Review: Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Vérant


Title: Seven Letters From Paris

Author: Samantha Vérant

Published: Random House November 2014

Status: Read from November 04 to 05, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

In 1989, Samantha Platt, a nineteen year old American arts student, was traveling through Europe with her best friend, Tracey, when, on their second to last day in Paris they met two handsome young Frenchman, Jean-Luc and Patrick. Though their time together was brief, Samantha and Jean-Luc both admitted to feeling a strong connection, and though Samantha chose to continue their planned journey leaving Jean-Luc behind, she did so with no small amount of regret.

Twenty odd years later, Samantha has been made redundant and her marriage is disintegrating when Tracey reminds her of their summer in Paris and the seven letters full of romance and longing she received from Jean-Luc after her return home. Wondering ‘what if?’, Samantha gathers her courage and decides to contact Jean-Luc, awkward emails soon became more intimate, leading to long phone calls which eventually results in Samantha accepting Jean-Luc’s invitation to visit him in Paris. It is a chance Samantha feels she has to take…

Seven Letters From Paris is the true tale of an extraordinary second chance love story. Twenty years after their day long romance in Paris, Samantha and Jean-Luc are reunited, and less than 12 months later are husband and wife.

Samantha’s story may have a fairytale ending, but it is a life and love hard won. She has dealt with an absentee father, a difficult divorce and bankruptcy to then moving to France with only rudimentary language skills, and becoming not only a wife, but also a full time stepmother of two young children.

Written in a friendly, almost conversational tone, Seven Letters From Paris is an easy read. Romantics will swoon over the seven letters Jean-Luc sent Samantha in 1989, francophiles will enjoy reading about Samantha’s new life in France.

As my own love story is entirely prosaic – he was 20 and a co-worker of a friend, I was just 16 and still in high school when we got together, we married when I was 22 and next week we will celebrate 19 years of marriage – I appreciated the romance of Samantha and Jean-Luc’s relationship and their almost too-good-to-be-true reunion.

My French is very rusty but:
Je vous souhaite de nombreuses années de bonheur
(I wish you both many years of happiness)

Learn more about Seven Letters From Paris in Samantha Verant’s guest post published on Book’d Out earlier today

Seven Letters from Paris is available to purchase from

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and all good bookstores.

*Please note: I choose not to rate memoirs*

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Blog Tour: Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Vérant | book'd out
  2. Deborah
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 00:33:08

    Ahh yes, not rating memoirs is a good idea. I struggled with a review of this book as so result.



  3. Samantha Verant
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 02:52:53

    Your French is beautiful. Thank you for the lovely review. X



  4. Patty
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 13:34:13

    Oh boy…I don’t do so well with real life…I need fantasy! Lol! I met my husband at Spring Break!



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