French Lessons. A book give away.

by singlemomseeking on August 17, 2011

I first discovered Ellen Sussman (above) via her beautiful, riveting novel, On a Night Like This, about a single mom who is raising a teenager in San Francisco and finds out she is dying of cancer.

So, when I heard that Ellen was writing another novel — two primary characters are a single-mom-to-be and a remarried single mom — I knew I had to get my hands on it.

For the record, I most often pick up non-fiction over fiction. And I speak Spanish — not French. None of this mattered as I poured through this sexy, emotional novel.

The entire novel unfolds in one day (and you might read this book just as fast), and it was inspired by the time the author — a former single mom —  spent in Paris. Three Americans have traveled to the city, and each one has a different French tutor. What these six characters have in common is the fact that they all carry romantic baggage. (Don’t we all?)

As the day goes on, the stories begin to link. And the sexual tension builds. The book is so easy to read because it’s divided into sections with riveting descriptions that pull you in. You can finish section, and then let it go until later. This is the perfect end-of-summer novel!

If you want to read a great interview with Ellen about French Lessons, go to Women’s Fiction Writers by Amy Sue Nathan.


Ballantine Book is giving away a copy of French Lessons to one of you!

This enter the contest, please answer this question in the comments:

If you could go travel anywhere in the world — and have your own personal tutor for the day– where would you go? And why?


Winner to be chosen by at 9 p.m. PST on August 26.

P.S. There are no winners — so far! — to my last book give away because no one has guessed it right. Did I make the contest too hard?

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Paul October 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

I would love to go to Denmark. My brother in law lives there. He spent time with my family, told stories about his country, and allowed us to hear his language. It was beautiful, I would love to visit there someday and learn more about their culture.
.-= Paul´s last blog dating book =-.


Janine Kovac August 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

This is on my summer reading list! I was hoping to get Sussman to sign it (she was at a Litquake fundraiser yesterday, but I wasn’t!). Glad to know it’s so great. I’ll move it up in the queue.


Nicki August 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Okay, it would have to be Rome. I love Rome. I’ve been there. Oh, but it would have been better with a tutor. (I studied French and Spanish…and I majored in bread and pasta…)

PS. Guess who’s getting married on 09/10/11? Yeah. Me. Or is it ya, me? 😉
.-= Nicki´s last blog ..A Pilates Giveaway… =-.


j August 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Spain…ok…I admit it…fantasizing about men…


How Does She Do It Mom August 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

After a summer of BUSY I am back to my regular blog roll and as I stumbled across yours I remembered why I love it…always makes me think…romantic baggage…don’t we all have it!!

Thanks for the morning read and looking forward to catching up on posts!! 🙂


T August 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

What fun! I’m with you – choosing non-fiction over fiction. This sounds wonderful!

(Not that I don’t have 5 others books to start & finish!)

Me? I’m dying for a full Mediterranean vacation. Give me Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey…

Or just plop me down in Tuscany with a glass of Chianti. *swoon*
.-= T´s last blog ..Saudade* – Long(ing) Distance Relationship =-.


Annie August 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

I would travel to Clermont-Ferrand, France. My mother was born there. She died when I was ten, and I have no idea if she had any other family. I would love to find relatives and hear stories….As a single mom, I wish I had my mother to turn to nearly every day.
.-= Annie´s last blog ..Cheater =-.


Single Mom Seeking August 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

@Annie: Thank you for this beautiful comment.
.-= Single Mom Seeking´s last blog ..French Lessons. A book give away. =-.


butryflymom August 21, 2011 at 8:22 am

ITALY!! The most beautiful places, people, food, art, and culture. I want to drink the wine and bike ride through the hills. I have visited once and there is so much more to see.


Sara August 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Spain oh wait I know spanish maybe Ill learn catalan
Or better italy I would love to have an italian tutor me.


betsy August 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I would like to travel to Bali or India and have a yoga tutor. I can’t think of anything more gratifying than getting out of myself, pushing myself, and being able to just be without worry. Ever since I first took a yoga class, I feel deeply in love with it, but haven’t had time or money to deepen my study as much as I’ve wanted. To be able to travel to a beautiful and exotic local and just immerse myself with all the limbs of yoga without a worry in my mind would be a dream come true.

Of course, this is a fantasy because as a mom, I will always worry.


Just the Three of Us August 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Italy. Love the language. Love the culture. Love the food. I have always wanted to spend time there soaking it all in.


Monique August 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Paris! It’s always been my dream to go to Paris and sit at little cafe while watching people stroll by. I dream of kissing my beloved underneath the Effiel Tower while we have a picnic and watch our son play. Call me a romantic but there’s something about Paris that makes you believe in fairy tales *cue romantic french music*


Cat August 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Morocco, for the food and history


Ryan August 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Germany, because that is where my ancestors are from. I have always wanted to go and see the people and culture in person.


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