August 03, 2015

Review: Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant

Title: Seven Letters from Paris
Author: Samantha Verant
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Published: October 7, 2014
Paperback, 254 pgs.

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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.

This was an interesting read that I randomly picked up hoping it would be insanely romantic. Not only was it romantic, it was incredibly inspiring. 

Seven Letters from Paris tells the true story of a woman who has come to the ultimate turning point in her life. She has grown a bit older, become a bit wiser, and...ended up a bit divorced with a touch of unemployment. It's at this moment, that Samanatha begins to reflect on her life -- looking back on where she has come from, all that she has been through, and where she could possibly be headed. She returns time and time again to a man she once loved while studying abroad in Paris. It was a short-lived romance, but a powerful one nonetheless - most of us have been there. You know, those moments that you daydream about? That one guy/girl that got away? That one time you wished you would've stayed, but you felt at the time that you had to go? That was Samantha's love with Jean-Luc. 

Samantha decides to reconnect with Jean-Luc and they instantly (re)hit it off. It's as if time hadn't passed at all. (It's nice to know that romantic comedies can exist in real life somewhere :). There are so many ways that life could have thrown them curveballs, but it almost seemed fated that they found each other once again right when they were supposed to.

An added bonus: Samantha Verant includes seven of the letters that were actually written between her and Jean-Luc. It's a wonderful touch to a sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed. 

4 out of 5 stars! 

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