How much money does it take to quit your job? Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this question to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. Surprisingly, the answer isn't as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe. A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street - who doesn't speak English. Through a combination of sign language and Franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of 12-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to find a way to fund her dreams again. So Janice turns to her three loves - words, art, and Christophe - to figure out a way to make her happily-ever-after in Paris last forever.
©2014 Janice MacLeod (P)2014 Tantor
"A romantic romp from Santa Monica to Paris with loads of advice on how to live minimally and take risks in life and love." (Kirkus)
By now I should know not to read/listen to books about women discovering who they are through journeys. Didn't like "Wild" didn't like "Eat, Pray, Love", and I didn't really like this book either. Still, even if I did like this genre I would have had a hard time with this effort. It has its charms... the author's practical advice for leaving a life she didn't like is good and even inspiring. But as it continues the practical side declines and the story turns into a princess-meets-her-prince and ends with Happily Ever After. I'm happy she found something great in her personal life, but she could have done better conveying all the intricacies of this new life and business she was building throughout the last half. At times I felt like a sucker, like maybe I was reading a compilation of blog posts (repetitive at times) to fund the next stage of her desperate search for an un-job. The narration was flat-out bad. The accents were unrecognizable and the haughty pronunciations made me dislike Janice at times, through no fault of her own. Best of luck to you, Janice. I hope you continue your success.
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