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.
For a long time I have enthused about Juliette Sobanet’s writing. For me she is a perfect author. She deals in Paris based happy endings; Sobanet’s books appeal to the eternal optimist and hopeless romantic within.
When I saw that Juliette Sobanet had a new book released I did not hesitate to buy it. She has whisked me away for romantic rendezvous several times already. Surely the same would happen in Meet Me in Paris?
I was both right and wrong.
Meet Me in Paris is Juliette Sobanet’s memoir and having read it I can fully understand why she is a writer. Sobanet’s life reads like a romance novel. It has ups and it has downs but more than that it has searing honesty. Hemmingway has been quoted as saying “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” and by gum that is what Sobanet has done. She has exposed every raw nerve, every ugly moment and every courageous decision.
Don’t get me wrong there are absolutely euphoric moments that make you believe in the power of love so damn much that it almost jumps off the page; the passion screams out at the reader. This is writing at its most honest.
For one to be so open about their life is quite a privilege. With some memoirs you genuinely get the feeling that the writer is holding back, not saying everything. Sobanet allows you to be privy to her whole existence. Undoubtedly, she is one brave lady.
Meet Me in Paris is a great transition book. If you are going through any form of heartache or making a major life altering decision then read this book and take comfort in knowing that there are others in your position.
I doff my cap to you, Juliette Sobanet. You truly have given everything with Meet Me in Paris.
Meet Me in Paris: A Memoir by Juliette Sobanet is available now.
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