Bonjour! I’m Jennie, and I’m so glad you’re here.
When I was living in Manhattan, I fell in love with a French man who decided to marry me and bring me home. Fifteen years later, we’re still crazy about each other and our three kids. We live in a tiny little home, in the outskirts of Paris, with a working well and a garden full of lavender.
Consider this your welcome into our lives
I love to cook, so you’ll get lots of French recipes here. I have a gluten-intolerance, and a former addiction to alcohol, so all of the recipes are made with gluten-free, and alcohol-free ingredients – not a small feat for France. Here you’ll find plenty of dishes and tutorials that will inspire you to eat like a French person. They know stuff about eating.
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Do you like to learn new things? Me too! So each time we head to a new destination in France, I study its history, and give you a guided virtual tour with plenty of dreamy photos. We’ve toured Normandy, Brittany, Provence, Alsace, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, Ile de France, Auvergne, Brussels & the Swiss Alps – just to name a few. And we’re always looking for new places to visit, so stay tuned for what’s next.
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I write about faith, and I have a solid knowledge of the Bible. If you like that sort of thing, great! You’re in the right place. If you’re not so keen on Christianity, don’t worry – my readership is very mixed so you’re in good company. You can skip those posts, and stick around for the other things.
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I write longer works too! On the menu bar up there, you’ll see the link for “Books” which takes you to my author page. Otherwise, you can click right on the title to get Stars Upside Down – a memoir of travel, grief, and an incandescent God or here to get my modern romance, The Viscount of Maisons-Laffitte or here for my illustrated children’s book, Happy People Everywhere. I have just completed my Regency novel, Eleanor Marries for Love and am working on its sequel. I’ll keep you posted on the publishing date.
A Lady in France has been recognized by BlogHer’s Voice of the Year three times, and my memoir was awarded an honorable mention in the New York Book Festival and a Bronze metal by the Illumination Press. You can read about that and other things on the Press page.
Here are some fun facts about me:
I grew up in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of a symphony musician.
I was a lifeguard for the summers in between college.
I’ve lived in New York City, Paris, Taiwan, and three different countries in Africa.
I used to speak Mandarin really well – until I learned French and forgot everything.
I was hit by a car, and suffered head trauma. I battle depression as a result.
I have a habit of crying when I speak in public.
I love strong wind, and Chanel perfumes, and lavender & citrus scents, and white watches, and soft-serve vanilla ice cream, and babies, and Rachmaninoff, and china blue teacups, and the ocean, and Regency novels, and peonies, and pendant earrings, and French manicures, and burgundy carpets … and You!
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