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We’ll Always Have Paris by Emma Beddington ❤️ a book review ðŸ“š

May 9, 2016

Paris Je t’aime!

My mother & I in Paris ❤️


I was lucky enough to visit one of my favourite cities in the world a few weeks ago with my darling mother. i have never been on a girly holiday with my mother and it has always been something I’ve wanted to do.

It was a fabulous weekend of looking around Parisian boutiques, taking in the pretty little things Paris always has to offer and watching the sparkling Eiffel Tower at sunset! What more could any girl ask for.

So after visiting the city of lights I was on the search for another book to remind me of Paris, and when I came across this book I thought, ‘this is the one for me!’

The Book –

‘We’ll always have Paris’ is a memoir by Emma Beddington, one I definitely related to.

As a bored, moody teenager, Emma Beddington came across a copy of French ELLE in the library of her austere Yorkshire school. As she turned the pages, full of philosophy, sex and lipstick, she realized that her life had one purpose and one purpose only: she needed to be French.

Instead of skulking in her bedroom listening to The Smiths or trudging to Betty’s Tea Room to buy fondant fancies, she would be free and solitary, sitting outside the Café de Flore with a Scottie dog at her feet, a Moleskine on the table and a Gauloise trembling on her lower lip.

And so she set about becoming French: she did a French exchange, albeit in Casablanca; she studied French history at university, and spent the holidays in France with her French boyfriend. Eventually, after a family tragedy, she found herself living in Paris, with the same French boyfriend and two half-French children. Her dream had come true, but how would reality match up? Gradually Emma realized that she might have found Paris, but what she really needed to find was home.

Verdict –

I thought this book was just splendid! It was more like watching a documentary than actually reading, the characters so real and relatable. I absolutely love memoirs.

What Emma goes through will make you laugh, make you sad, it’s about the ups and downs of life afterall.

I am now going to go and read Emma’s blog – Belgianwaffling! Sounds fantastic!

You can buy ‘We’ll Always Have Paris’ on amazon or in all major bookshops.

Here is Emma’s blog –


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  1. Oh this sounds great, I love reading books set in Paris.

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