BOOK REVIEW: THE ART OF FRENCH KISSING
Author Harmel's latest book, The Art of French Kissing, is the perfect read for a cold winter's day. It's lighthearted, romantic, funny, and a mini vacation the “City of Light.”
When music publicist Emma Sullivan loses her fiancée, job and three best friends all within a couple of weeks, she calls Poppy, someone she roomed with years before who now works in Paris. Before Emma, who speaks no French, has time to think about it, she finds herself on a plane to Paris with a temporary job as the publicist for the French music sensation, Guillaume Riche. But as is often the case, when something seems to good to be true, there's probably a hitch. While Emma is falling in love with the city, its people, its food and its way of life, she is also coming to the realization that she has the client from Hell. Guillaume has an uncanny knack for getting himself in the most embarrassing situations. Emma has to keep these antics out of the news or at least spin them in a positive way.
In the meantime, Poppy is using her vast collection of relationship self-help books to try and fix Emma's personal life. Her number one lesson? Emma should meet guys, date guys, kiss guys and then dump the guys before they dump her. But this is Paris after all and what would a stay in Paris be without a true romance? Before long, Emma finds herself wishing for another deep relationship.
Harmel herself took a trip to Paris much the same as Emma's. Harmel went on a whim, without knowing how to speak French and found herself absolutely in love with the city. Her experiences show on every page of the book. The Art of French Kissing is really quite a nice travelogue for Paris. The places Emma visits and eats are as described. At the back of the book Harmel has included a guide to places to visit and eat when visiting Paris.
REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR
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