French by Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France (Paperback)

An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France

By Rebecca S. Ramsey

Broadway Books, 9780767925228, 308pp.

Publication Date: April 24, 2007

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Description

Can a family of five from deep in the heart of Dixie find happiness smack dab in the middle of France?
"French By Heart "is the story of an all-American family pulling up stakes and finding a new home in Clermont-Ferrand, a city four hours south of Paris known more for its smoke-spitting factories and car dealerships than for its location in the Auvergne, the lush heartland of France dotted with crumbling castles and sunflower fields. The Ramseys are not jet-setters; they re a regular family with big-hearted and rambunctious kids. Quickly their lives go from covered-dish suppers to smoky dinner parties with heated polemics, from being surrounded by Southern hospitality to receiving funny looks if the children play in the yard without shoes.
A charming tale with world-class characters, "French By Heart "reads like letters from your funniest friend. More than just a slice of life in France, it's a heartwarming account of a family coming of age and learning what home sweet home really means.



About the Author

REBECCA S. RAMSEY lived with her family in a small village in central France for four years, beginning in 1999, before returning to Greer, South Carolina.


Praise For French by Heart: An American Family's Adventures in La Belle France

"I loved reading Rebecca Ramsey's account of her family's sojourn in France.  French By Heart is that winning (and rare) combination of a down-to-earth, witty voice with a sense of the mysterious and eternal.  The minute I finished the last page I started looking forward to her next book." -Josephine Humphreys, author of Nowhere Else on Earth

"Engaging, witty, and touching.  This book is a delight." – Bailey White

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