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French Lessons

Ellen Sussman

9 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A charming, romantic and emotionally charged novel set in Paris that is the perfect summer read.

The only thing that lasts is love, even when it's gone.

Three French tutors meet at a small cafe that spills out onto the sunny Parisian backstreet of Rue du Paradis. Nico, Philippe and Chantal meet here every Wednesday morning, before leading their students along the grand boulevards, winding alleyways and sweetly perfumed jardins of the city of lights.

But today's lesson will be very different - and none of them are remotely prepared.

Josie arrives in Paris desperate, alone, and hopeful that this trip might mend her broken heart. Ex-pat Riley is a long way from home and drifting further and further away from her husband. Could Philippe provide the distraction she craves - and can she gain the courage to break free? Jeremy is the dutiful husband of his famous actress wife. While she is busy filming on the banks of the Seine, he is content playing second fiddle. Until he meets Chantal...

In the haze of a Paris summer, long-buried secrets rise to the surface and relationships are challenged. Can the lessons learned in one day change all of their tomorrows?

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Praise for French Lessons

  • A wonderfully warm and sexy book telling the stories of Josie, Riley and Jeremy, three lonely people whose lives converge in Paris on one day...We loved it! - Bella Magazine

  • A delightful novel full of joie de vivre.

  • - Woman & Home

  • A novel to savour, preferably while sipping a hot cafe au lait. - Ann Packer

  • Superior chick-lit, involving loss, death and disappointment, and Sussman has a natural, easy voice. - Independent on Sunday

  • A light, escapist read. - Red Magazine

  • French Lessons is elegant and evocative, and took me straight to Paris... I wanted to savor every stroll, every scene. It's a lovely, delicious novel.

  • ... sizzling escapist reading. - Entertainment Weekly

  • "[A] luscious novel of love and longing ... the narrative feels light as a glass of rose at an outdoor cafe, but its insights carry the richness of a Burgundy - People (four stars)

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Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the author of On a Night Like This, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller and is also the editor of two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia Of Sex and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, which was a New York Times Editors Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller. Ellen was named a San Francisco Library Laureate in 2004 and 2009. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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