many places, and worked many jobs
— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her.
Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for:
a passion for the written word and true love.
Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France,
where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989, but ignored for 20 years.
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