How to make a French Family by Samantha Verant

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

How to Make a French Family is the sequel to the best-selling 7 Letters from Paris by author Samantha Verant.

It follows the journey of American Samantha who contacts a French boyfriend she knew for one day only whilst on a visit to Paris as a young woman and whom she hasn’t seen or spoken to in 20 years. After tracking him down from her home town Chicago, she sends him an apology for not replying to the seven letters he sent her after she left Paris. During that time she’s been married and divorced and against all the odds, the Frenchman is also single. The pair discover that the sparks they felt as youths are still there and the romance is rekindled.

In How To Make a French Family Samantha is happily married and starting a new life in small town southern France.  The book follows the ups and downs of her life as she tries to learn French, making faux pas galore on the way. She also has to learn how to be a mum to two French step children – hard enough for anyone even without the language barrier. A self-confessed “determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef”, an added bonus in the book are the scrumptious recipes that give a flavour of France.

It’s a tale of ups and downs and throughout Samantha is unfailingly honest about warts and all life as a stranger in an often strange country. In places her story is very funny, at times it is desperately sad though she always picks herself up to carry on.

By the end, like me, I’m sure you’ll be rooting for Sam to be happy and fulfilled in her new life. Whatever happens, her love for Jean-Luc, her French husband, shines through and her willingness and determination to start afresh in a strange country with sometimes strange rules makes her a hugely likeable heroine.

I loved this heart warming memoir with a feel good factor ending.

Available from Amazon

Related Articles

Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

A series of of short vignettes details the lives of Keith and Val, a couple of Americans living a double life. Half the year they’re in Silicon Valley, California and the other half they spend in St Remy de Provence, France. After several years of to-ing and fro-ing, learning French, making friends and really digging […]

Continue Reading

Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell | Book review

Claude Monet, the impressionist painter is one of the most famous artists that ever lived. Many people visit his house and beautiful gardens at Giverny, in Normandy, and fall in love with the artistry present in the garden’s beauty. I, like many, associate him with his famous paintings of the lily ponds there. When I […]

Continue Reading

French Farce by Stanley George | Review

Stanley George, his wife, and two dogs Fritz and Truda took a leap into a new life in France thirteen years ago, after enjoying many holidays there. Both retired, house sold, with the world their oyster they hadn’t decided on the region they were going to live in, however they knew it would be a […]

Continue Reading

Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside (Review)

After reading Mark Greenside’s first and extremely entertaining book, ‘I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany, I couldn’t wait to start this one, and I was not disappointed! The first book tells how in 1991 a reluctant Mark agrees to visit Brittany with a girlfriend, and […]

Continue Reading

I’ll Never Be French by Mark Greenside (review)

I’ve got a new favourite author – Mark Greenside. As an English expat who has lived in France for over fourteen years, I have for decades enjoyed reading what feels like hundreds of ‘a new life in France’ type of books, however for me this one REALLY sums up life in France. It grabbed me […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top