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A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light ~Edited by Eleanor Brown

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Sometimes magic just happens with perfect timing!!!!

Karen Fink at Penguin Random House emailed me and asked if I would like to review A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN.  Her promo email just made me say yes.  At first I could not do the review until September and the book was being released on July 4, 2017,Karen reluctantly said that would be fine.  Then I had a cancellation,  Karen overnight-ed the book – it was destiny.

A PARIS ALL YOU OWN arrived just days before the ‘post’ date of the review and I cancelled everything to read it from top to bottom.  I wish I had time to read it again right now – it was just a lovely read; each page perfectly done and the stories just right.   I was in a state of bliss and I felt as though I had traveled to Paris myself a wish that has just not been meant to be granted for me.

From cover to cover 17 bestselling authors share their experiences of Paris and the City of Light with the reader.  Some essays are romantic, some are profound, one or two are about how awful the trip was and the writer needed recovery and return.  One historic writer told about the research that she completed to write her one story about Paris and that was fascinating.  I learned about how writers can bypass the lines and get into museums with no waiting and how important mother-daughter adventures and explorations can be at different ages.

“…with a glass of wine”

Each essay ends with a group of questions answered by the essay author and a reference to her book about Paris and a way to connect with her, along with a brief bio.  I just could not get enough and I felt like I was there – truly in the City of Light.

That one of the writer’s mentioned Kouign Amanns  (pronounced Queen Amen) was totally able to bring me to unglued! and delighted to the max because next to raspberries this is my most favorite food on the planet.  I have never been to Paris, though had a near miss one time, and I never find anyone who has eaten these buttery delights.  Oo La La!!!

“Perfect for armchair travelers and veterans of Parisian pilgrimages alike, readers will delight in these brand new tales from their most beloved authors.”

“ELEANOR BROWN is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal.  She teaches writing workshops at The Writer’s Table in Highlands Ranch, CO, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO, as well as writing conferences and centers nationwide.  An avid Cross Fit participant, Eleanor is the author of WOD Motivation and a contributor to CrossFit Journal. Born and raised in the Washington, D. C. area, Eleanor lives in Colorado with her partner, writer J.C. Hutchins.”

Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Brown Twitter:  @eleanorwrites

Just a Note:
I read a book review in Slate magazine right before I read this book.  It was for a new book destined to be a bestseller and it was 1500 to 3000 words long and took me 35 minutes to read and then check back about several references and paragraphs of the emotions shared by the writer and the book author.  I now do not feel like I ever need to purchase that book or read all 356 pages of it.  Here at Patricia’s Wisdom I want my reviews to entice you to pick up and read this book, I want you to become interested in the topic and the writing and the tale being told.  I work to limit my words to 500 about the book and connections to the author for you to explore.  I don’t want to have you not need to read the book – I just wish to be positive about someone’s “baby” and have the reader think – Yes, that is something I want to read.

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SINGING BEYOND SORROW: A Year of Grief, Gratitude, and Grace ~Carole Marie Downing

Monday, June 29th, 2015

An extraordinary personal journal of grief is translated into a book of comfort for those suffering a loss or tragedy and it holds a person/the reader up and carries them into a new stage of gratitude, faith and hope.  It does not leave out the ups and downs and it is personal and yet encompasses ideas and strategies which connect to numerous situations and it is healing.

Downing found that writing about her day- to-day experience for the year after her husband’s death from cancer assisted her in coping and understanding her emotions.  As a former Hospice Nurse studying to become a consultant to families and individuals making big changes in their lives, she found the practice of keeping a journal kept her grounded in her progress and real with the changes she needed to undertake as a widow and a single parent.

The poetry and quotes in the book are just amazing and kept this reader contemplating their relevance in her life situation.   The writing was just lovely and the organization of the journal entries were meaningful and although I was not grieving a death, I was recovering from a big surgery that is changing my life significantly;  I found reading this book to be soothing and challenged my thinking bringing a calm to my deliberations and energies.

The last section of the book is a grouping of the profound lessons Downing learned over the year.  These are things about self-care, making decisions, parenting a grieving child with bursts of big happiness, and how to keep love, gratitude and hope within reach to become a guiding light in those moments of profound darkness.

I have read a number of books about death and grief and I believe this one is one of the better resources I have encountered.   I would like to get the word out about this one because although very personal, I think it covers so many of the stages and aspects a human experiences after a death or trauma, that I believe the insights are extremely worthwhile.  Will you please share this review on other social media sites and assist me in getting the word out?  Thank you

I underlined so many wonderful statements in this book, I just need to share the whole book with people  – it is that good!

The author sent me a copy of her book and asked me to review on patriciaswisdom and I was very happy to do so, I am hoping that the word will travel far and wide.

Carole Marie Downing has a gratitude coaching practice in Portland, Oregon, sings with the Portland Peace Choir, shares life with her son and a dog named Alta.

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THE DIVORCE DIET: A Novel ~Ellen Hawley

Monday, January 5th, 2015

“I watch the last few minutes of the special on the diet industry.  A show on maximum-security prisons follows.  I’m struck by the parallels and wonder if anyone else notices them.” (location 33% on e-reader of an unproofed, uncorrected, advanced readers file)

THE DIVORCE DIET is a savory tale that turns life sweet, with all the greens and grains tossed into the mix then topped with a lovely dollop of humor and a saucy spirit.   This read is all about making personal change and is a creative self-help book based on Abigail’s life and her steps for making change and finding an authentic center.

Abigail thinks it is time to loose the baby weight and get back to some more intimacy in the bedroom.  She is sure this will perk up her marriage and make her husband happier.   The book begins with the baking of a birthday cake, which will make your mouth water, the preparing candles in the bedroom, and starting to read her new Natural Diet tome.   Thad comes home late, dinner is nearly ruined and he just plays and mushes the cake.

The diet book is full of tasteless uninviting recipes; it also contains the steps which are involved in all change and Abigail follows the rules. The amazing thing is that she develops her own Diet guru in her head. It reminds me of “Bridget Jones Diary”.  Her choice of personal exercises just kept me laughing all the way through.

While still weeping the pain of separation, Abigail begins the next step on the diet journey by making a list of her strengths and weaknesses; the wheels of her mind begin creating the list and this propels a brainstorming list she can study and refine into her best future.
Revenge has great promise and yet reinventing the self may just provide a yummy success, which is sweeter. In THE DIVORCE DIET the change is expressed deliciously with humor and just the right spices of sorrow and joy.  At the end, Abigail has lost 170 pounds (of husband) and found a satisfying life for herself and baby Rosie.

I highly recommend this book to any reader who wishes to make a change in their life, including losing weight!, or to find success in Resolutions of the New Year, and of course  that someone who likes to laugh at sadness, enjoy good story telling, and celebrate change and the experiences of life.

I send thanks to TLC Book Tours for adding me to the list for this great and fun read. And I extend thanks to Ellen Hawley for the wonderful read to start off the 2015 schedule.  How lucky am I!

Don’t forget to read the acknowledgements because the recipes are included!!

From Amazon:  About the Author
Ellen Hawley is the author of the novels Open Line and Trip Sheets. Her short fiction and essays have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She has worked as an editor and copy-editor, a talk show host, a cab driver, a waitress, a janitor, an assembler, a file clerk, and for four fun-filled hours, a receptionist. She has also taught creative writing. Hawley is a native New Yorker who lived in Minnesota for two decades but now resides in Cornwall.

www.ellenhawley.com
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