Chasing Paris By Jen Carter

51lfwFg-MEL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_To my granddaughters–

My greatest sadness is in not knowing you. This I cannot change, but I do hope that you can forgive my absence. I have loved you from afar, and I have cherished the pictures and stories about you that Eva has shared with me. Please accept the gifts coming to you as a piece of my heart.

What would you do if you found out that someone you had no idea existed, was really your grandparent? Would you try to find out all you could about them, or push them under the rug and hope the thought of them will just disappear?

If you found a textbook with writing’s in the margins throughout the whole book, would you try to find the owner of that book, knowing that it might possibly have been lost by the old owner? What lengths would you be willing to go?

Amy Winthrow wasn’t going to let the new knowledge that the woman that she had grownup calling Nana, wasn’t really her grandmother. She finds some old letters that were written by Lizzie, her maternal grandmother. She finds out that Lizzie was a free spirit, willing to go to great lengths to show off her free spirit. She meets Billy Strath, an artist, in Paris as he paints.

Will was helping his friend write his English paper for school using an Renaissance Poetry textbook that he had bought at the school bookstore. But what he finds intrigue him…there are writing’s in the margins–lots of writings. Some of the writings pertain to the poems and others have more to do with the life of the person who wrote in the margins. He decides that he has to find the owner, because clearly the person who wrote in the margins would never have willingly given up this textbook. It was obviously a mistake.

What happens next brings Amy and Will together to help find out more about her long-lost grandmother, and brings Amy closer to her right path in life; the path she must take in order to be happy.

This coming of age book shows what happens when one doesn’t follow their dreams. 5 stars!



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3 responses to “Chasing Paris By Jen Carter

  1. You should sell books, Beth. This sounds so good.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. Sounds like a tear jerker! Good review, Beth!

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