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A Stranger in Paris (A French Life Book 1) Kindle Edition
Aberystwyth University, 1986 – and another year of torrential rain. Bad hair days and a rugby-fanatic fiancé are part of her drab existence so who can blame Karen for falling into the arms of a handsome Parisian?
Hastening across The Channel with stars in her eyes, she speeds to the city of light only to discover that her lover is nowhere to be found. Nor what he seemed.
Life takes a turn for the better when her old school-friend Jessica makes a dramatic entrance, encouraging Karen on a downward spiral of adventure - including a brush with the Parisian underworld which places both girls in peril.
Karen’s childhood is a constant anguish reminding her that when things go wrong, not everyone has a home to return to, as the dark shadows of the past merge with her troubled French life.
Where to go, when there’s no going home?
Based on a true story, A Stranger in Paris is the first of a three-part series. This honest memoir recounts with humour and poignancy the search for love and family.
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Karen graduated from Aberystwyth University with a Degree in English Literature. She then moved to Paris, where she worked for 16 years as an English language teacher for business professionals before settling in rural South West France. With few employment opportunities other than stuffing geese or picking melons, she qualified as a licensed real estate agent.
Karen then attended Lancaster University where she graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing in 2015, after which she set up a series of Creative Writing retreats, “A Chapter Away”, inviting world famous authors, literary agents and publishers to teach aspiring novelists. Inspired by the comments of tutors on the memoir writing course, she began “A Stranger in Paris.”
Passionate about theatre, and script-writing, Karen has also written plays, several short stories and a novel – all of which are lurking in the bottom drawer. “A Stranger in Paris” is her first published work, and is the first novel of the trilogy La Vie Française.
Karen now lives in Gascony with her husband and son, and has a grown-up daughter who works in London. Much of her writing is inspired by the North West of England where she grew up, and France which became her country of adoption.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08BTDB26P
- Publisher : Impress Books; 2 edition (7 July 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1122 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
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This is a hiccupy, awkward and yet charming insight into the British abroad. There are times when you want to give almost every character a shake. The nuances of cultural difference are mountains not molehills to this young woman. Overconfident, underprepared but always optimistic, our heroine stumbles from situation to situation, slipping from the dangerous to the futile with blithe belief.
The characterisation is uneven but when it works, the personae leap of the page. Most importantly, this book conveys the pumice stone of cultural interaction.
Those were the days. It should be compulsory reading for school-leavers across the UK. The gradual acclimatisation is a joy.
Travelling changes people, almost always for the better.
You’ll enjoy this if you liked: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford or Brooklyn by Colm Toíbín
Avoid if you don’t like: Naïve young Brits, student life, cultural confusion
Ideal accompaniments: Cheap red wine, Chinese takeaway and this version of I Love Paris by Zaz.
From line two until the end I was completely absorbed and found myself able to visualise immediately the whole setting of each chapter . In my opinion this can only be achieved by an author whose manner of writing manages to humour , shock ,educate,
humble and hold ones mind completely in every moment we find ourselves in . The eloquence and honesty of this author within her story keeps one engaged and eager to explore further with her . I found myself at times to be smiling or crying whilst reading . One can relate very much to the content of this book just simply by the telling of the story . You feel you have a connection with the author as the story unfolds . I am eager to read books two and three now ........ roll on ! I am in no doubt at all that they will not dissapoint the reader . I actually feel that this should be a film and find myself wondering whom I should cast as lead lady . It would be wrong in my opinion to say it would be a humorous comedy film ......... in fact it feels to me more like the emotional way " The Full Monty " affected me . It is an intensely honest and humbling look at just quite simply a life . Karen Webb injected wonderful prose into a book which I think is brave to write . Please carry on writing Karen as you have so much to offer us readers . Thank you . Xx
Rather it is the biography (but only a couple of years) of a none celebrity woman's life.Her early 20s.
Its well written and to my mind accurate reflection of life and sex at university.Where else will someone pay you a grant to stay in bed all day with a member of the opposite sex?
Thereafter its her search for love in France. Warts are visible and its no sugar coated pill..
Enjoyable read.It's a shame it has not been picked up with some reviews on the cover to champion its merits