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August 1, 2017

An Excellent Read: Whispering in French by Sophia Nash

Review by Susan Roberts

"In a night sky salted with stars, the waxing moon unspooled its light over the jet's wing. Inside, disconnectedness settled over the passengers of the Air France night flight to Paris. And in those murky hours after the food carts lurched down the aisles, the die-hards began a third film, exhausted infants surrendered to sleep, and the travelers in business class retreated ever further into the luxury of elbow-room anonymity." p. 3

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Whispering in French
August 2017; William Morrow; 978-0062471789
ebook, print (384 pages); women's fiction
I absolutely love reading books about France and this book was excellent.

Kate is an interesting main character – even though she is a psychologist trying to help her patients with life problems, her personal life is a mess and she doesn’t see much hope for her future.

She is divorced, estranged from her teenage daughter, has a mom she doesn’t get along with and is on her way to France to encourage her grandfather to sell his huge crumbling family villa.

He is in poor health and deeply in debt and she thinks that the only way to help him is to sell the home that has been in their family for centuries. As soon as she fixes everything in France, she can go back to America.

Life has a way of changing even the best of plans and the small-town village people and her memories of the wonderful summers that she spent at the villa make her re-think her plans. Will she be able to forgive herself and learn to live life to the fullest in France or will her self-doubts make her return to her unhappy life in America?

Take a trip to rural France in Whispering in French and find out how Kate decides to live the rest of her life.

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About the Book:

Home is the last place Kate expected to find herself…

As a child, Kate Hamilton was packed off each summer to her grandfather’s ivy-covered villa in southern France. That ancestral home, named Marthe Marie, is now crumbling, and it falls to Kate—regarded as the most responsible and practical member of her family—to return to the rugged, beautiful seaside region to confront her grandfather’s debts and convince him to sell.

Kate makes her living as a psychologist and life coach, but her own life is in as much disarray as Marthe Marie. Her marriage has ended, and she’s convinced that she has failed her teenaged daughter, Lily, in unforgiveable ways. While delving into colorful family history and the consequences of her own choices, Kate reluctantly agrees to provide coaching to Major Edward Soames, a British military officer suffering with post-traumatic stress. Breaking through his shell, and dealing with idiosyncratic locals intent on viewing her as an Americanized outsider, will give Kate new insight into who—and where—she wants to be. The answers will prove as surprising as the secrets that reside in the centuries-old villa.

Witty and sophisticated, rich in history and culture, Sophia Nash’s novel vividly evokes both its idyllic French setting and the universal themes of self-forgiveness and rebuilding in a story as touching as it is wise.

About the Author:

Sophia Nash’s novels have won almost two dozen national awards including the prestigious RITA Award and two spots on the American Library Association's “Top Ten Romances of the Year.” Sophia was born in Switzerland, raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave. Before pursuing her long held dream of writing Historicals, Sophia was an award winning television producer for CBS, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook.

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  1. Susan,
    Thank you for reading the book. I am delighted you enjoyed it so! I love the Basque region of France and hoped to capture the beauty of the region. Thank you again and best wishes, Sophia