” Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories―just in case. From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living.” – We’ll Always Have Paris
I mother freaking loved this book! I read it so quickly that I was a little heart broken when it was over, and I couldn’t follow the exciting adventures of Jen and Katie anymore. I loved everything about it; the writing, the story telling, the relationship between mother and daughter, the drama of traveling abroad, everything was on point and was sheer perfection. Jennifer has the ability to tell a story with such depth and humor that you automatic feel connected to her.Her adventures are heart warming to read and a joy to experience as her and Katie struggle with adapting to European lifestyle, and over coming jet lag. As someone who travels often, reading this book was taking a trip down memory lane for me. I was able to reenact my trips to Italy, France, and London right along with Jen and Kate. The things they saw and experienced were similar to things I saw and experienced, and I instantly felt connected with Jen. Jen’s writing is simple in a refreshing way. She doesn’t write like those other writers that have too many adjectives or go into too much detail which takes away from the story, but she isn’t like those other writers who don’t give enough detail; she is perfectly in the middle. While her stories are humorous, and delightful, she has a way of writing about these places that bring about a new beauty and perspective that I have never read before.Her unique take on navigating through Europe revived a new found love and appreciate for a continent with so much history, wonder, and natural beauty.
Besides looking at beautiful places and experiences with her daughter, Jen also draws upon the importance of the relationships she had in her life. The book is spurred on by the relationship with her father, as well as her daughter. The dynamic of two of the most important relationships in Jen’s life is beautiful to read and witness. Even though Jen didn’t have the best role model for a father, she still understood the importance of having a relationship like that. Reading this book allowed to reflect on my relationship with my mom and even thought we did do family trips together, it would have been an incredible experience to do something like this with her. We’ll Always Have Paris is flawless and I enjoyed every page, every chapter and every minute I was able to witness Jen’s and Kate relationship grow and change through out the years in the various countries they visited. I have read my fair share of travel memoirs (still looking for more out there), and this one has to be the top 5 of the ones I have read. It is by far one of the best books I have read in 2016 so far.
If you love great mother/daughter stories, a funny travel memoir or just look for a great book, then you need to pick up We’ll Always Have Paris! I think I may just go back and re-read it a second time and take my mind back to those beautiful places that have captured my heart. Even thought I can’t physically go to Europe at the moment, I can always go there in my mind and eat as much gelato as I can handle. Mmmmmm.. gelato. Preferably the Nutella or Mint flavor. Anyways, I cannot recommend We’ll Always Have Paris enough! Ir is perfect addition to any wander-luster’s/travel junk’s library! It has a home on my bookshelf with my other travel books, make sure you make room to add this wonderful memoir to your collection.
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