I plan to read more non-fiction in my book reading as well as my online reading in 2014, so the timing was perfect when Jennie's memoir came out at the end of last year. I ordered it immediately, and waited impatiently for it to arrive.
A Lady In France was a book I could have easily read in one sitting. Jennie's writing is beautiful, and her story is interesting. But instead I found myself setting it down every couple of chapters, because I wanted space to think about it, to breathe, to savor her words, to really be there in the moments she shares.
Reading Jennie's story is a little like taking a trip. You get to travel to New York, Asia, France, and Africa. But it is more than just a collection of travels. She opens up, and really allows you to know her feelings as she experiences great loss, deals with addiction and mental health issues, finds love, embraces and grows in faith, and builds a home and family. And through all of it, it is Jennie's heart that shines through, and makes you want to turn to the next chapter.
By the end of the book I had cried and laughed with Jennie.
Her words and story touched my heart and encouraged me.
I know most of us have ridiculously long lists of books to read, and not nearly enough time to read them all. Maybe you aren't looking to add to your reading list, at least not very hard. I understand. But I have to tell you, A Lady In France is worth your time. Don't just add it to your list; move it to the top. You won't be sorry.
*A Lady In France is available in Kindle and paperback versions on Amazon. I don't get anything if you buy it, and I'm not being compensated for this post (I didn't even get a free copy of the book) - I just wanted to pass on a good thing from a friend, because I believe her words will bless you.