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Summary

“As if waking up from a nightmare, I thought, If I am going to be traumatized, I might as well be traumatized in Paris, right?” 

Devastated by the unexpected end of her decades-long marriage, renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide Sonia Choquette undertook an equally unexpected move and relocated to Paris, the scene of many happy memories from her life as a student and young mother. Arriving in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, she found a Paris as traumatized by this unforeseen event as she had been by her divorce. Together, over the following years, she and the city she loves began a journey of healing that involved deep soul searching and acceptance of new, sometimes uncomfortable reality. 

In this follow-up to Walking Home, Sonia shares her intimate thoughts and fears as well as the unique challenges of setting up a new life in a foreign land. From moving into a freezing, malodorous apartment to a more pleasant - yet haunted - flat across the Seine to her current light-filled home, Sonia shares how these changes parallel her inner transformation. Along the way, Sonia regales listeners with vivid stories of her unfortunate encounters with French hairdressers and beauticians, her adventures in French fashion, and her search for the perfect neighborhood café. Her companion throughout is the city of Paris - a character unto itself - which never ceases to fill her with wonder, surprise, and delight and provides her with the spiritual strength to succeed in establishing her new life.

©2018 Hay House (P)2018 Hay House

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entertaining, informative and funny a great read

Sonia had me laughing down the street listening to her Parisian trials and tribulations. Fantastic

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Love this

I love Sonia Choquette and have read all her books. This autobiography blends human and spiritual insights against the beautiful background of Paris, wonderfully read by the author. Warm, uplifting and humorous.

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LOVE the Book!

I'm relishing every word of this book at the moment. I admit, at first Sonia's voice wasn't what I expected *sorry, Sonia*, but soon enough Sonia charms you with her inflections and intonations as she recalls the mishaps and triumphs she and her daughter encounter. (I especially found amusing the 'luge' episode!) She comes across as humorous, endearing, and downright NICE like a friend for life would be.

I love it so much, I've recommended my mother purchase it. It reminded me of our 'adventures' when we too found ourselves at similar crossroads.

I highly recommend it.

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  • 26-04-20

Soul soothing balm for crazy times

I’m late to the Sonia Choquette fan club. My goodness, I connected with this wonderful audiobook at a time when I was low and there was no hope. Lying in bed, nursing my wounds, listening to Sonia’s lovely and heart-full reading has given me life again and woke me up from a dark place. Thank you for your message here of hope. All these roadblocks are temporary and necessary in order to reconnect what matters! Lastly, being a fellow Libra, Sonia reminded me how important it is to embrace a Venusian life. It’s encoded in our soul! Many blessings!

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Nice insights from Sonia

It starts off a little slow and sometimes repetitive, however towards the middle and end the whole story comes together and learnings and insights from Sonia come through. Being an expat myself, I could relate to alot of challenges Sonia experinced and also made me release to be more present in the city I call home now, as there are many adventures and stories to learn from it. I really enjoyed the book, despite it being a little slow at first, I do recommend it.

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'Intuition'

I remain astounded that somebody with no self awareness and no common sense let alone intuition, can be regarded as a spiritual teacher. The 'accidental' mishaps she relates are entirely of her own making through stupidity and lack of research and planning. She has an unfortunate delivery and frequently mishponounshes (sic) words. The most annoying thing is her habit of chuckling at herself in the middle of words.
I thought I would learn interesting things about life in Paris. It didn't get better. Don't bother.

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  • Bonnie Peterson
  • 02-10-18

I wanted to love this, but couldn't.

I love all things French, and Paris is where my soul is most at home, so I was certain I'd love this book. I was wrong. it's trite, boring, and has the worst narration I've ever heard. don't waste your money.

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  • WritingLikeMad
  • 02-12-18

REFRESHINGLY HONEST & HUMOROUS!

Throughout the book I got the feeling that Sonia was doing herself in (and sometimes her daughter) in her struggle to find herself but she also found humor during those times which is not an easy thing to do when life seems to be crashing down. Sonia's journey is our journey and yes.... Paris lives in of all of us!

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  • Paula Hannasch
  • 15-06-18

Terrific!

Once again Sonia knocks it out of the park with her honesty, vulnerabi!ity and desire to share so others can learn as well from her journeys! Just another reason I follow Sonia's work and recommend her whenever I can!

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  • Kimberly
  • 01-06-18

One of Sonia's BEST!

LOVED it! All the feels are in this book. What an amazing journey that only Sonia can write with such passion!

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  • C Bauer
  • 04-01-20

Distracting Narration and Boring Story

I wanted to love this, to be inspired. In the end, I couldn't stand listening to the narration and the story bored me.

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  • Dan Martin
  • 05-09-19

Sooo boring

For all the reasons I read her books and thought I’m in devastation right now maybe the book would be Good? I was wrong I’m 2 hrs in and still don’t know the point

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  • Sarah, Viking Queen
  • 19-08-19

Can’t endure the narration

The author does herself no favors by narrating her own book. The subject is of great interest to me, but I couldn’t get beyond the third chapter because the narration was so annoying. Mike’s review describes it exactly. I felt I was being read to during children’s time at the library. It was too distracting to continue so I am returning my purchase.

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  • BGrace
  • 05-04-19

Useful maybe if you plan to move to Paris

Normally I love Ms Choquette’s work but not this one.. kept waiting for it to begin, never did. literally sounds like a transcription of a journal including everyday inconsequential mishaps & snafus, with no real meat.

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  • Julie
  • 12-03-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

What a great book! It hits all the real highs and lows life has to offer, sad, funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, happy & meaningful.
I’m ready for her next chapter in Paris!

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  • Sandra Harding
  • 01-02-19

Darn!! I was disappointed this time.

I can appreciate Ms. Choquette'writing this book as her way of recovering & healing from the loss of her marriage & identity. I've read ALL of her books. They are filled with insight from an incredibly different world where she gives us wonderful, humourous &, fun ways to understand & use her teachings. This book felt like the story was coming from one of Ms. Choquette's much earlier students using her very basic teachings, confirming to herself & readers that this spiritual world is ALL that she's taught us that it is.?
I'm y truly looking forward to her next book!!!

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