A riveting and poignant novel of one woman's journey to Bali in search of love, renewal, and a place to call home - perfect for readers of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Alex Garland's The Beach.
It starts as a trip to paradise. Sent on assignment to Bali, Jamie, an adventure guide, imagines spending weeks exploring the island's lush jungles and pristine white sand beaches. Yet three days after her arrival, she is caught in Bali's infamous nightclub bombings, which irreparably change her life and leave her with many unanswered questions.
One year later, haunted by memories, Jamie returns to Bali seeking a sense of closure. Most of all, she hopes to find Gabe, the man who saved her from the attacks. She hasn't been able to forget his kindness - or the spark between them as he helped her heal. Checking into a cosy guest house for her stay, Jamie meets the kindly owner, who is coping with a painful past of his own, and a young boy who improbably becomes crucial to her search. Jamie has never shied away from a challenge, but a second chance with Gabe presents her with the biggest dilemma of all: whether she's ready to open her heart.
Praise for French Lessons:
'A wonderfully warm and sexy book ... we loved it!' Bella.
'A delightful novel, full of joie de vivre'. Woman and Home.
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.