What a beautiful and delightful tasting menu of a book: the kids, the plump dog, the Italian husband. Reading this memoir was like wandering through a Parisian patisserie in a dream. I absolutely loved it! - Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
PARIS IN LOVE chronicles one joyful year in which a woman literally leaves her worries behind and runs away to one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, albeit with her husband and tow teenaged children in tow. Eloisa James had lived vicariously for years through the heroines of her bestselling historical romances. But after a year of life-changing events , she decides it is time to live someone elses life so she sells her house, takes a sabbatical from her university job, and moves her family to Paris to focus on the ordinary pleasures of life - cooking, playing, squabbling as a family - but in one of the most beautiful and romantic cities on earth.
James soon abandons her grand plans to write four books and instead falls under the spell of the nearby boulangeries, where the smell of baking bread feels like a welcome and flirtations with the local butcher. Her Italian husband, Alessandro, attempts to perfect his imperfect French; fifteen-year-old son, Luca, strikes out in search of a local girlfriend; and precocious Anna, eleven, plots against a school yard nemesis while nursing a resentment for all things Parisian (barring chocolates and the macabre rat-catchers shop).