If you are a regular reader of Chic Shopper Chick you already know that I’m an avid Francophile. For those of you scratching your heads, that basically means I’m a crazy chick who is obsessed with anything that has an Eiffel Tower on it. And the city of Paris. Oh, and cute little French words like “ananas” or “pamplemousse” which mean pineapple and grapefruit, respectively, en français.
Ok, well, so that’s not ALL it means. But I did fall in love with the French language when I was in the 6th grade – back when I thought it was cool to learn a “secret language” that my parents wouldn’t understand (ha! take that!) – and I’ve never looked back. I went to college and graduated with a degree in French – and after spending all 5 years of my college experience insisting that, no, I did NOT want to teach – I became a French teacher. Funny how having a kid will change you in that way, right?
I no longer teach French, though I do still love learning it, teaching it, and practicing it. When I stopped teaching I eventually began blogging, and discovered that I had a passion for that as well. So, you can imagine that when I heard about a book that involved both French and blogging–I could hardly keep my credit card and Amazon account at bay. The book is called Petite Anglaise– taking it’s name from the blog that spurred it’s creation.
The story of Petite Anglaise is this – English girl lives in Paris, meets French boyfriend, has half-french child, starts a blog on a whim, meets a man through the comments box on her website, falls in love, and struggles to find her way though it all. It’s actually a true story that was brought to light when the author of the blog and book, Catherine Sanderson, was dooced. The story made international headlines and Catherine (who had been writing anonymously) suddenly found herself thrust into the spotlight. I’m sure hard times followed, but so did a book deal
The book itself did not disappoint me. I devoured it in less than 24 hours. Bits of the book made me uncomfortable, but to me a book that can make me squirm or take me out of my comfort zone is a book that has completely pulled me in. I felt like I enjoyed Petite Anglaise even more knowing that it is a true story, though it read like a fabulously crafted work of fiction. It is a modern story set in a historical town, and the city of Paris serves as a main character. Best of all — when I finished the book I just headed over to her blog, Petite Anglaise, and started reading the archives beginning in mid-2006 where the book left off. I really loved the book and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes chick-lit — but especially bloggers (or Francophiles) as I think you will have an extra vested interest in it. You can grab your copy of Petite Anglaise on sale right now on Amazon.