Literary Love 2014 – Love In France

February 11, 2014 Blogger Events 25

Lately, I’ve been in love with all things France, so this week is the perfect time for me to share with you some of my favorite books set in France. Whether you like historical fiction or non-fiction, translated fiction or chick lit or steamy romance, there’s a book set in France that’ll be perfect for you πŸ™‚


Chick Lit/Memoir –Β Paris Letters
Although technically non-fiction, this sweet little confection of a book reads just like a light and fluffy romance. Nothing too serious here plus lots of beautiful paintings by the author (like the cover) are included! Full review here.



Historical Fiction –Β Somewhere In France
I just have so many good things to say about this book! It was a perfect historical romance. The love story is very sweet and is completely integrated into the era in which it takes places. The way the romance progresses is determined in part by factors unique to the time period, which makes the romance less cliche and is a great way to give the reader a feel for the era. Full review here.

6872616-LSteamy Romance –Β The Dark Queen
The Dark QueenΒ is another historical romance, with a plot so good that it’s not overwhelmed by the steamy sex. I also loved this book because I’m a sucker for a happy ending! Full review here.

Non-Fiction –Β How The French Invented Love13623847
This was a fascinating bit of non-fiction! I’ve always assumed that the idea that the French view love differently than anyone else is just a stereotype. This book convinced me otherwise with lots of fascinating anecdotes and fun facts! Full review here.

71tmsy6BgJLTranslated Women’s Fiction –Β The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
This was a very character driven book and made for a fascinating look at many types of love. My favorite story was that of Josephine, who is really in need of some self-love and who grows in very believable ways throughout the book. Yet another fantastic experience with translated fiction. Full review here.

What are your favorites books about France or romance? If you have any other posts about literary love, be sure to add them to #LiteraryLove2014 link-up below!

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25 Responses to “Literary Love 2014 – Love In France”

    • DoingDewey

      I can’t believe you’re actually living in Paris! I’m so completely jealous! Your experience in Shakespeare and Company particularly appeals to my bookish side πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      Definitely The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles! I’ve really been loving character driven books lately and this was just a fantastic example of that sort of book. The main character was so relatable and the writing was beautiful. Everything about it was fantastic πŸ™‚ Plus I have the ulterior motive of recommending this because if enough people buy it, the next book in the series will hopefully get translated too πŸ˜›

  1. Heather

    Hmm…I love all things France. I feel my own France post coming on! There are so many great books about France and the food, the travel, the people, oh my…I’m getting hungry for a French book!

  2. Amanda

    I’m not usually a YA fan, but the YA book Anna and the French Kiss was sooo dreamy! I’m betting from the list that you’d enjoy it.

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve read some good reviews of Anna and the French Kiss, but had forgotten about it. That would be a great book to get to while I’m enjoying reading about France so much! πŸ™‚

  3. Julie Jordan Scott

    Ohmigawsh. What pleasure to stumble into a literary love link up! I have an entire series on Literary Grannies. Its been neglected lately, but is being dusted off for April and Blogging from A to Z.

    I am a big fan of memoir – I definitely want to read Paris Letters and how the French Invented Love. Fantabulous squared!

    • DoingDewey

      I haven’t ever been either but I do love that books let me imagine being there! Paris Letters was especially good for that. Definitely a fun, wish-fulfillment kind of book πŸ™‚

  4. Karen Cote

    This looks like a great list – thank you so much for the recommendations. Having visited Paris, I can attest to the magic that exist there. Capturing that magic in a novel is the absolute best. Speaking of love, a little love from #SITSBlogging.

    • DoingDewey

      I’m glad to hear that the city really is a magical place to visit! I’ve never been, but would love to visit for real some time πŸ™‚

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