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French By Heart: An Amerian Family's Adventures in La Bella France

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

    Perfect Combination of Comedy and Culture

    French by Heart by Rebecca S. Ramsey is a perfect combination of culture and comedy. As you read, you follow the Ramsey family during their 4 year residence in France. You can laugh along with them as they face challenges such as nosey neighbors, confusing bank-doors, and funny looks when children run bare-foot in the yard. It's great insight of how life is for foreigners in the prestigious country of France.
    The purpose of the book is to give the public a day to day look at the life of an all- American family moving to a new country, along with their three children. The theme is generally to take a risk, and try to accomplish your dreams no matter what it takes to accomplish them. The author displays this in an up-beat and fun manner, leaving the reader with many of smiles and laughs along the way. Along with funny stories and inside jokes, the book gives many of facts about French culture, hidden among the memories the author chooses to share.
    It is an ideal book for young adults studying the French language or interested in another countries culture. Instead of getting a standard book of facts thrown at them they are exposed to real life, and solid truth. Things that go unmentioned in text books are major factors in the story, such as the lack of closets in France, French hostility to Americans, and the many unacceptable topics during small talk, even among friends.
    The book leaves the reader with just enough information to satisfy them without dragging the story on to include irrelevant and minor details. Rebecca Ramsey does an amazing job at reliving her French adventure through her writing, and I will definitely be picking up another one of her books, if she creates another. It is definitely a good read, and well worth the time it takes to settle down into the world of La Belle France and enjoy the show.

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