Monday, October 6, 2014

Guest Book Review and Giveaway: Seven Letters from Paris

By Bethany Petty

**Giveaway is now closed**

Are you looking for a real life love story? Seven Letters from Paris is for you!

Picture this: It’s 1989. Two American college students are on a European tour. They each meet a handsome Frenchman, share a wonderful and exciting evening, and then part ways as their train races toward a new town. The Frenchman writes one of the Americans seven extraordinary and beautiful love letters to keep any spark they had alive. She never writes him back.

Fast forward twenty years. Samantha has just lost her job in Chicago and is stuck in the rut of a loveless marriage. For some reason, she feels the need to read those love letters from Jean-Luc. When she does, Samantha feels alive again, and is filled with the passion she felt twenty years earlier.

Samantha is determined to make amends for the letters she never wrote, contacts Jean-Luc through the magic of Google, and thus rekindles their romance.

Seven Letters from Paris tells the beautiful story of a romance twenty years in the making. The best part? It’s true!

After I finished this book, I immediately located Samantha’s blog and love her posts about living in France, attempting to master the French cuisine, and adjusting to life as an overnight parent.

Get ready to follow Samantha Vérant as she reclaims her life, her passion, and her long lost love!

Thanks to Sourcebooks for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have one copy for a lucky reader in the US or Canada! 

How to win:

Please tell us: Have you ever received a love letter or written one?

One entry per person.

Entries without contact information (e-mail address, Twitter account, Facebook page, etc.) will NOT be counted (and we do NOT count "Google +" as contact information).

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends October 12th at midnight EST.

Bethany Petty is a mother, wife, full time high school social studies teacher, educational technology nerd, reader, runner, blogger, and more! Bethany holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She enjoys reading a wide variety of books, and is excited to pass her love of reading on to her two young daughters. Bethany maintains two blogs: Teaching with Technology, in which she discusses educational technology topics as well as their classroom uses, and My Eclectic Bookshelf, where she reviews awesome books and posts recipes, apps, ideas, and anecdotes for mommies!

33 comments:

susieqlaw said...

Yes. I have received beautiful love letters!
sendsusanmail at gmail dot com

Bonnie Franks said...

I am from the era where our boyfriends were all in the service and we wrote letters. It was our form of communication. I wrote really sappy love letters (I was seventeen or so, maybe younger) and I received some very gushy ones also. Unfortunately, they were lost somewhere along my life, but I still remember.

bonlyn55 at yahoo dot com

pascale said...

This book sounds wonderful.
Yes- I have received love letters. So wonderful.
pascale.poitras@verizon.net

Janine said...

This really sounds like a wonderful book. I am desperate to read it. I haven't actually gotten a love letter, but I got a letter from my first love after he found out I divorced my first husband. He was wanting to meet again just to visit (stating he had gotten his life together and sorry for all he did to me back then). I didn't call before meeting him, just showed up at his job bringing one of my sisters along with me. He was surprised, but what surprised me more (and kind of freaked me out) was he was still carrying a picture of me from all those years ago. Of course nothing could come of it because I was already with someone else. But, it was a nice visit.

kinini01@hotmail.com

traveler said...

I wrote love letters to my husband to show him the type of person I was. Since writing letters was very popular during that period it gave me great pleasure. Your post is wonderful. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Rhonda G said...

Rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

Yes I have received love letters in the mail not electronic ones. :)

Anonymous said...

When my husband was in the Army during the early weeks of our marriage. I have kept them all.

Sandie W said...

I have not received not written a love letter, but here's to hoping it will happen one day!

sandiedotwhite@livedotcom

rubynreba said...

My husband and I lived close by each other and he never wrote me any!

Melanie Backus said...

I received many love letters from my would be husband when he was in the army and I was in college. What dear words!

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Jennifer Essad said...

I've not received one, I've written one in my mind when I've really missed him.

Katherine Ivan said...

I have both received and sent love letters. I wonder whether I have any old ones hidden away in a drawer?

Jessica Meddick said...

No, I've never received a love letter before.

walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

Connie said...

Yes, I have received love letters and remember hugging them to my heart. Sigh...

This sounds like a delightful book and one I would enjoy reading. Since I am a die-hard Francophile, I know this would be a must-read for me.

Jennifer said...

Unfortunately I have never written or received one. The book sounds fascinating and I would love to read it! Love that Bethany is a fellow Missouri girl and graduate of SEMO and Mizzou! I'm a graduate of Missouri State University (SMSU) and reside in St Louis. Go Cards!!
Jhuelsebusch@sbcglobal.net

Anita Yancey said...

I have written and received lots of love letters over the years. But I only saved the letters that my husband wrote me. Thanks for having the giveaway.

ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

Kimberly V said...

Sadly, I have never written nor received one.
K3kdpv at gmail dot com

Margie said...

My husband and I have written many letters to each other. I have saved them all. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

Yes, I have received love letters! And I've written plenty :)

jpetroroy said...

Do love emails count?

Linda Kish said...

I'm sure I got letters when my boyfriend was in Vietnam but I don't have any now. That was so very long ago. I wish people still wrote letters instead of texts or tweets.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Carol Fragale Brill said...

My husband often writes me "mini" love letters, notes that say and mean so much to me.
carol

Julie Nieves said...

Yes! I would spend hours composing my replies on special stationary. What a lost art.

bn100 said...

No to both

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Yes and yes!
Holly

holly _ 109 [at] Hotmail [dot] com

Carl Scott said...

I have both written and received love letters. It was fun at the time. Thanks carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

Jennifer L. said...

Yes, I have received and written love letters. It was a long time ago though. Maybe it's time to write more!
jentam777 at gmail dot com

Melissa Seng said...

I've written one - 12 pages, but never had the guts to send it out. Looking back now, all these years later, I should've mailed it right away.

Books and Java said...

I'm such a romantic. I have both written and received love letters and I have them all in a box to share with my kids when they are older. -Laura P. (laurabryant1971@gmail.com)

Nova said...

i have received and sent love letters before. this book sounds wonderful!
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PoCoKat said...

Long, long ago!

Melissa said...

Thanks for participating and telling us about love letters.

Thanks to Sourcebooks for sharing the book with our winner.

Random.org chose one winner from all entries with contact info (one entry per person).

Congrats to Sandie W!

Samantha Vérant said...

Melissa, thank you so much for supporting the book!

Bethany, thank you for the lovely review!

And...Congrats, Sandie W! Hope you enjoy the read!