Author: Juliette Sobanet
Release date: 1st December 2015
Publisher: Saint Germain Press
What does a romance novelist do when she loses her own happily ever after? Take a lover and travel to Paris, obviously. Or at least this is what Juliette Sobanet did upon making the bold, heart-wrenching decision to divorce the man she had loved since she was a teenager. This is the story of the passionate love affair that ensued during the most devastating year of Sobanet’s life and how her star-crossed romance in the City of Light led to her undoing. MEET ME IN PARIS is a raw, powerful take on divorce and the daring choices that followed such a monumental loss from the pen of a writer who’d always believed in happy endings…and who ultimately found the courage to write her own.
I kindly received Meet Me in Paris in exchange of an honest review by the author.
I shared this review in the beginning of the year on Goodreads while I was on my break. Being back on the blog I'd like to share this review with a few new bits and pieces. I love Juliette and her books. She is a woman I truly admire. I love to dive into her beautiful stories and get transported to Paris. If you have never picked up a book by Juliette, please do! You won't regret it! I recently read her new releases (3+4) of the Confessions of a City Girl series and loved them. Expect much more gushing and babbling about this wonderful woman and her huge talent for writing in the future :-)
Where to start with this review? This review will not do any justice compared to how amazing this book actually is. I’m totally stunned and blown away by Juliette Sobanet’s memoir. With this book she has made it on my list for “auto-buy authors”. I was given an eBook of Meet Me in Paris but this is certainly not enough. I’ll definitely get a print copy to put this fantastic book on my shelf.
This book is beautiful inside and out. Starting from this gorgeous, captivating cover to the absolutely emotional, heartbreaking and inspiring story of Juliette Sobanet’s life. I loved every minute of reading it. Meet Me in Paris is more than just a memoir to me, it is also a travel guide. When I am back in Paris one day, I would like to see all those wonderful places Juliette has been, to feel the love and the magic of this wonderful city.
In Meet Me in Paris Sobanet lays all cards on the table and tells the truth about her thrilling life. With every word I read I could feel Sobanet has put her heart and soul into writing this book, that’s why it touched me in so many ways. Along an emotional journey from the start I couldn't put the book down. I don't want to give away too much spoilers but I will say that Juliette is asking herself the big question “should I stay or should I go?” She left her husband who she loved since she was nineteen. She gets involved with a married man who will never be hers and put herself through a huge emotional mess to break free, to see the light again, moving on with your life and find herself in the end.
I loved her focus on emotion and on being brutally honest with yourself in your writing-questioning your own interpretation of events and being willing to build your questioning into the story you're telling. I feel a great sense of respect for Juliette because I’d never realized before all the obstacles she has had to overcome to there where she is now. I was amazed by Juliette’s strength and courage to tell us this story. Her writing is so beautiful that I felt such a deep connection to her as if I knew her personally. Overall, this is a beautifully written memoir. I highly recommend it, weather you enjoy reading memoirs, if you ever suffered going through a divorce, or if you have a passion for good literature.