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Summary

Would you have the courage to restart your life - and give love a chance - in a completely different country?

Vida Toujours has struggled all of her life, working hard for everything she's ever earned, using her all-consuming job as a Chicago doctor to numb herself against the emptiness she carries inside. Overprotective of her heart, Vida pushes people away, and despite her loneliness, she's made an art of remaining detached and disconnected. Then she receives an unexpected letter from France.

An aunt that Vida never knew she had has died, willing Vida a chateau in the French countryside. What feels like an impossible dream is now Vida's reality: She's an heiress, and the last living member of a family legacy steeped in secrets.

When Vida arrives at the chateau, there are more surprises in store for her. She could never have predicted the effect that Renee Chanson, the fiery and captivating woman she meets at the chateau, would have upon her. And she could never have imagined how the decades-old mystery of her family's past would, at last, unfold.

Can Vida learn to trust and open her stubborn heart to the possibility of a French romance? Or will she make the same mistakes her mother made and let the love of her life run away from her, leaving her to nurse a permanent broken heart?

French Lessons is a poignant, passionate novel about coming to terms with the past and learning to love; a tender romance to curl up with.

©2014 Natalie Vivien (P)2016 Natalie Vivien

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-16

A book for the Imaginative, Romantic Soul.

For those of you that allow a novel to be a great escape and don't stop to nitpick at the probability of occurrences, then this book is for you. I enjoy books that take me away from daily stressors and this one did the trick. I found the two main characters quite captivating. secondary characters were a mystery I couldn't wait to solve.
A journey well worth taking.

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  • Antresha J Holmes
  • 17-06-18

Beautiful Story

I fell in love with this book and immediately read it again after finishing to see if I could catch some of the clues the conclusion revealed and indeed, I did. This is one of those hard to put down books and Stephanie Murphy's sultry voice certainly keeps you hanging on to her every word. The story line flowed, the characters developed naturally without force and the mystery made for a really great read. Great job Natalie Vivien and Stephanie Murphy!

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  • Rowan345
  • 01-06-18

Excellent voice acting

Really enjoyed listening to this one. She did an excellent job with the French as well.

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  • Krystal
  • 30-04-18

Great, but I couldn’t lose myself

I’ve listened to a few of this author’s books, and am pleased to report that she is a lovely story teller. And here comes the compliment sandwich. The narrator has a very pleasant voice, but I do have a couple of tidbits there. Although her voice is smooth and of a pleasant tone, the cadence is a bit fast for at normal speed. However, that’s not really my reason for 4 stars. I would love to hear more of a story telling than a reading here. I found it hard to lose myself in this performance. If the narrator could just get that down she’d be absolutely wonderful in my book... ;)

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  • Natalie
  • 06-04-18

Fantastic Narration

Stephanie Murphy does an excellent job working through the narrative. She is both funny and fantastic at the variety of accents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-18

Classy and authentic

Really well narrated!! Loved the characters. And the storyline is so well written. You know something is going on, hence all the secret. But it is not untill it is right in your face.. Or in you ears, you are able to put the puzzle together. Too bad the story comes to an end. I loved it!

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  • Scout03060
  • 23-09-17

Great stoytelling by a wonderful narrator

I truly enjoyed this book. the narration is one of the best I've heard. I will listen again just because of the narration.
As for the character I really enjoyed them each have their story to tell. it was a little mystery to solve that had a twist or two in there that I hadn't guessed which was fun when they revealed themselves.
Maybe I'm just a forgiving person so Renee's feeling that she did something so wrong it would ruin their relationship didn't quite fit for me. Although, it wasn't necessarily unbelievable just more than what i would do. Though it did set it up for the anticipated end.
I liked the premise for this story too. it was funny and sad and flirty. definitely would recommend.

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  • Amy
  • 12-06-16

Weird storyline but ok

Would you recommend French Lessons to your friends? Why or why not?

Depends. The story was a bit weird, and it was kind of mystery that felt like it was building up to a major twist. I was intrigued till the end but I don't know if it would hold everyone's attention.

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  • brigitte Bugayong
  • 04-06-16

Good story But

Good story but when a book is titled French Lessons. The narrator should be able to pronounce French words correctly.

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  • LisaW
  • 28-05-16

Wonderful book and narration

This is a wonderful story and the narration is great. I loved the mystery surrounding Vida's mother and enjoyed the outcome. Highly recommend this audio book!

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