Tag Archives: France

Fire In The Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

Written in 1941, Fire in the Blood is a novella examining the lives of rural French villagers – contrasting the passions of the young with the notable absence of those same passions in the old.  It was an interesting premise, but … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

The Devil’s Cup: A History of World According to Coffee is part travel memoir, part history book as author Stewart Lee Allen travels the globe looking for the history of coffee and it’s influences on the world.  Allen visits Ethiopia, … Continue reading

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Bon Courage by Ken McAdams

Subtitled Rediscovering the Art of Living in the Heart of France, McAdams pens an interesting and honest memoir of a newly married couple renovating a home in a French mountain village. I was surprised at some of the poor reviews on … Continue reading

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In A Dark Wood Wandering by Hella Haasse

According to the Goodreads description of this book: “This novel exemplifies historical fiction at its best; the author’s meticulous research and polished style bring the medieval world into vibrant focus. Set during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), the narrative creates … Continue reading

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An Officer And A Spy by Robert Harris

Based on the true life “Dreyfus Affair,” An Officer and a Spy is a historical fiction account of a man falsely convicted of treason in 1895 Paris.  In the aftermath of a defeat to the German army, France finds itself outraged … Continue reading

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The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker

When the book opens, Lydia Dean, receives a rare walk-in client to the London auction house in which she works.  Major Phillip Manners presents a piece of rock with a painting of a bull on it, they both understand this … Continue reading

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Five Quarters Of The Orange by Joanne Harris

The author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, presents a mesmerizing work of historical fiction with Five Quarters of the Orange.  Framboise Simon (nee Dartigen) returns to her home village in France to set up an eatery using her mother’s recipes.  The … Continue reading

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