How To Make A French Family: A Memoir Of Love, Food, And Faux Pas by Samantha VerantHow To Make A French Family: A Memoir Of Love, Food, And Faux Pas by Samantha Verant

How To Make A French Family: A Memoir Of Love, Food, And Faux Pas

bySamantha Verant

Paperback | April 4, 2017

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Say bonjour to a whole new way of life!Take one French widower, his two young children, and drop a former city girl from Chicago into a small town in southwestern France. Shake vigorously? and voila: a blended Franco-American family whose lives will all drastically change.Floating on a cloud of newlywed bliss, Samantha couldn't wait to move to France to begin her life with her new husband, Jean-Luc, and his kids. But almost from the momentthe plane touches down, Samantha realizes that there are a lot of things about her new home-including flea-ridden cats, grumpy teenagers, and language barriers-that she hadn't counted on.Struggling to feel at home and wondering when exactly her French fairy tale is going to start, Samantha isn't sure if she really has what it takes to make it in la belle France. But when a second chance at life and love is on the line, giving up isn't an option. How to Make a French Family is the heartwarming and sometimes hilarious story of the culture clashes and faux pas that , in the end, add up to one happy family.
Samantha Verant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. She lives in southwestern France, where she's able to explore all of her passions, and where she's married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met in 1989, but ignored for twenty years.
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Title:How To Make A French Family: A Memoir Of Love, Food, And Faux PasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.85 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492638498

ISBN - 13:9781492638490

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from An okay read, but nothing extraordinary 2.5 stars Meh. This was a cute, easy read but it didn't blow me away. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting thought-provoking reflections on life as an expat and being a stepmother but the author has a very simplistic way of writing that made most of this book come across as pretty superficial. To be fair, I haven't read Samantha Verant's first memoir, Seven Letters From Paris, so I didn't go into this book with much context or an established connection to the author. Maybe if I'd read Seven Letters first I would have been more invested in this story.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written memoire Having read, Samantha Verant's first memoir, I I was excited to read her follow-up. It does not disappoint. After reconnecting with the man she met 20 years before in Paris, she relocates to a small town in southwestern France, near Toulon. She describes challenges she face, from becoming a stepmother to two young children, navigating the French bureaucracy to establish residence. particular poignant are her attempts to have a child of her own.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Summer Read! "How To Make a French Family" is set in picturesque southwest France and gives honest details of the author's second chance at happiness. We cheer Verant on in her new life, as she dives into marriage with a charming Frenchman, whom she met 20 years earlier. In a heartbeat, she becomes a wife, a step-mom, an ex-pat immersed in a new and often overwhelming culture... and a whiz in the kitchen. We empathize with the author's situation (partly because sometime you feel like you are reading a diary) all the while wondering how would we react if encountering all of these circumstances ourselves. Although there are many books about France on the market at the moment, Verant has set her story apart by taking it one step further: including treasured family recipes, the meals over which her new French family bonded. The occasional tidbit of touristy information was valuable as well. Verant's light, conversational style of writing easily carries the reader along on her many adventures. She speaks from the heart (sadly heavy-hearted at times); has showed firsthand that humour, perseverance and great food (and the occasional band-aid) make the difficult times manageable. She is inspirational yet realistic in her search for the beauty in every moment, in everyday life. Thank you for the reminder! The story was at times bouncy, almost as if you were sitting across from Verant, both cheerfully sipping red wine as she retells her stories. Because of this, I found that having read her previous memoir, "Seven Letters From Paris" helpful in understanding her back-story more fully. Although not necessary, for added dimension, reading Seven Letters is recommended. I am excited to try out her recipes (yes, even Tuna Noodle Casserole) and to read what family adventures Verant writes about next.
Date published: 2017-01-25