Book Review: Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas & Giveaway

February 15th, 2012

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) is a great and might I mention yummy memoir by Amy Thomas chronicling her love affair with Paris and the awesome opportunity she had to live and work there for two years. And let’s face it – who doesn’t want to read a book describing all kinds of decadent and heart stopping desserts!

After spending time in Paris after college Amy was completely and utterly in love, not to mention obsessed with Paris and more to the point the decadent yummy concoctions of chocolate that are all over Paris. As luck would have it, at thirty-six years old, she is offered a transfer from New York to Paris to work on the Louis Vuitton account. Well hello – would you say no to that move? Neither would I and neither did she! For someone with a sweet tooth that could outrun most of ours this was the perfect chance for her to go back to Paris and explore all the yet undiscovered desserts that just had to be waiting there for her.

As she tries to acclimate to life in Paris she finds it’s a lot harder than she had anticipated. She isn’t fitting in the best at work and she hasn’t made friends. Now for Amy this was tough as she was one popular girl in New York. She loved her nights out with the girls having drinks and having fun. As time wore on she found herself torn between the Paris she loves and the New York that she’s really missing. Even though she did eventually make a few really good friends, it still wasn’t home.

What I found most interesting about this memoir aside from the desserts which I’ll get to was her descriptions of life in Paris and the people who live there. Also about how our expectations aren’t always met but that it shouldn’t let it get us down – we just find another way to enjoy what we’ve been given. An example would be that Amy had thought she’d meet the man of her dreams there and yet the few dates she had were definite duds. She thought that she’d be out with friends every weekend like at home and yet that didn’t happen either but the few friends she did make would be friends for life. I really admire her outlook on life where you may not get something you wanted, but just maybe something better is coming your way.

Now the desserts – can I just say oh my God! Now a lot of them I couldn’t eat because they are made with various kinds of nuts and I’m allergic but that didn’t stop me from imagining how good the ones I could eat would taste. The descriptions Amy gives us of all these goodies makes your mouth water and at times I felt sure I could smell the sugary sweetness right through my iPad. All the chocolate – oh my! It sounds like a piece of heaven for sure!

This is a fabulous memoir for anyone planning a trip to Paris especially if you’re interested in knowing where all the good spots are for yummy treats as Amy has put a glossary in the back of all of them. Yet this is also a great memoir for those interested in New York as well because she let’s us know all the hot spots to visit for the best goodies there too throughout the book! As usual, reading a memoir about Paris has made me want to pick up and head out there for myself (if only I weren’t afraid to fly – lol). If you have a sweet tooth like I do, then you’ll love this book! Be sure to check out both of Amy’s blogs: God, I love Paris and Sweet Freak.  Your own copy of Paris, My Sweet can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

I have one copy of Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas to share with my readers. To enter…

  • For 1 entry simply leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • For 2 entries, follow my blog.  If you already do, thank you, and please let me know so I can pass this extra entry on to you as well.
  • For 3 entries, blog or tweet this giveaway and spread the word!

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I’ll be drawing for the winner on Saturday, March 10/12.  Good luck!

Source:  Review copy provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are solely my own.

64 Comments to “Book Review: Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas & Giveaway”

  1. Janel says:

    You know how much I love books that talk about food! Visiting Paris is one thing I would like to do eventually. At least, for now, there are great books like this. I’ll have to visit from the comfort of my chair. :)

  2. This sounds wonderful. When I tell people we lived in France they imagine the world she imagined and the reality is different. It’s been a while since we lived in France, but when we did, the desserts weren’t really sweet and all the Americans who visited us were disappointed in them.

  3. Mary says:

    Sounds like a yummy memoir :)

    I’m a follower

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  4. Pat L. says:

    I loooove food related books. Sounds yummy. LOL.
    patoct@yahoo.com

  5. Pat L. says:

    I follow via gfc.
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  6. debbie says:

    I would love to read this book. I think I would consider going to Paris just to eat the desserts. Of course, I may not be able to fit on the plane coming back, but it would be worth it.LOL.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  7. debbie says:

    I am a gfc follower
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  8. Rachel W. says:

    I’m a follower- thanks for the giveaway!

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

  9. zibilee says:

    Since I can’t actually eat a lot of yummy treats, the second best thing is reading about them! This sounds like a great book with which to do that! I’d love to be counted in on your giveaway, Dar and thanks for hosting it!

    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

  10. Anne says:

    What a delectable memoir. many thanks.

  11. Anne says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  12. Ellie says:

    This book would be a treasure. Thanks for this giveaway.

  13. Ellie says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  14. Andi says:

    I have this waiting on my review pile and I cannot wait to dive in! It sounds delectable.

