We’ll Always Have Paris may not have much romance in it but it is definitely a story of love in particular family love. This is much more than a Paris travelogue as the memoir details all the various trips that Jennifer takes with her daughter Katie as Katie grows up. They not only travel to Paris but to many other European cities like Rome, London and Barcelona. Initially I couldn’t relate to either Jennifer or Katie, the latter being only a child at the start of the book I was able to relate to some of their experiences later as Katie got older. I loved seeing all the different places they visited and what they did there, and this book made me really want to travel right away with my mom to visit all the sites in the book including Shakespeare and Co. I had no idea that travelers could stay above the shop overnight if they worked a few hours a day at the bookstore, which was interesting. There were so many interesting travel tidbits throughout the book which made it feel like a sort of travel guide on top of being a memoir.
The travel aspect of the book was something that I expected given the title, but what I did not expect was the exploration into Jennifer’s past in particular the life of her father, who was one of the songwriters of the song, “Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart”. Though it ran secondary to the travel parts, it was still a very essential part of this memoir. It is through the relationship that Jennifer has with her father that shapes who she is as an adult this includes of course her anxieties about dying. So while this book was not what I was expecting, it was a very touching and interesting read. We’ll Always Have Paris does a good job of exploring how one woman deals with the death of her parent and the trauma associated with it, as well it does an excellent job of illustrating the magic of traveling together as a family and how it can strengthen bonds and bring parents closer to their children.
If you like this book, you’ll love: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.