Welcome to my stop for the France Book Tour for I See London, I See France by Paulita Kincer. In addition to today’s review, I also have a giveaway where you can enter to win one eBook copy of the title! Giveaway will end at 23.59 (est) on 9 March and is open to International entrants! Please read on to find out all about this fun and funny romantic woman’s fiction title.
I think I enjoyed this story mainly because I wanted to have the courage that Caroline showed: chucking it all in and heading to Europe to just travel and escape the reality of a situation at home that feels untenable. Looking for a fresh start, yet unwilling to leave it all behind, she packs up her children and returns to a time when her dreams were fresh and potential was limitless: searching for answers to questions she hadn’t realized existed until recently.
There is a saying that ‘life is what happens when you are busy concentrating on something else’, and Caroline is really a woman who epitomizes this phrase. With a marriage that is, from her husband’s perspective, not working, and three children under 10, the daily challenges to get through a day often overtakes personal dreams and plans made when we were younger.
Getting to visit Scotland, London, Paris and Provence with Caroline as she shows the cities and countries off to her children brings a new and modern feel to those areas. With her retracing of her steps from her au pair days, we also are treated to a look back on her experiences and feelings from those years. What develops is a richly detailed tapestry, full of layers and potential, as Caroline has a choice to make, and the lure of the sort of man she once thought she wanted may just tilt her decisions.
While I often wondered at just how she managed to pack kids and head off to Europe with a loosely defined itinerary, I also was able to see that perhaps Caroline was much more passive in her life, waiting for decisions to be made for her, instead of making those choices. During her trek, she had the opportunity, and took the chance to confront that more passive approach to life, allowing herself to be subjugated and last in the equation. While not always comfortable, her growth and willingness to take accountability for the situation she is in, as well as the steps needed to make a change that will decide the next decade of her life was the perfect climax point for her story, and made the ending all that more satisfying.
Title: I See London, I See France
Author: Paulita Kincer
Published by: Self-Published
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When her husband of a dozen years walks out in a huff, Caroline Sommers walks out too – to Europe, with her kids after impulsively selling her minivan for travel money. Tired of being the perfect wife, she escapes to rediscover herself, and possibly rekindle the unrequited love of a Frenchman from her college days.
While shepherding her kids from London to Scotland then Paris to Provence, she finds herself at a crossroads. Does she choose love, or lust, in the arms of a European man, or should she try again with the father of her children and the man she truly loved, once?
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.