  15. Carol Wong says:

    I would love to fall in love with Paris via this book.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  16. Carol Wong says:

    I am a GFC follower of your blog.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

  17. Carol Wong says:

    I tweeted:
    http://t.co/45Xyq6Aj

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  18. bookworm says:

    This sounds like a great memoir Dar, and Amy does sound like she has a great outlook on life.
    Sorry I wasn’t around much yesterday for the GWTW discussion, I finally got online around 10pm to see what everyone had to say.

  19. blodeuedd says:

    I am still sad, there are no macaroon to be had in this city! :/ And this book made me crave them

  20. rhonda says:

    Love Paris book sounds wonderful. Lomazowr@gmail.com

  21. rhonda says:

    I am a follower.

  22. rhonda says:

    I will tweet. At rhondareads

  23. Mary Ward says:

    This sounds like a wonderful read. Since I can’t eat all the good stuff, at least I can read about it!

  24. Mary Ward says:

    I follow on GFC (mamie316) and by email.

  25. Serena says:

    This review reminds me of cookie monster and how he cannot resist even eating a cookbook simply because of the cookie pictures. LOL No need to enter me, but it sounds like a good one.

  26. amandasue says:

    I’d love a chance to read this.

  27. amandasue says:

    I’m a follower thanks.

  28. Natalie's Mama says:

    This book looks yummy.
    lovesthemets@yahoo.com

  29. Janine says:

    I’d like to enter, and I follow your blog.

  30. Linda Kish says:

    I’m getting hungry looking at all the treats on the Sweet Freak website. I would love to read this book. I just love treats.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  31. Linda Kish says:

    I am a GFC follower

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  32. JP says:

    This book sounds so good! I love foodie memoirs AND Paris, so this seems right up my alley! Thanks so much for hosting a giveaway! I entered on Goodreads, but didn’t win :(

    Anyway, I’m a GFC Follower: JP

  33. Margaret says:

    Totally want this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

  34. Margaret says:

    I’m a follower

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

  35. Margaret says:

    tweeted on twitter

    Margaret
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  36. Beth says:

    This looks great! Please enter me!

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  37. Beth says:

    I’m a Google Friend Connect follower.

    bethsbookreviewblog2 AT gmail DOT com

  38. Shannon says:

    I have added this to my list of “to read” so I hope I get it from this giveaway.

    I follow your blog and you on twitter.

    I tweeted about it: https://twitter.com/#!/ggjunk/status/169955495245914112

  39. Janet says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book!

    I follow you on Google reader.

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  40. bn100 says:

    This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. bn100 says:

    I follow your blog.

  42. Jessica Flinders says:

    This sounds like a perfectly delicious book!

  43. jennygirl says:

    Great review Darlene! Sound like one I should read with chocolate nearby :)

    [not an entry]

  44. marci says:

    thank you for the chance!

  45. marci says:

    follow you gfc (Marci)

  46. I received this book as an egalley and enjyed it very much. so would love to win it now to offer it to a friend. thanks for this great giveaway.
    I follow you through blogger, and I just tweeted and FBed about your giveaway.
    and here is my review:
    http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/02/01/i-love-france-14-review-6-2012-paris-my-sweet/
    I encourage you also to link your review at the end of my post for my French meme!

  47. Staci says:

    Paris for some crazy reason just speaks to me on a very personal level!!

  48. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

  49. karenk says:

    i’m a follower & an email subscriber, too :)

  50. Patricia says:

    Just finished reading Lunch in Paris yesterday — this would be the perfect dessert!

  51. Patricia says:

    I follow via Google Reader.

  52. Maureen says:

    It looks like a great story.

  53. Maureen says:

    I follow on GFC

  54. carla says:

    I think memoirs are one of my favorite types of book. I think it would be fun to follow her around NY and Paris.
    Please enter me Dar!
    and I follow with email too.

  55. [...] Amy Thomas chronicling her love affair with Paris and the awesome opportunity she had to live and work there for two years. And who doesn’t want to read a book describing all kinds of decadent and [...]

  56. LilMissMolly says:

    Thanks for the entry. I’m a GFC follower.

  57. elizabeth chenault says:

    i would love to read the book and follow your blog…sounds great thank you

  58. CassandraG says:

    Book sounds like a wonderful terrific read.
    GFC follower.

  59. Vicki says:

    I’d love a chance to win this book!
    irbratb(@)gmail(.)com

  60. Vicki says:

    I’m a Networked Blogs follower: Vicki Summers Newell
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  61. Harvee says:

    I can’t think of a nicer place to have dessert than Paris!

    I’m a follower.

    harvee44@yahoo.com

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