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French Lessons by Ellen Sussman

French Lessons

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An erotic, emotionally charged book set over a single day in the world’s most romantic city. Three French tutors meet their tutees but the lessons today could have a life long effect for all of them.

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French Lessons by Ellen Sussman

The only thing that lasts is love, even when it's gone. Three French tutors meet at a small cafe that spills out onto the sunny Parisian backstreet of Rue du Paradis. Nico, Philippe and Chantal meet here every Wednesday morning, before leading their students along the grand boulevards, winding alleyways and sweetly perfumed jardins of the city of lights. But today's lesson will be very different - and none of them are remotely prepared. Josie arrives in Paris desperate, alone, and hopeful that this trip might mend her broken heart. Ex-pat Riley is a long way from home and drifting further and further away from her husband. Could Philippe provide the distraction she craves - and can she gain the courage to break free? Jeremy is the dutiful husband of his famous actress wife. While she is busy filming on the banks of the Seine, he is content playing second fiddle. Until he meets Chantal...In the haze of a Paris summer, long-buried secrets rise to the surface and relationships are challenged. Can the lessons learned in one day change all of their tomorrows?


With heartbreak, surprises and inner longings revealed on each page, it's perfect for getting lost in while soaking in the tub. * Weightwatchers Magazine * Sussman makes the romance of Paris come alive... The narrative feels as light as a glass of rose but the insights carry the richness of a Burgundy * People * erotic, emotionally charged novel spanning two continents....delicious reading from the first page to the last. -- Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog Touching, thoughtful, hilarious, and exquisite in its observations... a perfect selection for book clubs, and an absolutely delightful read for anyone with a heart. -- Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters Charming, romantic, and brimming with Sussman's trademark joie de vivre, French Lessons is a novel to savor. -- Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Love Stories in this Town What a delicious read! With sexual tension that crackles on the page, I truly couldn't put down this literary page turner. Bookclubs: bust out your calendars. This novel's going on your list. -- Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief [A] luscious novel of love and longing ... the narrative feels light as a glass of rose at an outdoor cafe, but its insights carry the richness of a Burgundy * People (four stars) * ... sizzling escapist reading. * Entertainment Weekly * French Lessons is elegant and evocative, and took me straight to Paris... I wanted to savor every stroll, every scene. It's a lovely, delicious novel. -- Luanne Rice, author of Sandcastles A light, escapist read. * Red Magazine * Superior chick-lit, involving loss, death and disappointment, and Sussman has a natural, easy voice. * Independent on Sunday * A novel to savour, preferably while sipping a hot cafe au lait. * Ann Packer * A delightful novel full of joie de vivre. * Woman & Home * A wonderfully warm and sexy book telling the stories of Josie, Riley and Jeremy, three lonely people whose lives converge in Paris on one day...We loved it! * Bella Magazine *

About the Author

Ellen Sussman

Ellen Sussman is the author of On a Night Like This, which was a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller and is also the editor of two anthologies, Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia Of Sex and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, which was a New York Times Editors Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle Best-Seller. Ellen was named a San Francisco Library Laureate in 2004 and 2009. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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5th July 2012


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Canvas an imprint of Constable and Robinson


256 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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