This memoir is like the perfect café crème and croissant – heartwarming, light and indulgent. As a 9-to-5er contemplating her escape from the rat-race, this book was also totally escapist for me.
Janice is a successful Californian copywriter who realises she has achieved all that she thought she wanted, but still feels empty and sad. She throws away or sells most of her belongings and travels to Europe.
In Paris she meets the dreamy, Daniel-Craig-lookalike Christophe, a Polish Parisian butcher, and decides to stay.
This is when inspiration strikes: during her long wanders around Paris, she paints scenes of the daily, gorgeous life of Paris onto letters. These painted letters are then sent to subscribers from across the globe.
This book doesn’t hold deep insights or majestic language, but I completely enjoyed it and Janice has fuelled my own dreams of escaping the everyday to do something more creative with my life.