Book Review | Paris Letters by Janice Macleod

Janice Macleod
Advance Reader Copy, 258 pages
Publication date:
February 4th 2014
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was the second memoir I read that was set in Paris but Paris Letters is definitely a much different story than We’ll Always Have Paris. Here we have a young woman who finds herself disillusioned with her day job as a copywriter in an advertising agency. Eventually she figures out a way to put aside enough money so that she could get by without working for a bit. These are outlined in a list which is included in the back of the book and includes things like selling her finished paintings, using all her free samples and inviting friends to go for hikes, coffee or frozen yogurt instead of waiting for them to invite her out to eat at an expensive restaurant. Of course this works and she is able to finally quit her job and travel.

I loved the travel elements in this memoir mostly because I can absolutely relate to some of her fish out of water experiences, as my knowledge of French pretty much consists of what I learned up until first year of college. I also loved that the author was Canadian as it makes her story at least initially more relatable.

Fittingly as the story takes place in Paris, France there is some romance in this book as Janice meets Christophe, a French speaking Polish butcher who she says kind of looks like Daniel Craig. I thought the way Janice relates their encounters and interactions with each other were really cute.

Paris Letters is a beautiful book both in its story as well as the many watercolour illustrations included in the book, and although they are in black and white, the cover is however in colour and it is gorgeous. I love how Janice comes up with the idea to create handwritten letters with beautiful illustrations about her life in Paris to fund her life in Paris. And to be honest I kind of want one now.

This travel memoir is a perfect read for both those who are a bit of a hopeless romantic as well as those who want to redesign their lives and fancy themselves as artists or some kind of creative person. Without a doubt I want to travel to Paris even more after reading this book.

If you like this book, you’ll love: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.