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French Lessons

Narrated by: Stephanie Murphy
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
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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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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 08-02-19

I'd rate this 4.5 Overall...

I've had this audiobook in my wishlist for a long time and finally got it. loved the narrator's different voices (all pleasant and the British accent was my fav). I liked the basic storyline of this book, but the mystery part seemed to drag on a bit long and slow the book down in the middle, but the ending was super sweet and made it all better :) if I could rate this a 4.5 I would.

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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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  • natalie
  • 22-10-19

en francais?

I listened to this over a course if a few weeks in small bursts. Well written and narrated, this is a story of finding love and digging up secrets about family. Its a little too sappy for my tastes but overall a good listen if you want to hear a (semi) happy ending.

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  • Jennifer McWhorter
  • 28-02-19

Great story that keeps you guessing

The story was very well written and keeps you guessing. I love all of the characters and the narration is great also.

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  • Abolynn
  • 04-02-19

Great chararacters and descriptions Best narrator.

Loved every second of this book! Was kind of our off thinking it would likely have no plot but started reading it and absolutely loved it. Based you want a vacation in France.

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  • Kristina
  • 28-08-18

I couldn't stop listening.

I was rapt in this book. the passion emanating from the characters in this book was amazing. I loved the twists and turns. amazing writer.

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  • Janice Smith
  • 24-08-18

Deliciously beautiful love story

This book is so lovely. I loved the narrator. I think I would love to have a French lover. The plot and twists were a bit predictable but I enjoyed each hearing each part come to life. The love scene was incredible!

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  • A. 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 with a K
  • 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... ;)