Friday, June 5, 2009

Buying a Piece of Paris - Ellie Nielsen


I listened to most of this book on my way to and from Laidley. I did the trip twice, so that's a lot of listening time. Listening to a book on a road trip means that if there's a hold up, that's good - you get through more of the book!

Well, my all time favourite city is Paris, so I could relate to Ellie's love affair with the place - although she is WAY more obsessed than I am! This is a true story, by the way.

Ellie and her husband Jack have given themselves 2 weeks to find the "perfect" apartment. They have some interesting encounters with real estate agents, but they are not totally doing it on their own. They are very lucky in that they have friends in Paris who have friends who know people who can help them.

The narrative wanders off into reminisces about previous visits and little vignettes relating to Ellery (Ellie and Jack's 5 year old son), and there is a lovely section about Ellie's loved mother-in-law whose legacy makes this all possible.

Of course, there is a happy ending!

This is a nice gentle story; the sort of book to read when you want to have a little dream of owning your own perfect apartment in Paris.

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