How her daughter and her passport taught Jennifer to live like there's no tomorrow
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter's mental photo album with memories - just in case.
From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying - for the sake of living.
What members say
Great travel nine says the dead dad stuff
What did you love best about We'll Always Have Paris?
I enjoyed the physical travel experiences, especially in the later parts.
What was one of the most memorable moments of We'll Always Have Paris?
I enjoyed the scenes in Italy and Alhambra the most.
What three words best describe Kate McIntyre’s voice?
Too over-actorly annoying.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I liked when the mom got high in Amsterdam. I think the reader was a serious problem. So much over-actig that it took away from the prose.
Any additional comments?
Yes. I got annoyed with the continual references, not finely woven, about the dead father. Okay he died and ski kept going back to it so much I had to FF over these bits as they were not aligned with a TRAVEL memoir. Would have liked more of the vote of the daughter, not the father. Or even the mother, for that matter.
- Dawn H
Great Travel Memoir
I received a free audiobook for an honest review.
We’ll Always Have Paris isn’t my usual genre but I thought I’d give it a try. These are Jennifer Coburn’s memoirs of her travels with her daughter. I admire that even though their home is in need of repairs, she’d rather save the money to take her daughter on trips to show her world while she can. It’s sad that her reason is because she thinks she’ll die young and, hopefully, she’s wrong. Better safe than sorry, though, I guess.
One of the reasons I don’t read about travels very often is because some authors tend to get bogged down in the descriptions of where they’ve been. Jennifer Coburn, however, describes their travels very well but doesn’t overdo it so it kept my interest throughout. She also has a great sense of humor. I found myself laughing a few times, especially when they were in Panama.
I liked the relationship between Jennifer and her daughter. If I had a daughter, I’d want our relationship to be similar to theirs. I also liked the memories of Jennifer’s parents, especially her father. It’s obvious that she loved him and misses him very much. She’s as good at describing relationships as she is at describing Paris.
The narrator of the story was easy to understand. One thing that threw me off a few times was when I didn’t realize there’d been a change from the present to memories of the past and vice versa. A pause between those changes would have helped a lot.
I definitely recommend We’ll Always Have Paris even if it’s not the type of book you usually read. I’m glad I decided to review this book.
I liked the story. Funny and sweet, describing one woman's relationship with her father and with her daughter. I did have trouble listening to the audio as the narrator would switch between current time and the past, and back, with no pause or segue. Sometimes this caused a momentary bit of confusion.