Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir

Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir

by Samantha V?rant


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Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime

At age 40, Samantha Verant's life is falling apart-she's jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck... until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she'd met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn't faded with time and distance.

Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it's the kind of crazy she's been waiting for her whole life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402297229
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 517,270
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Samantha Vérant 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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Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Seven Letters from Paris is a memoir by an American woman now living in south-western France, Samantha Verant. Moaning to her closest friend Tracey about her life’s latest terrible turns (jobless, deep in debt and her marriage on the rocks), Samantha Platt, almost forty, is reminded about a European holiday twenty years earlier, and a chance encounter with a Frenchman, Jean Luc Verant. She digs out the seven letters he sent her from Paris. And what letters they were: full of romance and promise. Letters to which she never replied…. With the wonders of the Internet, Facebook and Google, Samantha tracks Jean Luc down, apologises, twenty years late, for her lack of reply, and sends him a link to her seven-part blog describing their Paris encounter. Dare she hope for a civil reply, let alone something more? Obviously, since, in the opening passages, Samantha refers to Jean Luc as her husband, she can. But after an interval of twenty years, there are more than a few obstacles, psychological, logistical and bureaucratic, to be overcome before this true romance can properly develop from its initial spark. This is an enjoyable read: at times moving and often hilarious, with a true happily-ever-after ending.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This is Samantha Verant's memoir of overcoming a bad marriage, debt, and starting over. She decides to reconnect with an old beau who wrote her seven letters 20 years earlier. Together they begin over again together. I enjoyed this story. She's a likable person who has hit bottom. She's afraid of the future but knows she has to go back into her past for closure so she can move on. She meets the obstacles in her way, handles them, and moves on. The story flows nicely. I wanted to know what happened to her. I wanted to see her succeed. I loved the wedding cake. That is when I knew she would make it. A fun story full of courage and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book recently and thought it was good, not great. She goes on and on about how romantic the love letters were, but I thought the letters were boring. The overall story was good, but I can't say I'm in a big hurry to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable Book.
MomsSmallVictories More than 1 year ago
Oh, l’amour! I devoured this book all in one day. A love story between an American divorcee and the Frenchman she hadn't spoken to in 20 years. But there is something intense and magical about their connection all those years ago. I was mesmerized and enchanted by this book, one that made me laugh out loud, swoon and remember the importance of passion. An enchanting modern fairytale showing it's never too late to find true love, especially in France! 
KellyP1234 More than 1 year ago
Seven Reasons you will love Seven Letters From Paris. 1. Sam is one witty author. 2. The story made me laugh, sigh, and even tear up. 3. So yes, there is heartbreak, but there is much laughter and love, too. 4. Amazing story about second chances. 5. It embraces the lost art of letter writing. 6. There's a place in France where Sam likes to dance. (Maybe or maybe not) 7. I am a sucker for a real life love story.
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring memoir to help you reboot your heart! Things are really not going well for Samantha: after almost 10 years of quasi estrangement with her husband, she is faced with a major credit card debt, the impossibility to find a job aside dog walker, plus health issues to top it all. Talking with her good friend Tracey, she reminisces the close-to-paradise time they both spent in France in Summer 1989, and especially their encounter with two young Frenchmen… Jean-Luc had sent her 7 love letters, but bearing the stigma of her own dad abandoning her and her mother, she had been afraid to get too close, and had never answered. Twenty years later, maybe time had finally come to try to find him, to apologize and maybe try to reconnect? I loved the memoir Seven Letters From Paris! Yes, I really loved the way Sam hoped against all hope when life seemed at the toughest, and how she dared open her wounded heart again. This is the story of how I rebooted my life and restarted my heart. p. xi Her memoir is beautifully written, with the seven letters Jean-Luc sent her interspersed throughout the book. There is a very nice suspense and alternation between her memories of that idyllic Summer of twenty years before, and the tension of the present day: all her problems, plus the fear of the unknown. Indeed, when you have not connected with someone in twenty years, anything can happen when you finally meet again. Is Samantha still a dreamer, a teenager, or is something really possible for them again? Plus, even if things seem to be possible for them, how about diving fully into a different culture, a different language, different food and customs, not even mentioning the nightmarish paperwork attached to the omnipresent French bureaucracy! There were also of course awesome passages on France, on its architecture (Chartres, la vallée de la Loire) and its food! Though I certainly do NOT share Sam’s distaste for wild boar, and would love indeed to be able to eat some here in the US. I fondly remember when hunters of my little village would all hunt for it together and bring some that several families would share, and how my parents cooked it! Samantha had so much going against her and her heart, it’s really very inspiring to see how hard she fought, what friends and relatives she had around her to help, and how things eventually turned out for her. VERDICT: Seven Letters From Paris is a lively and very inspiring memoir witnessing to the fact that sometimes, life has better things in store for you than the best of fiction could make you dream of. French food and culture will also help! Perfect for all lovers of France and readers who need to be reminded that the sun always shines behind the clouds, how dark they may be.
kbaccellia More than 1 year ago
Everyone wishes for romance, love in their lives. What happens if you had a chance at love only to let it pass you by? Would you be tempted to see what happened to that person later on in life and better yet would you be willing to give that love another chance? Seven Letters From Paris is a memoir that has 40 yr old Samantha at a turning point in her life. She’s about to ask for a divorce when she comes across some love letters from her past. Twenty years ago, she met a handsome Parisian only to leave him at the train tracks. He wrote her 7 love letters. After Samantha comes across them she feels she needs to find him and apologize. What happens next is the stuff of fairy tales. Only this is real! Loved this amazing memoir that is the stuff of Hollywood love stories. It’s filled with memories of 1989 Paris and Samantha’s courage to go after her heart. I loved the flash backs to 1989 Paris but I also loved her journey to recapture something that had been painfully missing in her present life: passion. This love story is like a real life Disney tale complete with magic, love, and hope. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t fall in love with a handsome Parisian guy who writes love letters? There’s also friendship woven through the pages along with the support of Sam's family, even when she doubts if she’s making the right choice.  The lush France countryside is shown through the eyes of Jean-Luc and Samantha as they recapture the connection/passion they had twenty years previously. Sure there are some snags along the way but nothing some courage and hope can’t conquer. A magical romance that is sure to sweep readers off their feet as they follow Samantha on her journey of the heart.