This is an Eat, Pray, Love for older women or a Wild. A memoir that explores grief, friendship, travel and self-discovery. An accessible take on the enduring trend for grief and self-discovery memoirs (H is for Hawk, The Year of Magical Thinking). "Whoever has loved knows all that life contains of sorrow and joy." George Sand Renowned journalist Nadine Williams is heartbroken, following the untimely death of her French–born husband, Olivier. Long–time friend Jane, alarmed at Nadine's despair, suggests a return to France to restore her joie de vivre. Their journey from Barcelona to Paris is peppered with hilarious battles about food, fashion and French culture, which challenge their friendship. But slowly the fun of travelling together in the glorious Loire Valley, Provence and Paris begins to lift Nadine's sadness. Alone again, Paris spins magical happenings in Nadine's life. She steps into le quartier Latin and enters the exciting worlds of independent French women, both past and present. When she meets a French man who resembles Olivier, she faces a conundrum. Does she want another man to share her future? Or will she define herself as a widow and allow her former life of love and marriage to fall away? Finally, she reflects that suffering loss is the legacy of her love story and fond memories will help heal her heart. This book is Eat, Pray, Love for Francophiles: a funny, poignant and profoundly moving memoir about love, grief, friendship, travel and renewal.
Through the eyes of William, one of Abelard's acolytes and companions, Farewell, My Only One tells the story of Peter Abelard, the most famous philosopher and theologian of 12th-century Europe, and his passionate, but ultimately doomed, love affair with the gifted and beautiful Heloise, niece of the canon of Notre Dame in Paris, who extracts horrifying vengeance on his ward's lover. One of the great romances of all times, Antoine Audouard has based his narrative on Abelard's and Heloise's celebrated correspondence and contemporary texts, immersing the reader in the lives of a hero and heroine whose love will never die.
Julia Lanchester must defend her love nest from an invasive species: her boyfriend’s sister. And then there’s the little matter of murder . . . “The cuckoo comes in April and sings its song in May. In June it changes tune and July it flies away.” Wedding bells are ringing in the small British village of Smeaton-under-Lyme. Julia Lanchester’s second-in-command at the local tourist center is finally getting married, and the lovebirds are giving Julia and her live-in boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, ideas about their own future. But before anyone can say “Will you,” Michael’s flighty older sister, Pammy, crashes the party, fresh off a breakup and lugging all her worldly possessions around with her in a tangle of plastic bags. Before long, Julia’s cozy cottage starts feeling more like Pammy’s bachelorette pad. To keep herself from going cuckoo, Julia throws herself into her pet projects at work—until death disrupts her plans. First a body is found on the estate. Then the police discover that Pammy was the last one to see the man alive. And soon Julia gets the feeling that if she ever wants her home—or her boyfriend—back, she’ll have to get to the bottom of this mystery, even if it means breaking a few eggs. Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order: The Birds of a Feather series: THE RHYME OF THE MAGPIE | EMPTY NEST | EVERY TRICK IN THE ROOK | FAREWELL, MY CUCKOO “Marty Wingate’s Birds of a Feather mysteries provide a perfect blend of quirky characters and atmosphere.”—Christine Goff, bestselling author of the Birdwatcher’s Mystery series The Potting Shed series: THE GARDEN PLOT | THE RED BOOK OF PRIMROSE HOUSE | BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE | THE SKELETON GARDEN | THE BLUEBONNET BETRAYAL | BEST-LAID PLANTS